Rural dirt roads and trails serve farmers during the olive harvest season, farmers and local people in their daily commute. It is a dense network running through all ofPelion. Using these routes we move not only from point to point but also through history and natural beauty.
The Karavia Lux Inn, leveraging this network, offers guests the opportunity to experience the area through four unique routes, tailored to different levels, enabling the visitor to see the overview from the inside, to leave the main roads and the traffic. We are left to the quiet of nature and we get to know the place by bike.
1. Route 1 / Family (click photo to enlarge)
In a family there are large differences in characters, preferences and physical condition, but there is a route that caters for all. This route has one aim, for everyone to have fun without getting tired. Throughout its length it passes through olive groves and near the sea. The absence of uphills and careful selection of associated places make it possible for all, it is ideal for families or for a first brief acquaintance with Pelion. Apart from the cycling experience, this route can also be combined with horse riding. Reaching the Riding Club of Milies we just leave the bikes there and then get familiar with an activity totally connected with the tradition of Pelion.
- Distance: 12.6 km
- Elevation: 62 m.
The first of the four selected routes has the start and end points on the Paradise beach in the village of Koropi. This is because there we find an entire area full of beautiful trails and dirt roads, but there are no hills, at least not for someone who will not seek them. The remaining three start and end at the entrance of Karavia Lux Inn exempting cyclists from carriage and car travel.
2. Route 2 / The fishing villages of Pelion (click photo to enlarge)
The first two kilometers are downhill and lead us to the harbour of Afissos village. It is where Jason and the Argonauts made their first stop, replenished supplies and then went to Troy. From there we head south. Just outside the village we get to the first hard climb, with a minimum distance but very steep slope and will bring us to the point where we pass small bays and quiet beaches arriving at the next village, Lefokastro. The pretty taverns by the sea for a quick coffee is a good reason to stop before the ascent of 9 km. The first 4 km after the beach is more difficult but at the point where we meet the provincial Volos-Argalasti road the route becomes smoother with alternations. The last part of the route is downhill and reveals a breathtaking view of the Pagasitikos bay. The route is 100% tarmac and is of medium difficulty.
- Distance: 19.3km
- Elevation: 538m
3. Route 3 / Panagiotikos Dam (click photo to enlarge)
A route that most of the uphill is in the beginning. So in the first 9 km we gain elevation and then follow descending dirt roads to the beach. We pass the Zervochia and other small settlements. We pass through olive groves and next to the man-made Panagiotikos dam which supplies fresh water to South Pelion and is gradually creating a small wetland that hosts birds during their migration and many other animal species. The downhill after the dam needs special care because of the steep slope and erosion from rain but during the descent we feel we are getting deeper and deeper into the secrets of nature. Arriving at the lowest point of the valley we begin another short climb of 1,4 km.. Descending from there for 7.5 km will immediately relax the legs and the return will be much lighter.
- Distance: 31.2 km
- Elevation: 835 m
4. Route 4 / Adventure (click photo to enlarge)
The overview is divided into three zones according to altitude. From sea level and riding to 400m we encounter exclusively olives and small allotments of citrus and vegetables. Shortly below the 400m we see olive trees mixed with oaks, arbutus and other shrubs of the middle zone. From 600m elevation and above the region is mountainous with a diverse vegetation. Tall trees are found in every square and where there is water. Beech and other deciduous aspen trees create on the highest peaks of the mountain a surreal scene with nature remaining unaffected by human intervention. Even the places in Pelion with some human intervention are in harmony with nature. So our passage through Neochori, Milies and other villages will be a unique experience.
Karavia Lux Inn provides a friendly and comfortable environment for guests helping them to explore the area by bicycle. It belongs to the Bike Friendly Hotels network. It collaborates with Montis Ordo, the well-established local company organizing outdoor sporting activities. In addition to suggestions for routes, Montis Ordo provides bike and equipment rental, guided tours and customized programs to potential visitors. The electronic and printed map provided by the Karavia Lux Inn will help you discover Pelion and see another perspective, that of the traveler.