Greece has a mild climate and a plethora of landscapes and terrain for cyclists: mountain villages, lush forests, pristine beaches and ancient sites. While the islands offer many cycling possibilities, the Greek mainland also has many fantastic biking options, and is often overlooked. Here are some of the most spectacular locations to cycle in Greece.
Greece’s second biggest island, Evia is a beautiful place for cycling. The 180-kilometer-long island has beautiful mountains, lush forests, ancient monuments, picturesque villages, and a winding coastline bordered by scenic beaches and small coves. Make your holiday a cycling vacation and explore this island, which, according to mythology, was the land of the Cyclops.
The Peloponnese is definitely an exciting region to explore, whether by car or by bike. For a scenic bike ride, the Vytina to Ladonas lake route is simply picture-perfect. This little haven in the heart of Arcadia takes you through lush forests, mountainous roads and lakes. The 105-kilometer route is not for the faint of heart and includes a few climbing challenges, but your efforts will definitely be rewarded.
Starting from Athens, the road to Cape Sounio is an 87-kilometer-long coastal route that takes you through the Athenian Riviera, all the way to the southern tip of the Attica Peninsula, where the Temple of Poseidon awaits. Depending on your time of departure, you may encounter a bit of traffic on Poseidonos Avenue, which connects the city to the southern suburbs. Once the traffic subsides, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the Saronic Gulf.
Located in the center of the country, the Thessaly region is known for its natural beauty and for Meteora, the UNESCO-listed are where you can visit cliff-top monasteries perched on spectacular rocks. The monasteries are connected by a road, which is perfect for bikers. While the ascent may be a little bit tough, the view from the top is undoubtedly worth it.
If you’re looking for a cycling tour of Greece, check out Cycle Greece. This creative company offers a wide variety of guided or self-guided cycling tours, ranging from easy to advanced, in Peloponnese, the Cyclades and Saronic islands.
For relaxing cycling holidays, Evia-based Greek Cycle Holiday offers vacations for small groups of cyclists, including accommodation in a villa.
If you are vacationing in Lefkada, Get Active organizes mountain and road biking tours on the island or in Meganisi, another island nearby.