Three cycling tours that make Kefalonia the perfect cycling destination

The various nature, offroad paths, changing climates and unique culture of Kefalonia make the island the ultimate cycling destination.

The Argostoli Highlight Tour is the ideal way to connect with the island. This beautiful, guided journey along the seaside and centre of Argostoli is truly the best way to explore the typical corners of the capital by bike. Cycling through the vibrant Lithostroto, crossing the historic De Bosset bridge, drinking a coffee at the cosy Platia Vallianou and visiting the Saint Theodore Lighthouse are just a few landmarks that will reveal some unforgettable stories.

Another option to take on is the peninsula of Paliki. The western side of the island is raw in all ways: from its vegetation, villages, tavernas, they remain unspoiled and wild. A spectacular road with fabulous views first leads around the bay. After a nice descent and passing a natural bid reserve, a serious climb starts that will lead to another breath-taking view: Petani Beach. Riding through olive yards and passing the Monastery of Kipoureon a 15 kilometer downhill will finish the ride to the second largest city, Lixouri. The ferry back to Argostoli is perfect for a small “cruise” while enjoying a refreshing ice cream.

Or go road biking to the highest peak of all Ionian islands, Mount Ainos. Snake roads starting at sea-level leading through a magnificent valley surrounded by hundred year old vineyards. The landscape slowly changes from tropical, to forest to a snowy barren plain. Since the start of the ascent the summit is visible. That makes this hors-category climb as tempting as it is unpredictable. The final 3 kilometres are of 10 percent gradient. Characterizing it as challenging would be an understatement.