Ecotourism Outdoor Activities on Pelion, Greece
Bike Or Hike is a family business dedicated to sharing a passion for outdoor activities (including cycling, MTB mountain biking, trekking and hiking) on Pelion with visitors from around the world who have a similar sensitivity for the lovely part of Greece in which we live and work.
With our base in the picturesque village of Portaria on Pelion (known in Greek as "Pilio") we specialize in organising mountain bike tours and in renting mountain bikes together with the necessary equipment. We have a love of the outdoors and an intimate knowledge of the area, and our primary objective is to enable like-minded visitors discover the delights of this wonderful part of Greece.
Bike Or Hike can organise mountain bike and trekking tours with an experienced local guide for both independent groups of visitors (groups of four or more) and for hotels and campsites. Full equipment can be provided for mountain biking, trekking (and, shortly, kayaking/canoeing). We can also organise a wider range of outdoor activities and events for groups visiting Pelion or Volos, so if you have a group coming to Pelion and want to do something outdoors to get off the beaten path, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Ecotourism is not just an idea for us, it's a way of life.
Do you want to go mountain biking or trekking on Pelion and discover the hidden charm of this mountain of the gods? Contact us.
Bike Or Hike offers:
- Mountain bike hire
- City bike hire
- Equipment hire
- Organising cycle tours* on Pilio
- Trips* with mountain bikes (mtb) which last from a few hours to a few days
- An experienced guide who speaks Greek, English and German
- Hiking the trails and beaches of Pelion
- Arranging accommodation either indoors or outdoors
- Cooperation with "green" guest rooms and hotels for accommodation with special rates and unique circumstances
- Exploring the outstanding beauty of Pelion
- CHS team-building programmes**
- Ecotourism in practice.
*See our plans for guided MTB cycle trips on Pilio for this season.
**CHS team building programs offered in cooperation with www.dreamstories.events.
Biking / Cycling
From Bike Or Hike you can rent a range of bikes and all the necessary equipment. The bikes available include:
- Mountain bikes: KTM ultra 27.5" and 29" in various sizes for all heights
- City-trekking ENERGY impact bikes for both women and men
- Folding bikes for easy transport
- Tandem bikes.
Prices begin from 11 euros per day, and there are attractive offers for longer bike rentals.
With each bike hired we provide: helmet, gloves, backpack, and, if desired for urban travel, front and rear lights plus lock. SPD pedals can also be provided if hirers have their own SPD shoes.
It is also possible to rent mountain equipment such as backpacks and trekking poles for your guided of Pelion.
Pilio (Πήλιο - Pelion)
Mount Pilio in Magnesia rises up from the city of Volos and stretches across the Pilio peninsula with the Pagasitikos Gulf on one side and the Aegean Sea on the other. The highest point of Pilio (Pourianos Stavros) is 1,624 meters. In Greek mythology the mountain was the summer residence of the gods and home of the Centaurs.
The Pilio range runs approximately 44 km from northwest to southeast and has a width of about 10 km in the south and 25 km further to the north. Approximate boundaries in the south are the south Platanorema near Neohori and in the north at Kaporema near the monastery Flamouriou. The highest peak is located on the north side of the mountain (out of bounds as it is a military installation). Other peaks are Kotroni 1550 meters, Pliasidi 1547 meters, AIDONAKIA 1537 meters, Agrioleukes 1471 meters, Dramalis 1455 meters, Schitzourafli 1450 meters, Calvary 1415 meters, and Lagonika 1300 meters.
Pelion gathers a very large number of visitors from all over the world in both the winter and summer months. The winter is preferred by those who wish to enjoy the beautiful mountain views and fresh air, snow, skiing, and spending time in nature, while the summer vacationers enjoying the beautiful beaches of Pelion for swimming, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, etc. Pelion remains beautiful all year round and is suitable for all kinds of activities and ecotourism while providing the necessary infrastructure to accommodate a large volume of tourists.
Pelion has a large number of trails which are ideal for hiking, trekking on horseback and cycling. The paths, along with the railroad Volos - Miles, were until the '60s the unique lines of communication between the villages and the city of Volos. Despite the passage of time, many of the old trails are still in very good condition thanks to the care of the local communities, allowing visitors the chance to explore the mountain up close and safely.
The Pilio peninsula has a particularly interesting coastline that can also be explored by kayak. Sea kayak hire and tours of the Pelion coast are available at Damouhari on the north (Aegean) side of Pilio.
Panagiotis Haralampous and his partners in Bike Or Hike are certified mountain bike leaders, certified by MIAS in the UK.
Do not hesitate to ask anything about organized bike tours, hiking and ecotourism in Pelion .
You can contact us via email or using the form below.
Telephone: +30 6982099620
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