Cycle part of the EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route

EuroVelo 8, also known as the Mediterranean Route, is a cycling path that stretches across 12 countries along the Mediterranean Sea. It covers over 7,500 km of cycle-friendly roads and bridges, making it one of the longest cycling paths in Europe. EuroVelo 8 (EV8) enters Greece in the Epirus region and goes through Etoloakarnania, before reaching Peloponnese. This route offers a unique cycling experience through picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views of the Greek countryside.

It takes you from the stunning Ionian Islands, over the rolling hills and lush valleys of Epirus, past ancient sites such as the Necromanteion oracle of Acheron, and onto the rugged coastline of Etoloakarnania. It passes through Vonitsa and follows the beautiful coast line that takes you from Palairos to Mytikas and Astakos. Further down you will reach the National Parks of Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons, Evinos river delta and Echinades islands.

The route is well-marked and safe for all levels of cyclists, with plenty of opportunities to stop at local tavernas for traditional Greek cuisine or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters along the way. Cycling enthusiasts will relish navigating through small villages and towns. With the locals’ warm hospitality, historic landmarks, jaw-dropping scenery and challenging routes for experienced riders, EV8 is an unforgettable adventure that showcases Greece’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

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