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Self-guided Messinia Coastal Cycling Tour 8-days Level 2
If you are looking for a biking holiday that includes extraordinary beaches with incomparable blue waters, beautiful weather, summertime relaxation and all these combined with culture and beautiful landscapes, then you just found it! Your destination is Messinia, in the south-west part of Peloponnese one of the most beautiful parts of Greece! You will take an 8-day tour along the coast beginning from Kalamata, the famous seaside capital of Messinia. Riding among the beautiful settlements well known for their great medieval Castles like Methoni, Koroni and Pylos you will end up in Kalo Nero on the west coast. The route is easy enough and you don’t have to be extremely fit to make it. In addition, you will have plenty of opportunities to make a stop and admire the Greek nature, try the local food and drinks or immerse yourself in the experience of Greece culture and the Greek way of living in the blessed Messinian land!
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You arrive at the airport and by bus you arrive at Kalamata! Alternatively and upon request, we can arrange the transfer for you. Kalamata is a big city built just in the heart of Messinian Bay on the foot of Kalathi Mountain and offers everything you want, a big beach just in front of the coastal road, big market, unique nightlife, water front beach bars, traditional fish taverns and modern restaurants. You can relax on the long beach, visit the Frank Castle on top of the Mountain with a breathtaking view of the whole city or just wander around the historical centre. Available time will not seem enough to enjoy this beautiful city! Overnight in Kalamata.
Kalamata – Petalidi 40Km | +341m
In the morning, you get your bikes and equipment at the hotel. After making sure that everything is ready you can start cycling towards Petalidi, a small seaside village with a sympathetic central square and a golden sandy beach! On the first half of the way you will bike along the coast next to the endless Greek beaches. Make a stop anywhere you prefer, swim, sunbath or enjoy a cold drink at a beach bar! On the second half of today’s route you leave the coast and you cycle through vast olive groves and flowers crossing small rivers. Overnight in Petalidi.
Polylimnio 50Km | +611m
Today you will follow a circular route and passing by Polylimnio you return back to Petalidi. One of the highlights of this tour, Polylimio is a heaven on earth! It is a magical place hidden in the mountains where the small river forms small lakes with hazel water. The 25 metre waterfall and the green colours around make the scenery idyllic! Don’t forget to wear you swimsuit and relax in the big lake with the waterfall or dive from the rocks! Keep in mind though, that you are in a river and the water is relatively cold. In the end, you can enjoy the Greek food in the taverns in Charavgi village located nearby. The route has some ups and downs but the result will definitely compensate you. For those who wish to relax a little longer, there is always the option to relax by the deep blue sea and spend your day in a magnificent beach around Petalidi. Overnight in Petalidi.
Petaldi – Koroni – Finikounda 40Km | +523m
You leave Petalidi and following the coastal road you arrive in Koroni. Koroni is one of the most beautiful settlements in Greece and has plenty of cafes, bars and taverns in front of the small dock where you can make a stop and taste the local specialties. The town was very important from the 13th up to the 17th century. The medieval castle dominates the area. Big battles took place here as the location was ideal for the Francs and the Venetians for commercial and military reasons. Later, in 1500 AC, the Ottomans took over the city but the Venetians were still fighting for it. It was set free finally in 1828 by the French and today is a quiet and peaceful town of 1300 habitants. Continuing your ride, you follow the brilliant route through the mountains. You will have to pedal hard uphill but then the downhill easy part will relax your muscles. You arrive in Finikounda, well known for the fantastic sandy beach! Enjoy your time there and swim in the blue sea. Walk in the lovely promenade of the village with the touristic stores and try the world known Greek cuisine in the taverns. Overnight in Finikounda.
Finikounda – Methoni – Pylos 33Km | +625m
Today, you leave Finikounda and taking the mainland road you arrive in Methoni. The medieval castle of Methoni is brilliant and you should definitely visit it. It was constructed in 1209 AC by the Venetians and is well preserved even today. One of the most important castles of Greece it survived a lot of battles, exactly like Koroni’s castle. Just outside the castle and on the beach you will find one of the most beautiful taverns of Peloponnese. Take your lunch in front of the waves and try the local wine, it is definitely worth it. You continue biking towards Pylos. Take the coastal road or the one through the mountains, it’s up to you. Pylos is the third most important historical town of the area together with Koroni and Methoni. It also has a big medieval castle that you should visit. Walk around the town and have a coffee in the main square. Gaze the Navarino Bay where the huge and very important sea battle took place in 1827. The Russians, French and English destroyed the Ottoman and Egyptian ships to set Greece free! There was never before so big destruction of a fleet in history as the French admiral De Rigny quoted after the battle! Overnight in Pylos.
Pylos – Filiatra 34km | +355m
Leaving Pylos, you cycle on a flat coastal road up to Lagouvardos, a small area just outside Filiatra town. Filiatra is a small city where you can find anything you need and enjoy your coffee in the big main square. On the way, you can pass by Voidokilia beach one of the most pictured beaches of Greece as the beauty in unique. Just lie on the sand or dive in the transparent sky blue waters! If this will not be enough for you, Lagkouvardos beach is also tremendous. The lace sandy beach and the beach bar attract many visitors, locals and tourists. Overnight in Filiatra or Lagouvardos.
Filiatra –Kyparissia - Kalo Nero 40Km | + 372m
The last day of cycling is easy enough again following the flat coastal road. You will cycle up to Kalo Nero, a small seaside settlement with a guess what? A lovely sandy beach!! Again, take your time, relax and take advantage of this last day of your trip! The beaches around Kalo Nero are the second most significant in Mediterranean Sea regarding the spawning of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta. Therefore you will see numerous sheltered turtle nests around! On the way you will pass by Kyparissia, a small yet beautiful town of approximately 6000 inhabitants. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful beach and have fun under the Greek sunshine. Overnight in Kalo Nero.
After breakfast, you get ready for your way back to the airport! Of course, upon request we can arrange to transfer you there. If you wish to stay a little bit longer in Greece you can add in this trip a couple of days in Athens, visiting the Acropolis and the Parthenon monument. In addition, you can check the rest of our programs which you can combine such as Archaeology tour of Greece, MultiActivity Holidays or spend more days by a seaside destination!
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