Kefalonia Cycling Holiday

Come and explore the beautiful and peaceful island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea by bicycle. Cycle along quiet country lanes to glorious beaches and quaint villages whilst enjoying amazing sea views. On this tour you will stay at three different locations during your 7 night holiday – two of them in charming villages in tranquil locations, and the third in the bustling capital.

Daily rides will unveil many of the islands most beautiful sights and beaches such as the tiny fishing village of Katelios on the south coast, and Skala with its impressive Roman Villa. You’ll cycle across the island to the gorgeous little fishing village of Agia Efemia, where you'll stay for 3 nights exloring the north of the island. Stop and enjoy the view of the exquisite Myrtos Beach far below – do you descend or not for a swim, we’ll leave that decision to you!

Visit some mysterious caves as well as the stunning Antisamos bay - which you may recognise from the movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Ride along the peninsula to Fiskardo, the island’s most beautiful village, where you'll find colourful houses clustered around a tiny harbour contained in an amphitheater of Cypress trees.

Your final night is spent in Argostoli, the island’s bustling capital – the perfect place to celebrate your achievement in one of the many inviting tavernas.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this cycling holiday as you’ll encounter some climbs on each of the daily rides.

Kefalonia Cycling Holiday

Come and explore the beautiful and peaceful island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea by bicycle. Cycle along quiet country lanes to glorious beaches and quaint villages whilst enjoying amazing sea views. On this tour you will stay at three different locations during your 7 night holiday – two of them in charming villages in tranquil locations, and the third in the bustling capital.

Daily rides will unveil many of the islands most beautiful sights and beaches such as the tiny fishing village of Katelios on the south coast, and Skala with its impressive Roman Villa. You’ll cycle across the island to the gorgeous little fishing village of Agia Efemia, where you'll stay for 3 nights exloring the north of the island. Stop and enjoy the view of the exquisite Myrtos Beach far below – do you descend or not for a swim, we’ll leave that decision to you!

Visit some mysterious caves as well as the stunning Antisamos bay - which you may recognise from the movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Ride along the peninsula to Fiskardo, the island’s most beautiful village, where you'll find colourful houses clustered around a tiny harbour contained in an amphitheater of Cypress trees.

Your final night is spent in Argostoli, the island’s bustling capital – the perfect place to celebrate your achievement in one of the many inviting tavernas.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this cycling holiday as you’ll encounter some climbs on each of the daily rides.

Itinerary

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this cycling holiday as you’ll encounter some climbs on each of the daily rides.

Day 1 : Arrive Avithos

You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your lovely hotel overlooking the south coast in Avithos. After the bike fitting, you are free to relax by the pool or go for an exploratory ride on your bikes the beach is just a short 10 minute ride away.

Day 2 : Argostoli round trip
27 miles/43 kms

Your first day’s ride leads you along rural lanes, through the tiny, traditional villages of Keramies and Metaxata to the island capital, Argostoli. Take a wander around this bustling little place, perhaps stopping for frappe at one of harbour cafes. If you get there early then you are very likely to spot the loggerhead turtles that live in the harbour. Afterwards you leave the town and ascend to a ridge to enjoy wonderful views across to the island of Zakynthos before descending to the Agiou Andrea Monastery in the valley. From here you return to your accommodation via a well-maintained dirt road.

Day 3 : Skala round trip
27 or 42 miles/42 to 66 kms

Today’s route leads you to the east coast of the island along a very scenic road that is undulating but without any major climbs (comfort category 42 km, superior category 58 km). On your way eastwards you’ll enjoy incredible views across the Ionian Sea to neighbouring Zakynthos. At the village of Pastra you start to descend towards the coast and you have a choice whether to take on the additional loop to Skala (8 km), where you can relax on a sandy beach and perhaps visit the Roman Villa, or head directly to fishing village of Katelios where you can visit the Sea Turtle Information Centre and also relax on the beach. You return to your accommodations via a different route that includes a stretch on a well-maintained dirt road.

Day 4 : Moussata/Avithos – Myrtos Beach – Agia Efimia
31 miles/49 kms

Today you bid Moussata or Avithos Beach farewell and follow a scenic route north along the Bay of Argostoli. At the northern coast of the island you reach the look-out point above Myrtos Beach. It’s up to you if you want to descend the road for some quality time on this stunning beach as the climb back up is pretty steep. From here you follow a quiet road across to the east coast of the island all the time enjoying fabulous views across the valley. Your home for the next 3 nights is the picturesque fishing village of Agia Efimia.

Day 5 : Sami round trip
22 miles/35 kms

Today is a nice, easy day. Cycle south along the coast to the neighbouring towns of Karavomilos and Sami. You may wish to visit the rather unique Melissani Lake and Caves, before ascending to the traditional villages of Poulata and Chaliotata in the hills behind the town. Returning to the coast you cycle along the quayside in Sami and then over a hill and down to the beautiful beach of Antisamos, where many of the scenes from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were shot. Afterwards you follow the coastline back to your hotel in Agia Efimia.

Day 6 : Fiskardo round trip
26 to 38 miles/41 to 61 kms

Today is a real treat as you cycle to the northernmost tip of the island to the beautiful village of Fiskardo. The route first takes you past the Assos peninsular, another beauty spot that is also worthy of a short detour to explore further. The coastal road north serves up a conveyor belt of visual treats topped off with a lovely descent through the cypress forest to Fiskardo. Colourful buildings line the quayside with yachts and brightly painted fishing boats jostling at their moorings in the tiny harbour. You return to Agia Efimia via a different but no-less scenic route which includes an exhilarating descent over the last kilometer. If you don’t fancy the extra climbs and kilometers to Fiskardo, the ride can be shortened by 20 km.

Day 7 : Agia Efimia – Argostoli
27 miles/43 kms

Your last day’s cycling on Kefalonia is the most demanding but the scenery again is first class and you’ve had 5 days of training so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem! Bid farewell to Agia Efimia and head along the coast to Karavomilos where the route turns inland. After a demanding climb you reach the ridge where you can catch your breath and take in the view before enjoying a descent into a valley thick with olive groves and vineyards. Robolla wine is produced here and you are welcome to stop at a local vineyard to learn more about this quality product. From here you have an enjoyable ride across undulating terrain to Argostoli, the island’s bustling capital where you will spend the last night of your holiday.

Day 8 : Argostoli - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior category:

Avithos or Moussata: Leivatho Hotel or Felix Residence

Agia Efimia: Greka Ionian Suites

Argostoli: Kefalonia Grand Hotel

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting there

Fly to Kefalonia airport. Transfers from and to the airport at either end of your holiday are included in the package.

Research flights from the UK here.

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