Biking to Ancient Greek Sites

Greece is littered with archaeology ruins -- many legendary, others unheralded, all inspiring due to the heroics and drama of the ancient world. The beauty is that you can reach most all of these sites by bicycle, a fitting form of locomotion as it relies on your own divine energy.
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TEMPLE OF NIKE Samothraki

TEMPLE OF NIKE Samothraki

MINOAN PALACE CITY OF KNOSSOS

city of Knossos, Minoan Palace

SPARTA   in Greek SPARTI

SPARTA in Greek SPARTI

SPARTA   Each year Greek cyclists (and a few foreigners) bike from Athens to Sparta in one day to replicate Phidippedis' route when he ran from Marathon to enlist the Spartans help in battle against the Persians.  The Spartakiada is not a race. The honor is in finishing.

SPARTA Each year Greek cyclists (and a few foreigners) bike from Athens to Sparta in one day to replicate Phidippedis' route when he ran from Marathon to enlist the Spartans help in battle against the Persians. The Spartakiada is not a race. The honor is in finishing.

ANCIENT OLYMPIA A terrific rural road with little vehicle traffic connects Stemnitsa to Olympia, 85 kilometers (53 miles), descending from 3564 feet in Arkadia Mountains down to 195 feet in Olympia.

ANCIENT OLYMPIA A terrific rural road with little vehicle traffic connects Stemnitsa to Olympia, 85 kilometers miles), descending from 3564 feet in Arkadia Mountains down to 195 feet in Olympia.

MYSTRAS   Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mystras was once a prosperous town near Sparta and the last center of Byzantine scholarship. The 5.5 kilometer road connecting Mystras with Sparti is where racers sprint on Sunday morning after the annual Spartakiada (a 250 km ride in one day from Athens to Sparti).

MYSTRAS Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mystras was once a prosperous town near Sparta and the last center of Byzantine scholarship. The 5.5 kilometer road connecting Mystras with Sparti is where racers sprint on Sunday morning after the annual Spartakiada (a 250 km ride in one day from Athens to Sparti).

ANCIENT MYCENAE   The route from Nafplio to Ancient Mycenae is a serene rural road with orange and lemon trees, a few small towns and basically flat until you approach Mycenae and then it's a mild 3 kilometer climb.

ANCIENT MYCENAE The route from Nafplio to Ancient Mycenae is a serene rural road with orange and lemon trees, a few small towns and basically flat until you approach Mycenae and then it's a mild 3 kilometer climb.

MESSENIA

MESSENIA

MESSENIA   Messenia is in central Peloponnese and was conquered by the Spartans.  Many Messenians fled to Sicily and other parts of Magna Graecia.  There are many mountains roads in the vicinity of Messenia, most of them thankfully sparse of four wheeled traffic.

MESSENIA Messenia is in central Peloponnese and was conquered by the Spartans. Many Messenians fled to Sicily and other parts of Magna Graecia. There are many mountains roads in the vicinity of Messenia, most of them thankfully sparse of four wheeled traffic.

ANCIENT OLYMPIA

ANCIENT OLYMPIA

MYSTRAS

MYSTRAS

KNOSSOS  The Minoan Empire in Crete was the first civilization on European soil.  The archaeology site lies on a very busy north-south highway but only 1.2 kilometers away is a rural road going to the charming town of Arhanes.

KNOSSOS The Minoan Empire in Crete was the first civilization on European soil. The archaeology site lies on a very busy north-south highway but only kilometers away is a rural road going to the charming town of Arhanes.

ORACLE OF DEATH

ORACLE OF DEATH

ORACLE OF DEATH  Near Prevaza is the Necromanteion where the faithful came to talk to their dead ancestors walking through a series of underground tunnels.  The site is an easy detour of the main highway from Preveza to Arta.

ORACLE OF DEATH Near Prevaza is the Necromanteion where the faithful came to talk to their dead ancestors walking through a series of underground tunnels. The site is an easy detour of the main highway from Preveza to Arta.

METEORA

METEORA

METEORA   The amazing Byzantine monasteries atop pinnacle rock spires are surrounded by dirt roads with idyllic fat tire biking conditions.  Carry your own gear,,camp out,in abandoned churches, drink cold mountain spring water, breathe pure air.

METEORA The amazing Byzantine monasteries atop pinnacle rock spires are surrounded by dirt roads with idyllic fat tire biking conditions. Carry your own gear,,camp out,in abandoned churches, drink cold mountain spring water, breathe pure air.

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