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Cycling in Greece
Greece In A Nutshell
Despite the likelihood of a soggy pastry overdose, Greece is a great place to cycle whether you stick close to the coast or head inland. The wind might be a problem though.
When I Went To Greece
12th - 29th June 2012. It was boiling.
Where I Went
Before you go, try to learn the Greek alphabet, both lower and uppercase, or at least carry a cheat sheet. Although most signs have town names in both Greek and Latin script, some of the older, smaller ones don't. If your map is in English and the signs are in Greek you may miss a turning.
Greece is a lumpy bugger. It is 80% mountains, which means that if you can take it you're going to be rewarded with great views. Add into the mix a beautiful coastline and you can't really go wrong.
Greece's Road Quality
Roads are generally good and, when away from the coast, generally quiet.
Greek cars seem to be voice-operated. Drivers provide instruction via their phones. I can't think of any other explanation.
Greece's Accommodation & Costs
Campsites in Greece appear to be limited to the coast. Of the seven I used, the average cost was €8 (ranging from €5 to €10). Hotels averaged €34 (ranging from €20 to €42).
Almost everyone connected to the tourist industry speaks English, and those that don't speak German. Away from the coast you may have to do more miming.
Reasons To Go To Greece
Great views, friendly, laid-back people, because one day you may find a decent pastry.
Your Opinions & Questions
Have you cycled in Greece? Tell me what you think and I'll include your comments here. Also, if you have a blog, web site or Facebook page that includes an account of your trip, send me the URL and I'll include a link below. Include your name if you want your comment to be attributed to you. Or do you have a question about Greece? Ask me and if I can answer it I'll add the information to the page.
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