In order to bring you the best possible user experience, this site uses Javascript. If you are seeing this message, it is likely that the Javascript option in your browser is disabled. For optimal viewing of this site, please ensure that Javascript is enabled for your browser.

Home  /  See and do  /  Activities  /  Land Sports  /  Cycling

Cycling in Greece

With a bicycle and a backpack!

Cycling can without a doubt be a great pleasure. The easygoing sense of freedom which a cycling holiday can provide has created an entire travel culture of its own. Greece has a longstanding tradition in cycling. There are some 80 or so clubs around the country involved in road biking and track racing, as well as BMX dirt bikes and mountain biking.

The history of cycling began for Greece in the 19th century. Indeed, in the first modern Olympics which were held in 1896 in Athens, the Greek cyclist Aristidis Konstantinidis won the gold medal in the road bicycle race.

The routes which can be enjoyed by bicycle in Greece are among the best in the world. Some are very demanding because of the hilly terrain, others are less strenuous, but nevertheless beautiful. Cyclists, in the spirit of competition or simply with a desire to explore, will find that Greece has wonderful countryside in which to pursue their favourite sport.

You can cycle almost everywhere in the countryside, combining tourism and physical exercise. Since the climate is favorable by providing sunshine on most days during the year, in conjunction with low humidity, you can easily cycle around Greece throughout most months.

As for mountain biking, there are special trails for this sport throughout the country. Even around Athens a cyclist can visit some interesting routes for mountain biking in Parnitha, Varibobi, Pentedli and Dionisos. Other appealing regions in the country are: Evia, Evrytania, Karytaina Arcadia, Mani, Parnassos and Nafpaktos.You can get more information on the routes and mountain biking in general from local cycling associations. There are also private companies that offer cycling tourism programs, from a simple bicycle ride to mountain biking, which also provide participants with all the necessary equipment.

Touring towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less familiar pathways. Apart from Athens (in some municipalities), you can find bike lanes in many Greek cities such as Thessaloniki, Volos Karditsa, Trikala, Larissa, Kavala, Nafplion, Lamia and Messolonghi. 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! You can find more information about Biking on the islands here.

Results
ARTA
Mountain biking in Epirus

Epirus is the region of Greece with steep and imposing relief, criss-crossed by mountains and rivers ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts. Going from north to south, the mountain ranges are...

ATTICA
Biking in Athens

The capital of Greece, with the joys of the mountain and the pleasures of the sea equally available, can really thrill the bikers. Mount the bicycle of your imagination and follow us on an...
Touring Greek towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less...

CYCLADES
Biking - Ios

Due to its ground morphology, Ios island is an ideal place for mountain biking. Visitors can explore hills, mountains and plateaus by bike following dirt roads or pathways and discover amazing...

ILIA
Touring Greek towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less...

IOANNINA
Mountain biking in Epirus

Epirus is the region of Greece with steep and imposing relief, criss-crossed by mountains and rivers ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts. Going from north to south, the mountain ranges are...

MAGNESIA
Touring Greek towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less...

PREVEZA
Mountain biking in Epirus

Epirus is the region of Greece with steep and imposing relief, criss-crossed by mountains and rivers ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts. Going from north to south, the mountain ranges are...

RETHYMNO
Rethymno by bike

If you are in the mood for wonderful bike rides under Crete’s sunny skies and feel the urge to explore the countryside, as well as its rich history, cycling in Rethymno is a fine option for you. Some...

THESPROTIA
Mountain biking in Epirus

Epirus is the region of Greece with steep and imposing relief, criss-crossed by mountains and rivers ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts. Going from north to south, the mountain ranges are...

THESSALONIKI
Touring Greek towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less...

TRIKALA
Touring Greek towns and cities by bike

A bike is one of the best means of transport for getting to know a city. Cyclists can combine a great form of exercise with an appetite for exploration, and enjoy Greek cities through the less...

explore Greece by region

Visitgreece.gr is the official tourism web site for Greece, run by the Greek National Tourism Organisation, where you'll find information on the main tourist destinations, such as cities, beaches, as well as activities, events and much more!

All content included on this site consists intellectual property of GNTO and you are not allowed to reproduce the whole or part of this work in any way without the written permission of GNTO. 
For information please contact: webmaster@gnto.gr    All Rights Reserved. GNTO © 2014.