Cycle Touring in Greece


Cycle Touring in Greece
Greece, the cradle of western civilisation, with a sun-drenched Mediterranean climate, is a perennially popular destination. 18 UNESCO sites, a wealth of historical landmarks and amazing landscapes with one of the longest coastlines in the world, mean the travel options here are abundant. The tavernas are welcoming and you can sip ouzo over ice with the locals. Greek food is fresh and uncomplicated and well suited to energy-hungry cyclists.
 Greece Regions Map

Greece is not particularly well known as a cycling destination though, with over 80% of the country being mountainous - though not at Alpine heights. However unsurprisingly mountain biking and on-road climbing routes are plentiful. With a population of only 11 million and relatively few cycle tourists, it isn’t hard to get to quiet or remote countryside.
 

Northern Greece

This region is mostly mountainous with a more extreme climate than the rest of the country. Hot dry summers and cold wet winters, particularly on the western side, mean the tourism season is shorter than elsewhere. It can make for great cycling, albeit more challenging due to a less developed tourist infrastructure - perhaps better though for experiencing the ‘real’ Greece.
A highlight is the descent to the sea from the home of the gods at Mt Olympus - at the end of which is
Greece's second city, Thessaloniki.
Nearby is the popular and easily accessible Halkidiki region with its beautiful three-peninsula trident and the world-renowned Greek Orthodox site at Mt. Athos.
More off the beaten trail but in a very imposing landscape, is another amazing and famous monastery complex, UNESCO heritage listed Meteora.

Meteora monastery


Central Greece

Also quite mountainous, Central Greece has plenty of mountain bike and climbing tours as it is generally more accessible and a higher population means more infrastructure. Getting closer to Athens has the bonus of more historical monuments and sites - like the fields of Marathon and Thermopylae. And although not particularly bike friendly the city of Athens more than compensates with it's vast history and culture - particularly, but not totally, of the ancient variety. The surrounding Attica region and the Saronic Gulf and islands make for much better cycling.

 

Peleponesse

The Peloponnese to the south has arguably the best cycling in the country. It shares the rugged terrain of the north but with a better network of roads and trails, and without the traffic congestion or air pollution of the areas around Athens. Consequently you will find more organised tours. The region also has some of the greatest historical sites like Olympia (home of the ancient Olympic Games) Epidaurus, Mycenae and Sparta as well as countless Byzantine churches, castles and settlements.
Also to be found in abundance are vineyards, olive groves and stunning scenery including mountains, valleys, forests, beaches and amazing Mediterranean views over aquamarine and turquoise water. Regional towns such as Nafplio and Kalamata make excellent bases for bike tours.

Bike on a Greek beach


The Islands

However it is the islands that are the best-known and most visited parts of the country. There are 227 inhabited islands with many times that number uninhabited. By and large these are microcosms of the mainland with hilly terrain away from the coast. One of the best ways to bike these is on a bike and boat tour where several islands, or even island groups, can be visited.
The Ionian, Cyclades and Dodecanese (or South Aegean) groups are perhaps the most popular although the North Aegean is equally of interest. Combining the islands with some of the Greek or Turkish mainland can provide even more variety of both sights and cycling.
Being by far the largest island, Crete is a destination in itself with a host of tours available in a range of degrees of difficulty. The Minoan civilisation, the earliest in Europe, was centred here and left a wealth of archaeological sites and remains.
 
Relaxing on board your accommodation while crossing the dazzling Aegean or Ionian Seas, together with making the most of your time on land, has to be one of the best holidays around. Or an easy bike ride in the almost year-round warm sunshine, a challenging mountain climb or taking in some of the extraordinary history and culture at cycling pace, you can’t really go wrong with Greece.

 
Check out below some of the awesome tours available from the best operators.
For more information on cycle touring we recommend the cycling page of the Visit Greece website.

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Ionian Islands Bike & Sail

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
208 Km
avg 35 Km
Guided

In the Ionian sea off the west coast of Greece and beyond the southern tip of the Peloponnese lie the idyllic Ionian Islands, the perfect setting for a sailing and cycling adventure. Travelling from Corfu, this journey leads you to some of Greece' ...

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Greek Islands Bike & Boat

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
146 Km
avg 24 Km
Guided

In the South Aegean off mainland Greece is a group of more than 30 islands known as the Cyclades. Whitewashed houses with blue shutters, a labyrinth of narrow streets flowing through cobblestone villages, sandy beaches and a relaxed island lifestyle ...

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Island Hopping Greece

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9 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

'Island Hopping Greece' showcases Greece as an ancient giant endowed with present day adventure. During this 9-day tour we navigate across pristine beaches, stone ruins, mythological mountains and multi-coloured cliffs. After marveling at the ...

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Transcrete Challenge

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7 Day(s)
Moderate
286 Km
avg 48 Km
Self-guided

Transcrete is a selection of our favorite mountain bike tours at the three most beautiful mountains of Crete that encompasses the best features of this mythic island. Enjoy swimming at the most beautiful beaches, taste the famous Cretan cuisine and e ...

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Cretanization

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7 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

Cretanization is a collection of bike tours in order to get a complete view of Crete. We do not do five bike tours at the same area. Crete is a big island and we want to show you all the different landscapes and aspects of our island and all this in ...

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Cycle Training in Crete

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8 Day(s)

CyclingCreta and Lyttos Beach Hotel offer to all sport enthusiasts an unforgettable experience in a magnificent area at the center of Crete next to the sea.Lyttos Beach Hotel is Cretas leading sports center equipped with dozens facilities.

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Aposelemis

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4.5 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
19 Km
Guided

This is a tour for those that do some sports casually. During the easy uphill you will impresed of the olive forest of Avdou village , the magnificent view of Ampelos and Rozas canyons, the valley with the traditional villages and the hills where in ...

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Herbs & Olives

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4.5 Hour(s)
Easy
15 Km
Guided

Feel the wind on your face, listen the twits of the birds, smell the fragrant herbs, touch the ancient olive trees, see the view of the mountains, taste some real Cretan cuisine. Bike tour for all focused on the direct contact with the nature rather ...

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Athens and Saronic Islands by bike

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
127 Km
avg 25 Km
Self-guided

From Athens you travel by boat to the islands, each with its own unique charm. On cycle routes you explore the beaches, wetlands, beautiful coastline, villages and ancient sites. The temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina. Plea ...

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Mountainous Korinthia - two mountains and a lake

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2 Day(s)

Enchanting journeys await the visitor at 1,500 meters above sea level, through dense forests on the slopes of Helmos and Ziria. The two mountains, thanks to their rich biodiversity, have been declared as protected areas (Natura 2000 Network) and Nati ...

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Pelion - a homeland of the Centaurs

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7 Day(s)

Pelion was the summer residence of the Olympian Gods and the home of the Centaurs. Today it is a haven for mountain bikers as it is covered with shady forests and full of running waters. We cycle at 1,400 m. through towering beeches in a breathtaking ...

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Amfiklia - 50 shades of green

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3 Day(s)
42 Km
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We go cycling on Parnassus and Kallidromo, the mountains east and west of the Valley of Kifissos River, on a forest path which often hosts the Acropolis Rally. At an altitude of 1,350 meters there are lakes, streams and green plateaus creating a have ...

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Aegina - the island of Aphaia

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1 Day(s)
47 Km
Guided

The town of Aegina was the first capital of the Modern Greek state after the Greek Revolution. It is considered the jewel of the Saronic Gulf by its numerous local and foreign fans. It is also known for its unique peanut variety which is cultivated i ...

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Athens - the alternative picture of the city

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1 Day(s)
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We will cycle past historic and archaeological sites, picturesque, old neighborhoods, the heart of the shopping center, but also traditional Athenian places of green suitable for walking and recreation.On our route, however, we also discover the puls ...

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Parnitha Mountain - royal estate Dekelias

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1 Day(s)
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This one day cycling tour takes place in Parnitha mountain and especially at the summer palace of the former Royal Family of Greece situated in Tatoi , the ancient Dekelia area. The palace is built in 10.000 acre estate which includes numerous well p ...

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Greece

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8 Day(s)
Self-guided

Almost unbelievable but true. On this bike tour you will experience the current Greece at its best and at the same time you discover ancient treasures of world level. You start in Tripoli, the capital of the Peloponnese with a wonderful round trip, w ...

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Crete Bike and Golf Lifestyle Tour

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12 Day(s)
Easy

Active yet relaxing, and filled with variety - this biking and golfing tour gives you the best of Greece's largest island on our Crete bike and golf lifestyle tour. Cycle past olive and orange trees to dreamy mountain villages and azure bays. Pla ...

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Crete Mountain Biking

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
Guided

This trip offers scenic mountain biking on sunny west Crete's hills and coastlines, with the fun and support of a guided tour.

You'll bike from the north coast to the south, from bustling cities to mountain and fishing villages ...

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Greece Bike and Sail

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8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
Guided

Discover the idyllic Ionian islands from your bike and a 2-masted yacht.

The whitewashed houses and crystal blue waters are the sights that dreams are made of. ...

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Albania

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9 Day(s)
Advanced
Guided

Join us for an unforgettable bike tour that will introduce you to the people, history and majesty of southern Albania. From the seat of a bike, we will explore southern Albania, a region known for its pristine mountain valleys, snowcapped peaks, pict ...

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