As a cycling destination Greece is perhaps not so well known. Nevertheless, Greece is a great cycling country. The Mediterranean climate ensures that bicycling is possible nearly all year. Spring (May, June) and autumn (September, October) are the ideal bike routes because of the milder temperatures. Moreover, the country has good roads and a wide variety of landscapes and picturesque villages. On your bike you will be able to escape the crowded tourist attractions easily and you will find the tranquility of the countryside. Many Greek islands are great for cycling (including Kos, Corfu, Kefalonia and Rhodes), but also close to Athens it is possible to go mountain biking: Barely 35 km north of Athens is the Parnitha national park with some excellent mountain biking trails.
Greece is a renowned holiday destination in the world, ranked 15 in the world by number of visitors. The diverse and picturesque landscape is perfect to discover by bike. The main attractions are beaches in Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean, the 1.400 islands, the rich history, the local cuisine and the hospitality of the Greek people. Greece is an up and coming cycling destination that has amazing things to offer to cyclists. It counts with vast countryside with sparse traffic, and an extensive network of roads. Of course, other main attractions of the country are the many Greece beaches decorating its coasts. There are long white sandy beaches with turquoise crystal waters and small beaches surrounded by huge cliffs or pine and palm trees forests.
Cycling on the Greek Islands.
The Greek islands are perhaps the most magical collection of islands to be found anywhere in the world. Some of them are excellent for cycling: from the green and pleasant Ionian islands (Corfu, Kefalonia and Zante) to the sun-kissed Dodecanese islands like Kos, Rhodes and Crete.
Ionian Islands (Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakyntos)
Ionian Islands are located in the west of mainland Greece, a few kilometers from the coast of Albania, known for its mild climate, rainy winter, with ever green mountains and clear waters and warm.
The most famous of the Ionian Islands is Corfu, the island of 3 million evergreen olive green, with taverns so popular, fishing villages, Venetian architecture and lots of fun. The Old Town of Corfu on the island of the same name, is a World Heritage Site. A Greek island off the western coast of Albania, Corfu is strategically placed at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. As such, it was used by Venice as a defensive outpost to defend its maritime trading interest against the Ottomans. There are three forts in Corfu designed by the Venetians. The Old Town of Corfu has old houses of neoclassical style from the Venetian period. Many of these were built much later, in the 19th century. The forts are still standing. They were repaired when Corfu was under British rule during the 19th century.
Zakynthos is the southernmost and third largest island. Situated 300 km west of Athens, the island offers tourists can easily visit other islands in the Ionian Sea. Zakynthos is an island and the contradictions – the mountains with pine forests, fertile plains, numerous beaches, very different and difficult to count, ribs taxes led to the formation caves, such as for example the wonderful Blue Cave in northwestern island. The climate is mild Mediterranean, with high rainfall, but the sun in winter, the vegetation is rich, always green, which justify the designation of “Fior di Levante”, and olives, citrus and grapes are in great demand. A crossroads for different peoples and cultures over the centuries, Zakynthos is noted and care given by nature. Tension remained unchanged areas of the island to protect and preserve marine life, the part known Caretta turtle. In Laganas Bay, the Greek government created the National Marine Park to protect the rare species of turtles. Wealth coach-coach: National Park lies in the southern island of Zante, over the Bay of Laganas
Dodecanese Islands (Kos, Rhodes and Crete)
Dodecanese Islands is named in their number (dodeca = 12) and were named as all have protested when the tribute imposed by Turkey. They last just a few steps from the coasts of Turkey and their history was always about luck – or misfortune – brought the nymph Rhodes, who was to give the name of the most popular islands of them. The history of this small group of islands has always been tumultuous, and they were permanently occupied by one of the great strengths of the time: the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Crusaders of St. John and to the Turks in 1912, then replace the Italians that they have owned and operated until 1947, when they again returned Greece.
Obviously left testimonies of this struggle: the Temple of Apollo and the Roman Theater in Kos, Holy Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos, Monastery of Saint John. On the largest island, Rhodes (officially declared the sunniest place in Europe), once a real city-state, yet Masters Gran Palace, Ippoton Odos Street Knights or the Acropolis, but the biggest loss is undoubtedly destruction of giant, one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Today, tourism has flourished simply demonstrating the hospitality of the islands the world has never disappeared.
Rhodes (Rhodos or Rodos in Greek), lies between Crete and the near East in the Aegean ocean. Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands. Named the sun island or island of light there are hardly any days when the sun doesn’t shine. With its subtropical climate and over 3.000 hours of sun per year you can be guaranteed a good tan on your holiday. Rhodes is one of the most popular holiday islands in Greece – even Greeks themselves come to Rhodes for a holiday from the mainland. The Medieval City of Rhodes is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The city has been famous since antiquity as this is the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.The medieval city of Rhodes is located on the northeastern tip of the island of Rhodes in Greece. It is on the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Today it has many interesting heritage sites such as the Grand Master’s Palace, Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Rhodes Windmills, and the Acropolis of Rhodes.
Crete is a mountainous island. The highest peak is Lefka Ori, standing at 2,452m (8,045ft) above sea level. Between the mountain ranges of Crete are verdant plateaus, gorges and caves. The island experiences a Mediterranean climate that is primarily temperate.
Crete has a special place both in Greek tourism, and in administrative division. Because of its size (it is the fifth largest in the Mediterranean), not part practically in any archipelago. On Crete you are at the right place for a cycling tour. Crete has an extensive road network and is very mountainous. The two most impressive mountain ranges are Ida and Lefka Ori. For cyclists magnificent climbs are possible on beautiful and not crowded roads, with impressive views. For the mountain biker there are plenty of switchbacks and technical descents.
Crete, with its wild beaches and rocks, is probably the most beautiful island of Greece and the fifth largest in Europe, she Aegean Sea separating Libya. Fine beaches, washed by turquoise waters, elongated, different from the rest of Greece (a chain of mountains which divide into several province), Minoan civilization and traces its long history are proof that make this island the Browse destinations in Greece. It is a tourist paradise equipped with first class hotels, holiday villages and bungalows located on or near the seashore.
Heraklion, or Ηράκλειον in Greek, is the capital of the island of Crete, and is also the fourth largest city of Greece. The city is also known as Iraklio.
Visit Athens by bike
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Athens is the capital of Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Athens, although a modern town, is considered the cradle of western civilization and democracy, is simultaneously charged with history.
The most important goal is historic Acropolis, the hill on which the Parthenon and other important goals are located, and which was passed in 1987 by UNESCO World Heritage List. Among the sights of great importance are:
– Herod Atticus Theater – built in 161;
– Theater of Dionysios – the first theater of stone, a true home to Sophocles, Aeschylus and Aristophanes;
– National Museum of Archeology – here is found the largest collection of Greek art
– Omonia Square (Concordiei market);
– National Library;
– Syntagma Square (Parliament there and even building);
– Olympic Stadium;
– Temple of Olympian Zeus;
– Gate of Adrian;
– Library of Adrian;
– National Gardens.
Acropolis, Athens – Greece
Acropolis, now called “Sacred Rock” of Athens, is perhaps the most important place of all the capital of Greece. In all, place of worship, residential area or Amado, high buildings here, true architectural wonders, exactly reflect the passage of time over Greece. Acropolis was first inhabited in the Neolithic period. The archaic period (650-480 CI) was established in Athens goddess worship this place, as shown numerous notes on buildings or decorative bazoreliefuri. During the high Classical period were the 3 major temples: Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Temple of Nike. Also Propylaea, monumental entrance to the sacred area, was built in the same period.
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