This week we’re pedalling the Peloponnese region of Greece, fuelled by wine and history!
Distance: 222km over 6 cycling days.
Grading: Moderate. There are a couple of challenging days on this route with elevation of up to 650m, but that balances out with some relaxing days, and there are plenty of fascinating spots to pause for breath!
The Peloponnese is a large peninsula south west of Athens in Greece. Home to many vineyards, and many ancient sites including Ancient Nemea and the Ancient Minoan Palace of Mycenae. Easy to access from Athens.
Well, wine and history! In 2015 I took on this route and was simply stunned by the Anicent sites dotted along the way.
Ancient myths and legends are brought to life as you stumble across truly spectacular ruins and marvel at the feats of engineering, and ponder the people and events of 1000s of years ago.
And of course, the vineyards. Stopping at our first vineyard we were welcomed by the owner, offered a tour and some information, then the sampling began. A 30 minute stop turned into a 3 hour break as we sampled the produce, were offered home cooking, and became lost in conversation.
A two night stay at the hilltop Semeli vineyard is a truly peaceful experience, with nothing but spectacular mountain views around, and outstanding wine to sample.
You’ll experience a side to Greece that most tourists sadly miss, meeting the exceptionally friendly people of the region. As we watched the bus tours arrive and depart some of the larger and more popular ancient sites, we couldn’t help but feel a pang of pity for those not experiencing the land the way we were, as they followed their rigid timetable and missed the delightful towns and villages in-between. Independent cycling is the way to do it for sure.
Our itinerary offers comrehensive route notes and all the information you need to navigate around, including accommodation in a variety of locations from seaside towns to remote vineyards, wine tours and sampling sessions, and you can choose to hire standard hybrid or electric bikes (if you’re worried about those hills!).