In Greece you can cycle almost anywhere in the countryside and combine an adventurous holiday with a bit of good exercise. The Greek climate is so pleasant with sunshine most days, there is a low humidity and you can easily cycle in Greece most of the year. There are though certain things to be aware of when road biking in Greece…
Do you also love the sense of freedom getting from a to b on your bicycle? A cycling holiday in Greece is an entirely different travel experience than moving around with motorized vehicles. The cycling culture in Greece goes way back. In fact, the history of cycling started in the 19th century, where the first Olympic games in modern times took place in Athens in 1896. Here the Greek cyclist Aristidis Konstantinidis won the gold medal in the race of road bicycle.
Cycling holiday in Greece
You will find around 80 clubs around the country, both clubs for road biking and clubs for track racing, not to forget mountain biking. You will enjoy the most stunning biking routes in Greece, whether you are in the demanding hilly terrain or the easier ones next to the sea. Go exploring the beautiful Greek countryside while enjoying your favorite sport 😊
Sightseeing in towns and cities by bike
A great way to explore the Greek towns is from the saddle of your bike. You can stop wherever you like and park with ease. Beware, though, of the motorized traffic and try staying on bike lanes where they have been developed. In Athens you will find bike lanes in some municipalities as well as in other Greek cities like Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos, Karditsa, Kavala, Trikala, Lamia, Messolonghi and Nafplion. Sightseeing from your bicycle allows you to explore the cultural treasures of a region in a relaxed and environmental-friendly way.
Biking in the Greek islands
Some of the Greek islands are suited for cycling in a relaxed way while others, with a more rocky and mountainous terrain is better suited for mountain biking. Some islands are ideally suited for relaxed, non-competitive cycling while some others, with their sizeable areas of mountainous terrain, are ideal locations for mountain biking. The choice is yours!
Cycling versus hiking
If you compare sightseeing in Greece hiking with biking the great advantage for the traveler biking is that he travels greater distances than by hiking. According to your physical condition and experience you can follow a route fitting the degree of difficulty that suits you. Many biking tour operators are renting el-bikes as well as ordinary road bikes. So, if you feel that Greece has a terrain to hilly for your taste and physical condition you can always choose an el-bike.
Bike routes in Crete
Crete is a big island and here cycling is a perfect opportunity to round and about covering greater distances during a day in total harmony with nature. You can explore the countryside and discover the rich history, biking in the four big, old cities of Crete: Heraklion, Chania, Agios Nicholaos and Rethymno. Each of them has a gorgeous countryside with great beaches in a cycling range.
Rethymno cycling routes
Cycling in the region of Rethymno is a great option for exploring the stunning nature with the White Mountains and Mt. Psiloreitis, the beautiful beaches, the historic monasteries, the mysterious caves and spending lunch time in one of the traditional villages on the hillsides. Enjoy the taste of the delicious Cretan dishes, have a glass of local raki or wine while taking in the view over the landscape.
You will find routes for beginners and routes for more experienced cyclists, and you can choose among both paved country roads and dirt roads.
Get to know Crete the cyclist way!
Find a brochure with 22 routes in the region of Rethymno with additional info on the type of path, the distances in kilometers as well as information about the best sights and villages on your route. Get your Rethymno cycling routes brochure clicking the link below.
Safety comes first!
Before you start out on your bike tour always find information on heights, distances in kilometers and the recommended stops on your route. And then enjoy your biking with a helmet on, sunscreen and appropriate shoes and clothes for the weather. Carry some energy bars or other concentrated food and water with you plus a phone number of someone who can help you if anything goes wrong.
Cycling tours in Greece
Bicycling in Greece will let you get to know some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal blue water in the world, picturesque villages nestled in hilly landscapes, and great historical and archaeological sites. Almost every destination on biking trips boasts some significant temple or ruin; the most renowned include the ruins of Agamemnon’s palace in Mycenae, the temple Poseidon (the god of the sea) in Poros, and the ruins of the first Olympic site in Olympia.
Explore more than 1,400 Greek islands
Greece is blessed with a remarkably varied and dramatic land- and seascape. You can stand anywhere in Greece and still be within 100 kilometers of the sea. The country has more than 1,400 islands and islets, several snowy mountain ranges, 15,000 kilometers of coastline, dozens of thermal healing waters, and Europe’s richest flora and fauna with over 6,500 species and subspecies.
Road cycling in the Greek countryside
Get on your bike and drive through picturesque villages and old olive groves. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea while following coastal routes. Explore the Greek countryside and enjoy your breaks in tavernas and kafeneia on your way.
Tour operators, bike rentals and route planners
Bike route planner
Cycling routes and bike maps in all of Greece
A team organizing biking tours all over Greece. The team has adapted their great expertise to the Greek nature and environment in general.
Boat & Bike
Island hopping in the Cyclades with your bike
Cykling around all of Greece
Rent a bike in Zakynthos