Poulithra - Kounoupia - Mari - Geraki - Kosmas - Moni Elonis
104 km / 2100m
The route begins with a calming segment, on the coastal road until the village of Poulithra. This is where the first climbing part begins. It is 4.8km long with a total elevation gain of 480m with is first part (500m) being quite steep. The climb offers some seriously stunning sea views intermingled with the ones of the mountain mass around.
At the end of the climb, and after cycling on a plateau, riders pass by the village of Peleta. Right next to the village’s main church there is a small cafe, owned by kind and nice people, where riders can refill their bottles or enjoy a short break.
The ride along the plateau continues for appox. 8 km more. The scenery now is completely changed and the air has become a bit thinner. Later on, a 4 km climb will get the riders 220m higher. The climbing part ends further higher from Kounoupia village without the rider necessarily getting in the village. From there, a joyful descent begins, with the landscape changing once more. Just before descending to the village of Geraki, the rider needs to gain 200m of additional elevation. We suggest to keep the excitement at relatively low levels, since the biggest climbing load of the route has yet to come.
In Geraki, we recommend a stop at the cafe located at the central square. From there, someone can have a great overview of the valley. Soon after the riders leave from Geraki, a 13.5 km long coupled with 900 m or evelavation, will demand a serious effort. One more time and while the altitude increases, the short bushes give their place to spruce trees and once the chilly mountain breeze becomes noticeable, it signals the end of the climb and the arrival at the village of Kosmas.
From there, it is mainly downhill. For the ones who feel that there is still power at their legs, this descent welcomes a faster than just the gravity’s pace, all the way to Leonidio.