Tour 2 - Kassandra - MTB

This ride leads into the still mostly uninhabited southwest of the Kassandra Peninsula and its hidden beauties. You'll be taking on much rougher gravel and a few steep ascents. A solidly built road leads from the information kiosk at the entrance to PEFKOHORI through the old village up into the surrounding hills, arriving at the mountain village of AGIA PARASKEVI after an ascent of about 5km. The village lies high above the sea, commanding a wonderful view of a considerable part of southwest Kassandra. Leaving the asphalt, the route follows gravel tracks into the south of the peninsula. The route goes through pine forests and past cornfields to reach a ridge road a short way beyond, leading through wild gorges dotted with grotesque looking outcrops. This is yet another seldom visited area.

The following trail along the cliffs of the Thermaic Gulf is another highpoint of this tour. Isolated coves invite you to swim and relax, before reaching AGIA PARASKEVI via a lengthy ascent on asphalt. From there follow the hill road back northwards ascent. The tour ends with a pleasant descent down to HANIOTI.

Isolated coves invite you to swim and relax, before reaching AGIA PARASKEVI via a lengthy ascent on asphalt. From there follow the hill road back northwards ascent. The tour ends with a pleasant descent down to HANIOTI.

Tips: Take sufficient water with you. Always wear a helmet and cycling glasses when riding. Take your swimming things with you. There are supermarkets and tavernas in HANIOTI AND PEFKOHORI. During and after rainfall, soft clay makes tracks impassable. Wait a few days until the clay is dry.

Start point: The info kiosk at the entrance to PEFKOHORI, a village on the east coast of the southern Kassandra Peninsula.

Getting there: From KALLITHEA, head past HANIOTI and on to PEFKOHORI. The info kiosk is on the right at the entrance to the village. Adequate parking space is available.

0.0 km Start at the Pefkohori info kiosk and head straight on towards the centre of the village.

1.0 km At the roundabout turn RIGHT, following the signposts for Agia Paraskevi and the Atrium Hotel through the narrow alleys. Once out of the village, the road leads past the Atrium Hotel and on uphill through pine forests.

5.3 km At the end of the climb stay, on the asphalt road heading downhill to Agia Paraskevi. At the roundabout by the village entrance, turn LEFT on the village road leading uphill out onto the B-road.

6.3 km Turn LEFT onto the coast road and follow the sign to Nea Moudania. You will then go past the traditional style Akritas apartment complex.

8.4 km Care! Important turn! About a kilometre after the apartment complex, turn RIGHT onto a gravel road, following the sign marked “ÊÁÌÐÏÓ ÊÁËÁÌÁÊÉ” along a rutted trail past a large goat pen and into the hinterland of the south Kassandra Peninsula. After several climbs and descents you will get to a ridge road along which the route continues.

11.6 km Stunning views of the overgrown gorges in the south of the Kassandra Peninsula. Further along the ridge, STAY ON THE MAIN TRACK. Then head downhill on gravel past an isolated house towards the sea below. Ignore any dirt roads coming from the left, following the track STRAIGHT AHEAD in a northwesterly direction PARALLEL to the sea.

15.5 km After a lengthy climb, go LEFT along the route back in the direction of the cliffs. Directly above the cliffs there are wonderful views out to sea.

18.2 km At the crossroads go HALF LEFT DOWNHILL and follow the track right down into the valley.

19.4 km At the next intersection turn SHARP LEFT and follow the brook in the gorge heading towards the sea. Go up and down alongside the rocky riverbed, never turning off towards the mountains, until you reach the coast road. To the left there are fine views towards the hot springs at Loutra.

22.6 km Follow the coast road UPHILL to the RIGHT towards Agia Paraskevi. Go past the first houses, remaining on the B-road until you see a large blue sign on your right, with an arrow pointing to the left marked Agia Paraskevi.

26.8 km 100m after the sign turn LEFT and head downhill into the village. At the roundabout take a HALF RIGHT and follow the wide asphalt road uphill out of the village.

27.7 km Shortly before you reach the summit there is a dirt road bearing LEFT. At the turning there is a large sign marked Department of Forestry. Leave the asphalt road, admiring the wonderful views as you follow this sandy mountain track.

33.4 km At the crossroads with a tarmac road, follow the tarmac DOWNHILL to the RIGHT.

37.9 km You will reach the coast road at the entrance to HANIOTI. Heading left, follow the coast road via Polihrono on to Hanioti and then to the right, back to the tour start point at the Pefkohori info kiosk.

At a number of crucial points en route, the right direction is clearly indicated by specially posted bicycle signs.