If the thought of going on a motorcycle trip has crossed your mind and you are now in search of a destination, search no more, as we have planned out the perfect trip in mountainous Central Greece for you! Get ready to ride a part of the road network, which runs through Greece’s backbone, revealing priceless cultural and natural gems.
As a biker you’ll love Roumeli’s charming terrain. This mountainous territory of sheer beauty, with fascinating landscapes, is one of the best places in Greece where you can take a spin on a road network filled with twist and turns; what else does a motorbike lover want? Mountains, curves, woods, rivers and in general spellbinding nature are all there to intrigue you!
Enjoy this challenging landscape by riding down to Mornos’ River banks on a twisty road; green or snow-capped mountaintops that practically come in contact with the clouds; streams traversing rugged cliffs and gorges as well as picturesque villages, which appear out of nowhere among fir and chestnut trees!
Parnassida -Dorida - Fokida - Mountainous Nafpaktia
Let the Visit Greece team introduce you to a beloved bikers’ destination.
Fill your gas tanks, put your helmets on and take the old highway Athens - Lamia towards Livadeia. It is well worth a stop for coffee/beverage by Kryas Springs although it is relatively close to Athens (140km).
Hop on your bike and head up to Mt. Parnassos. It is the most renown and steeped in history mountain in Greece, which lent its name to the wider area, known as Parnassida nowadays.
Villages that promise to meet your desires are scattered throughout the area: historic or cosmopolitan settlements are all there to enchant you. If you are more into a jet-set destination choose Arachova Village; then again if you prefer a simpler, less is more type of lifestyle, head for Eptalofo, Polydroso and Lilaia, where you can relax under their centuries old plane trees.
At the gorge separating Mt. Parnassos from Mt. Giona you’ll come across the historic town of Gravia, famous for a battle that took place here in 1921. Continue towards Amfissa, but make sure to make a stop at the Vagonetto Mining Park, where you’ll experience the lives of miners and tour its enticing underground galleries.
Hop on your bikes and continue your journey by going up the Vardousia Mountains towards Agios Athanasios. The twisty roads, rivulets and ravines, embraced in a sylvan setting, will blow your mind away. Visit the shaded by huge plane trees cobblestone built square in the little village of Athanasios Diakos and savour local dishes from Roumeli. Include a visit to the Natural Park of Alternative Tourism and the waterfalls of Kremasti, located in the settlement of Stromi. Continue your trip by heading down south following Mornos’ River flow from above. The twisty road ahead and the aroma of fir and cedar trees will flood your soul with an exhilarating sense of freedom; in the meantime admire the unique scenery of the sky’s reflection in Mornos lake, which is snuggled between Vardousia and Giona Mountains. Try to fit in your itinerary a stop by the damn (of the tallest ones in Europe), the Velouchovo Springs as well as the partly submerged village Kallio.
The winding and scenic road is a result of the consecutive mountain summits, ravines, forests, plains, rivers and rivulets that you’ll come across on your journey. In the mountainous Nafpaktia area, a sum of 7 mountains and 43 villages, are waiting for you to discover them on your way to Kravara Village.
This is an area where tourism and its infrastructures have grown, especially in the villages of Elatou and Ano Chora. Keep note that the two settlements are joint by a spectacular road for motorbikers. The name, Elatou, means fir tree in Greek and practically refers to the large quantity of fir trees that surround the stone built village with its narrow alleys, which create the perfect serene destination to awaken the romance among “love birds”. Ano Chora Village is built on the foot of Mt. Syrtas, snuggled in a sylvan charm, with fir and chestnut trees, impressive traditional architecture, offering a quiet and laid back stay. Since you are in the area you should also pay a visit to the stone built arched bridge, between the villages Ampelakiotissa and Ano Chora; the various traditional inns; the Monastery of Panagia Ampelakiotissa as well as the artificial lake of Evinos River.
With your hearts and souls filled with awesome experiences, it’s now time to head back south. From Mt. Pindos edges down to Nafpaktos - a historic town and jewel of the wider area of Aitoloakarnania. Head along the northern seaside road of the Korinthian Gulf all the way to Athens. Don’t miss out on making a stop at the renowned nautical-town of Galaxidi as well as to the Monastery of Osios Loukas, which is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Day 1 (From Athens to Elatou)
Day 2 (From Elatou back to Athens)