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Level of difficulty: 3 / 5
Duration*: 4 hours
Riding time: 2 hours
Distance: 15 km (9,32 miles)
Price per person: 70€**

An ideal tour for the explorers of Mykonos’ cultural and natural heritage.

We first cycle at the rural part of the island –some off-road also, through a short single track- in Ano Mera, before visiting a family church, which will give us the opportunity to interpret Mykonos’ local traditions, typical landscapes and religious customs.

The village of Ano Mera welcomes us next with its traditional whitewashed cubic houses and its central square, where all the folklore events take place. The monastery of Virgin Mary Tourliani will impress you with its richly adorned iconostasis and its small but very interesting museum, whereas at the welcoming shade of a tree on the square we can take a short rest. Then we will cycle down to Fokos beach for a pleasant encounter with the Aegean Sea’s crystal clear waters or even a short hike along the cove. On our way back to the vineyard, we get challenged by the hill of Fokos and then follow a different route to reach our ending point.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
A taste of the real Greece...

  • We start our cycling trips at our organic vineyard and farm “Mykonos Vioma” (check www.mykonosvioma.com).
  • Dimitra's dad has run the farm for 29 years, he took it on as a ruin and has created the only biodynamic vineyard on Mykonos
  • We are local guides, sharing our love for Mykonos and enthusiasm for cycling with our guests
  • We'll fit you out with mountain bikes & helmets and provide or fill your water bottles before heading off (preparations and tutorial usually takes ~30minutes)
  • During our ride, we first stop among the meadows and then at a small church for a ~20 minutes interpretative talk on our local traditions.
  • At the village of Ano Mera we rest, refresh with homemade lemonade & a snack and allow you free time to visit its monastery and museum.
  • At the beach we have enough time for swimming & underwater photo shooting (weather permitting) OR alternatively hiking.
  • When we return, you might be hungry and, if you have time, you can have lunch with our farm-to-table & local Greek tapas, as well as taste our wines (not included in the bike tour fee), and take in the beautiful view.
  • Finally, you may join a free tour of our vineyard (daily at fixed time) and of course play with or hand feed our farm animals.

VISIT TO THE MONASTERY:
There is no need to wear long sleeves and trousers to visit the Monastery and its museum. But please note that there is a 2€ per person entrance fee to the monastery that is not included in the bike tour fee.

NOTE:
Mykonos is hilly, so this tour has its share of -thankfully short- hilly parts. If you worry about the inclines, you may also consider the option of upgrading to an e-bike, i.e. a motor-assisted bicycle smoothening your pedalling and helping you conquer all terrain.

Route facts:
Total distance: 14.9 km (9.2 mi), Elevation gain: 184 m (604 ft), Max elevation: 100 m (328 ft)

* Total duration including preparation - bike tour - beach break - relaxation/stretching
** Homemade lemonade, bottles of water and a snack will also be offered. Additionally all photos or videos will be sent free of charge after the tour.

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