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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Island of Crete - Land of Zorba

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12 Day(s)
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Bicycling Magazine called Classic Adventures' bicycle tour of Crete 'one of the 50 best rides on the planet.' For more than 25 years we have been refining our tour of this island paradise, with 2 optional hikes. Majestic mountains sweep d ...

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Classical Greece

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11 Day(s)
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White marble columns, gnarled olive trees, turquoise blue skies and radiant sunsets are reflections of Greece. Archeological monuments reflect Greece's glorious past. Donkeys, sheep, and goats remind us of a simpler age that cherishes village lif ...

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Island Of Crete - Extreme

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12 Day(s)
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The magic of Crete lies in its natural beauty - majestic, sweeping mountains and emerald-blue seas. Lyrical bells of grazing sheep and the aromas of wild herbs add to the Mediterranean magic. With its unique history, friendly people and natural beaut ...

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Magical Peloponnesus

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10 Day(s)
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We will cycle on the Peloponnesus, the heartland of Greek history. We will start near Corinth and then cycle across the northern part of the Peloponnesus. Ancient sites at Corinth (where apostle Paul preached), Nemea (games before Olympia), Mycene (l ...

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East Crete Cycling

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The Crete Mountain Biking tours offer cycling with mountain bikes on dirt roads, old trails and isolated asphalt roads in Crete, to visit traditional villages and mountainous and coastal areas. With the gentle whir of the pedaling, you may enjoy the ...

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Central Crete Cycling

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The Crete Mountain Biking tours offer cycling with mountain bikes on dirt roads, old trails and isolated asphalt roads in Crete, to visit traditional villages and mountainous and coastal areas. With the gentle whir of the pedaling, you may enjoy the ...

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Central Crete Biking

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Once the home of Europe's earliest civilization - Minoan civilization, the island of Crete is the land of legends - Zeus, Minotaur, Daidalos and Ikaros, Zorba and the land of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.Our Crete Mountain Biking tours ...

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Biking In East Crete

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Our Crete Mountain Biking tours offer cycling with our mountain bikes on dirt roads, old trails and isolated asphalt roads in Crete, to visit traditional villages and mountainous and coastal areas. With the gentle whir of our pedaling, we enjoy the s ...

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Messinia Coastal Bike Tour

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7 Day(s)
Moderate
200 Km
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Day 1: Arrival in Kalamata
Day 2: Kalamata-Petalidi-Ag. Andreas
Day 3: Ag. Andreas-Koroni-Finikounda-Methoni
Day 4: Methoni-Pylos-Gialova-Voidokilia Beach-Pylos
Day 5: Pylos-Kalamata
Day 6: Free Day in Kalamata
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South Greek Aegean

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147 Km
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Since ancient times Rhodes has received the name of the sun god Helios with reason to its name: With over 3.000 hours of sundhine each year it is one of the sunniest regions in Europe; proving that Helios still pays special attention to his island. W ...

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Central Greek Aegean

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8 Day(s)
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183 Km
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On a comfortable Turkish gulet and by bicycle we explore the sun islands of the Greek Aegean. The islands are a magical and mythical world filled with historical monuments and an abundance of stories. Come with us on a voyage of discovery and experie ...

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The Gulf of Corinth and the Ionian Islands

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8 Day(s)
165 Km
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Join us on a fascinating journey through time and culture! This Islandhopping special tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. For one week, travelling by bicycle and on the two-masted motor sailer, Panagiota, w ...

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Cyclade Islands

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8 Day(s)
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150 Km
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The Cyclades, an archipelago comprised of more than 30 islands, is the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its diversity: Gleaming white cubic houses wit ...

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Ionian Islands

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
200 Km
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On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands.From Corfu, which was th ...

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The Cretan Monkey Tribe

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4 Hour(s)
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20 Km

Our new highlight for young families with children between 9 months and 12 years of age.In the fruity valley of Agia there lives a secret tribe. This is the tribe of BABIS, the monkey. They are sportive, they are strong, they are clever. You can beco ...

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Meskla - The Orange Experience

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4 Hour(s)
Easy
23 Km

The starting point for this very easy bestseller tour is a colourful church sourrounded by giant plane trees in the lush, green valley of Meskla. Our trip leads us at a leisurely speed into a Cretan version of the Garden of Eden. Grapes, mulberries, ...

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Skines - Contrasts of Olive and Orange

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4 Hour(s)
Moderate
45 Km

On this active tour - with a few moderate rises - we bike on small asphalt roads and well-maintained agricultural trails (30%) through the lush green valley of the river Mavros until we reach Crete's largest orange growing area at Skines. On our ...

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Aptera - Apokoronas Nature & Culture

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1 Day(s)
Moderate
60 Km

A mix of nature and culture expects us on this trip. We reach ancient Aptera via a scenic ride starting from the Plateau of Malaxa. Nowhere else on Crete will you find as much concentrated history in one spot: Minoan walls, Doric fortifications, a Gr ...

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Cretan Jungle Trail - A Subtropical Family Adventure

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4 Hour(s)
Moderate
23 Km

From our starting point on 750m we enjoy a breathtaking view of the North coast and of the highest peaks of the White Mountains. A first short - but thrilling - downhill ride per bike will bring us to the entrance of the Jungle Trail. An adventurous ...

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Cretorama Panoramic Views of Crete

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4 Hour(s)
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This newly created medium tour reveals all the treasures of GAIA - the mystical Mother Earth - that has provided so much for Crete. We start our cycling tour with unforgettable views, mountain panoramas of the giant range of the White Mountains, roll ...

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