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Greece

Your Linesman

Marinos Chondrogiannoglou

Marinos is based in Athens. He discovered the joys of riding bikes quite late but since his late 20s he does whatever he can to catch up with what he missed in all those previous years. He loves touring on & off the road and has covered the most of Greece and enough parts of Europe.

He drinks stouts while listening to hard & heavy music and dreams of the day that he can travel the world.

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

You can ride all year round but of course in winter the trails up in the mountains will be closed by the snow and, although Greece is in the south, temperatures can drop below zero.
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to ride. The weather is mild and you can enjoy nature at its best.
The summer is quite hot with temperatures sometimes going over 40C but in higher altitudes you can still enjoy the riding.
Krystallopigi, Florina
Nimfea, Rhodope (to BG) or Kipi, Evros ( to TR)
100 (Police)
166 (Ambulance)
199 (Fire Service)
112
Wild Camping is prohibited by law in Greece. However if someone camps in a remote area and without leaving any traces behind there should be no problem. Avoid popular beaches in the summer and respect private properties if they have fences.
Trail riding is permitted in Greece except in the National parks (but even there if you just stay on the forest roads there should be no problem). Also we try to avoid using the marked hiking trails
Hellas Rally (Spring)

Serres Rally (Early Autumn)

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The route will take you from the majestic mountain range of the Pindos (it's called the Spine of Greece) to the more gentle but still beautiful mountains of the Peloponnes. You'll head up to Athens and from there you'll ride to Olympos, the Mountain of Gods and on to the northern part where again you can lose yourself in the forests of the Rhodope mountains. You'll ride through mountains, passes, forests and you'll find some amazing beaches where you can relax if it's summer. There is a huge variety of terrain from soft soil to very rocky places that will challenge your riding but you will be rewarded by reaching some amazing spots.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

You'll discover many remote villages especially up in the mountains. Don't miss the chance to sip a coffee in their scenic squares and ponder for a moment that you travelled back in time.
Taste the local cuisine and experience the differences between seaside where fish is the king and the mountains where meat reigns.
Drink ouzo and Tsipouro
Enjoy an iced coffee
Try and avoid big cities and enjoy the countryside