Theatre of Epidaurus from Porto Cheli
1 days / 1 ride / Intermediate
An idyllic fish town & a great cycling terrain
Ermioni, Argolis Maps
To answer this question we need to examine this wonderful topic from various angles. Erimoni is an absolutely scenic little town, located at the north east side of the Peloponnese, at a peninsula called Argolis. We are quite positive that the first part of the peninsula's name, Argo, rings a bell of a famous story, where the a small army under the command of King Agamemnon sailed to Troy to get Helen back. Yeah, you know that... Achilles also joined the gang - there is also a Hollywood movie about that :-).
Ermioni is located by the beach side and offers a lot of options to explore either by bike or just hiking around. For instance, it will require just an hour of casual cycling to get you to the idyllic port of Costa, where you can take the ferry to Spetses island, with that not being the only island option you can exploit. From Ermioni port, which mean walking distance from anywhere you are staying in the that little town, you can catch the small catamaran type ferry and visit Poros and Hydra islands. An ideal plan would be to start in the morning and get back to Ermioni with the last ferry. That makes makes the time off-the-saddle interesting, full of images and nice excursions. But what happens with the cycling itself?
Apart from the convenience Ermioni offers, there is abundance in cycling routes here, ideal for all level of cyclists. As mentioned above, recreational riders can enjoy 1 - 2 hours of cycling on relatively flat terrain and use the bikes to explore the nearby beaches or other, smaller towns.
Avid cyclists and triathletes will also enjoy the landscape and the terrain around the town. There is a plethora of options from short, powerful rides of 50-70km to long ones full of elevation. In every case, the scenery is spectacular with the cyclists to make no compromises.
With the exception of local festivities taking place, something that makes people visiting Ermioni from the villages close by, cyclists should expect zero traffic conditions. Cycling along the main roads that connect Ermioni with Porto Heli, impose no dangers or experience fallouts. Drivers are generally calm and allow a lot of space when overtaking cyclists. If someone trout their horns at you, do not bother; it is a friendly gesture indicating: Allez, Allez! :-)
Combing morning rides with an excellent degree of comfort and tranquility for all the family, cannot get more convenient than this. The town is safe, ideal for the kids to walk through the its picturesque alleys and, why not, connect with other kids, which play around - dozens of parents choose this destination because of this.
Staying in close to the centre of Ermioni, and based on our experience, prompts everybody to sneak out and do their "own thing". Whether that is reading a book, cycling, hiking to the other side of the port, or just visiting the town, all remain in close proximity ready to rejoin for dinner.
Undoubtedly, one of the best assets of Ermioni is the food; the restaurant businesses here rely on locals, driving the quality far away from mass tourism standards. Do not miss to taste the fresh fish, the local recipes and allow yourselves to accept a generous amount of hospitality from the restaurant owners. The love what they do.
3 days / 3 rides / Advanced
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