Leonidio

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A cycling destination that has everything

The scenery and the views the greater region of Leonidio offers, got us by surprise. We couldn’t believe that those beautiful roads could be so breathtaking and welcoming. Mountain passes, plateaus and some of the most beautiful coastal roads we have ever cycled in our lives. A constantly changing scenery is quite typical while cycling on the Peloponnese and Leonio region is not an exception to this wonderful rule. But in this case, the views we experienced and the thrill we felt, had no comparison with any of our trips before. We let our pictures to show you how great our riding was.

Our cycling days in Leonidio

During our cycling trips in the Peloponnese, we had the chance to visit the greater region of Leonidio quite frequently. Our visits however, were brief, mainly a part of the multistages cycling trip (C2C in the Peloponnese), which only allowed us limited time to explore in detail this part of the Peloponnese.

Therefore, we took the initiative to allocate one month to try to find everything about this hidden cycling treasure. We stayed in Leonidio for almost a month (mid Nov – mid Dec 2019), something that made us discover every layer of cycling and culture in the area around it.

We have seen and experienced many remarkable things. We are excited to share all of them with you.

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A kind and sweet nun always welcomes visitor to her monastery in Leonidio

Off the saddle: what to do in Leonidio when cycling is over

Apart from the great cycling, Leonidio offers a few great experiences you can enjoy during your off-the-saddle time or on your rest days. Explore the nearby monasteries, the farmland, the women’s association and witness how the olive oil is produced or hear stories about people who lived here 300 years ago. Cycling is over, but exploring never stops!

Fish dish served in Leonidio Restaurants for cyclists

Where cyclists eat in Leonidio?

We have visited all the restaurants in the area of Leonidio and we share what we found out to be the best options. There is no advertisement or benefit of any kind, other than cyclists enjoying their meals. From fresh fish and local recipes to great pizza and pasta options to load you with carbs. Let us know your input.
Cycling in Leonidio (Peloponnese, Greece)

Why choosing to cycle in Leonidio?

Leonidio is a great destination for cycling which combines all a cyclist wants. It is a place with authentic character, awesome cycling landscapes with exceptional road conditions and mild temperatures. Lastly, the food options we tried were exceeded our expectations.

Breakfast meal with cycling gear, just before the ride begins

Cycling friendly accommodation options in Leonidio

In Leonidio there are a lot of options you can choose from for your accommodation arrangements. All of them ensure an excellent level of service with great hospitality to cyclists. We have visited many of the lodgings in the greater area of Leonidio to inspect and check to what extent the cycling culture is welcomed (e.g. a safe place to store the bikes).
Cyclists drinking water while cycling uphill in Leonidio

Cyclists profile for Leonidio

Leonidio is not flat.Cycling out of the valley, where the town of Leonidio is located, would require from the cyclists to put at least of a 30 – 40 mins effort to climb a 500m uphill road. The usage of an ebike is a great option, that will allow you to enjoy exploring the region while being within your comfort zone.