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.
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.
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.
Do you want to go mountain biking or trekking on Pelion and discover the hidden charm of this mountain of the gods? Contact us.
Mount Pilio 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, providing a wonderful combination of sea, beaches and mountain.
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. 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 beautiful 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
"MTB PELION with the girls!! You just want to come back!!! The best way to visit PELION.
"What a fantastic organisation, beautiful landscapes, friendly and helpful guides, wonderful hotels and great food!! In one word: Superb!!!"
Marjan V. October 2017
"I and my husband selected a tour along the coast. It was absolutely fantastic. We could not have experienced the real beauty of the area by any other means. We are not particularly fit but Panos was friendly, patient and flexible so we managed the ride without difficulty. It was the highlight of our holiday and I highly recommend it."
Fotini. September 2017
Bike or Hike Tours for Women
Bike Or Hike has considerable experience organising highly successful MTB and hiking tours for women's groups, tailoring the tours to the preferences and ability levels of the members of the group. Here's is a review of one of those trips:
"Bike or Hike arranged for us, a group of 9 female friends, a fantastic 4 day MTB roundtrip in Pilion. At all levels, the trip was perfect and unforgettable. Bike or Hike did a great job - the team work was top!! Truly recommended!!" - Anne L.
If you are thinking of coming to Pelion with an all-female group and want to see the region at its best, click below to get in touch.
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.
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.