Discover ancient ruins, thousands of dazzling islands, picturesque mountain villages or even lush forest. This is Greece - a country of fascinating history, wonderful cuisine and laid-back locals. Bask in the blue skies and find out just why bicycle lovers rate this as one of the finest countries to explore on two wheels.
No visit to this sun-kissed land would be complete without seeing the historic capital of Athens, where the iconic 5th-century Acropolis stands atop a rocky outcrop looking out over the city. Riding around the pedestrianized zone that surrounds the citadel is fantastic, but equally, take the time to pedal through Athens’ quirky streets to discover urban delights, exquisite Byzantine churches and of course, excellent food.
Away from the city, islands are a key part of Greece’s culture and history. With 6,000 to its name, picking where to begin can be hard. However, the Cyclades are a great place to begin. Ragged coastline, mesmerising blue seas and the traditional white houses with blue shutters will immediately leave an impression. In particular, the island of Seriphos stands out as you get off the beaten track to ride along deep valleys, past gorgeous bays and sumptuous beaches. Of course, there is always time to cool off and take a swim.
Elsewhere, the Sardonic Islands are another big highlight in Greece and in particular, Poros Island. The cute town centre is perfect for ambling along, enjoying the smells before ascending to the temple of Poseidon for a breathtaking view over the island. Boasting secluded beaches surrounded by lush vegetation, Poros Island has earned its reputation as an Aegean gem.
Leaving the beautiful Poros Island may be tricky, but luckily more sensational scenery, cycling, and treasures await on the Peloponnese mainland. Heading for the ancient city of Epidaurus - home to the famous and architecturally stunning amphitheater - on your bike is made easier when you are supported by the beautiful blue hues of the Aegean Sea, while you glide past olive groves and picturesque hamlets where friendly locals wave.
The varied cycling conditions in Greece makes no day the same and no sooner have you left Epidaurus, you are enjoying bobbly mountain roads before swapping it up for some climbing on tricky roads through luscious vineyards to reach Ancient Nemea. Once famous for its ancient stadium, now the city is known for its wine, and trying some is a must.
And when it comes to sampling the local fare in Greece you are well catered for. Tasty, crumbly feta, honeyed cheeses, gorgeous salads and of course, excellent shots of ouzo are always ready to be enjoyed. Combined with sun-kissed islands, fascinating history, and friendly locals, it really makes the perfect recipe for a bicycle adventure.