EXPLORE CRETE ON A BIKE
The routes on which cycling can be enjoyed in Greece are some of the best in the world. Especially in Crete, the deep canyons, big mountains, lovely plateaus, fertile valleys with olive, grapes and gardens, mountainous ancient villages and thousands of roads create a unique landscape ideal for road cycling and mountain biking.
Rethymno – Arkadi: 47km
Heading from Rethymno, the route takes in the tourist village of Platania before climbing south through wild and rocky landscapes and pretty villages with Venetian manors. Arkadi is an impressive, restored monastery and an icon of local resistance.
Rethymno – Plakias: 42km
This route is an adventure into the interior of the prefecture winding through the villages of Ano Varsamonero, Ano and Kato Malaki and Kali Sykia. The stunning Kotsfos Gorge is the next wonder before the cyclist arrives at the village of Myrthio, a lovely village perched on the edge of a cliff. From here, it is an easy spin down to Plakias, a low-key tourist centre with wonderful beaches.
Sisi – Lasithi Plateau: 73,4km
Lasithi plateau is a dreamy destination on the island of Crete where the white-sailed windmills still make a splendid sight against the mountains and break the green landscape. Located in a peaceful and fertile region, it is surrounded by the mountains of Dikti and several smaller plateaus.
Sisi – Elounda – Plaka: 76,3 km
Elounda was once a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay. Cycling through the town, you will reach the seaside resort of Plaka with the beautiful view of the famous Spinalonga Island.
Gazi – Skinakas climb: 45,5 km
At an elevation of 1,752 meters above the sea level, the road to Skinakas peak is the highest paved road you can ride on bike in Crete. The total uphill starting from Gazi in Heraklion is 1952 meters. The whole route with all the serpentine twists and turns in combination with the scenic landscape and the picturesque villages confirms that this is one of the best road routes on the island.