Cycle Tours and Treks 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. Ecotourism is not just an idea for us, it's a way of life.
In addition to other outdoor activities, 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.
Although originally specialists in Pelion bike tours, Bike or Hike can now offer guided bike tours to other beautiful parts of Greece a short drive away, such as Mount Olympus, Meteora, and Lake Plastiras. See our bike tours page for details of our Greece bike tours beyond Pelion.
Follow us and live the experience. Cycle along authentic trails and feel the magic of the legends and the thrills of a place that has so far escaped mass tourism. Welcome to Pelion!
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.
Click below for further details of our latest bike tours and hike tours on Pelion.
Mount Pilio (Pelion) rises up from the city of Volos and stretches across the peninsula, with the Pagasitikos Gulf on one side and the Aegean Sea on the other, providing a wonderful combination of sea, beaches and mountain.
The Pelion 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. 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. More recently, it has been populated by a lively network of villages, with the locals living originally off the rich natural resources of this fertile area. The late development of tourism has been low-scale, with little impact on the beauty both of the natural and cultural environment.
Pelion remains a beautiful part of Greece all year round, and is suitable for all kinds of activities and ecotourism. Of special importance for our biking and hiking tours are the large number of trails crossing the Pilio peninsula. The paths were until the '60s the unique lines of communication for the villages. 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.
What people have said about Bike or Hike
"Panagiotis was a great guide during our wonderful tour! It was a unique experience, cycling along the coast, passing thru peaceful seaside villages, olive groves and ending up in a forest with a picturesque creek. The highlight was the amazing waterfalls and the natural pool, where we took a swim in freezy water from the mountains!!!!"
Evi & George, September 2020
"The Pelion peninsula is a well kept secret. Excellent biking for a variety of skill levels, on and off road, beautiful mountains, quaint villages, friendly people, and gorgeous beaches. Panos could not be more friendly or more helpful. He truly wants you to have a great experience and is not into pushing or upselling you. He recommended the 9 villages tour, and it was a truly fantastic experience. Cannot recommend more highly!"
Judith L., October 2019
For multi-day bike tours in Greece Bike Or Hike will arrange the best accommodation for your budget, in carefully selected properties and hotels.
Bike Rental, Pelion, Greece
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
- Cube & Rock Machine bikes for rent
- City-trekking ENERGY impact bikes for both women and men
- Folding bikes for easy transport
- Tandem bikes.
We also have an entire array of CUBE Reaction HP e-bikes for you to rent for your cycle holiday on Pelion. See more details of our e-bikes.
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.