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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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.

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

ANCIENT OLYMPIA

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 (53 miles), descending from 3564 feet in Arkadia Mountains down to 195 feet in Olympia.

MYSTRAS

MYSTRAS

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).

MINOAN PALACE CITY OF KNOSSOS

MINOAN PALACE CITY OF KNOSSOS

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 1.2 kilometers away is a rural road going to the charming town of Arhanes.

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