Cycling route: Vavdos to Galarinos-N.Raidestos-Thermi- Kalamaria
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
The departure point is from our depot at Papakiritsi Street in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki (see map below).
RETURN: 17.00 approximately (NB: RIDE BACK TO KALAMARIA BY BIKE)
The safari to the Anthemounta Valley begins from Vavdos village (940 m a.s.l) from the slopes of Mount Vigla and ends in Thessaloniki (50 m a.s.l.). A unique cycling experience. The view as we start our descent into the valley below is breathtaking, while on the horizon parts of the Aegean sea are visible.
The valley is named after the ancient city of Anthemous, possibly located near the modern town of Galatista. Alongside the river Anthemounta remains of prehistoric settlements and of subsequent classical and Hellenistic periods have been discovered.
Today on the slopes of Mt.Vigla the abandoned mines of magnesite resemble a lunar landscape. Much of the valley is cultivated intensively but also livestock rearing is evident to large extent.
• Transport by bus Kalamaria – Vavdos (return by bike)
• Transport of bikes by trailer
• Service/support vehicle
The cycle route follows surfaced roads, rural dirt roads generally in good condition, but there are several areas with gravel, stones and mud. The trail is mostly downhill and flat with some hill ascents. In total a distance of about 55 kms will be covered with stops for the picnic and relaxation at appropriate points along the route.
Reservations possible once date is announced.
Type of bicycle
ΜΤΒ/Trekking or all terrain in good working order (city bike or road bike is not suitable)
Bike rental from our MTB fleet € 5
Have with you:
• Bike helmet (we have a small number available, if you do not have your own)
• Small snack (e.g. fruit, energy bar etc.)
• Warm clothing