The week begins with a loop from remote Kalavarda on the island’s sparsely populated northwest coast. Cycling the coast road, your route hugs the seashore on its way to regal remains at the former city-state of Kamiros. Pause for a visit now or come back to the ruins this afternoon.
Mandriko’s authentic ‘kafenion’ makes an ideal spot for a coffee break and don’t forget to peek in at the charming church next door. Pedalling up and over a low hill, you roll down into the small fishing port at Skala Kamiros where ferries depart for the island of Chalki. From Skala you do a loop ride to the medieval fortress of Kritinia and snap a few photos from atop its immense walls. The panorama is far-reaching, with mind-blowing vistas of the Island of Chalki and its uninhabited neighbours. Catch a tailwind as you circle back to Kalavarda, with the sun warming your back and stop off at your choice of taverns on four different beaches.
Challange: 37 km / 23 mi, 440 m ascent, 440 m descent