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Cycling in Thassos: The Ultimate MTB Thassos Guide with 10 Best MTB Routes and Local Tips!

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Cycling

Featured MTB Thassos Guide by Thassos Holidays
Here is a complete MTB Thassos Guide! Keep reading to see amazing video footage, spectacular routes, and local tips!

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Wondering where to go mountain biking in Thassos? Or looking for ideas for an excursion in nature? Either way, you’ll love these insider tips and routes for Thassos mtb. Get ready to uncover the most authentic and unspoiled part of Thassos at the comfort of your Mtb e-bike!

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TOP 5 TIPS FOR MTB IN THASSOS

1. Avoid driving on the main roads.

Whenever I see a tourist bringing their mountain bike and cycling on the main roads, I wonder, “WHY???”. That is so wrong. Not only do you not fully enjoy the beauty of Thassos nature, but you also risk an accident with an ongoing car! Some may argue main roads are flatter. Sure, but if you want a flat route, don’t take a mountain bike. The word Mountain there is for a reason. Instead, take a race or tour bike.

2. Don’t look at the time or pace

Mountain biking in Thassos is not about exercising. At the most, that’s a welcoming byproduct. The highlight of Thassos mtb and the reason you go is no other than exploring its mountains. And exploration always goes hand in hand with observation, taking your time, and paying attention to the beauty all around. And believe me, there is much of it in the Thassos mountains.

3. Take it easy on the way down

Going down the mountain is one of the most thrilling and exciting parts of mountain biking. But, since you are in Thassos, why not appreciate and focus on the majestic surroundings instead? Grab those descending opportunities and go easy, with brakes full on. It won’t only be safer, but you will also better enjoy the landscape.

4. Wear long sleeves

Riding a bike can get so exciting that you may forget to put on enough sunscreen. And then you run the risk of getting sunburnt. So, be wise and wear long sleeves. I’ve found dry-fit clothes work the best. Plus, you won’t have to worry about getting scratches from any tree branches that may be on your way.

5. Rent an electric mountain bike in Thassos!

If there is one argument against mountain biking, that is it can be tiring, at least on the way up. However, don’t let that discourage you. Act smart and rent an e-mountain bike instead! The extra push it gives you as you ascend cliffs and dirt roads will be so rewarding that you will never want to switch back to conventional bikes.

Now that you got the basics covered, here are ten of the most unique cycling routes in the mountains of Thassos! Ranking from the easiest to the most difficult, these ten mtb routes have something for everyone. Let’s dive right in!

10 BEST MTB ROUTES IN THASSOS

Skala Kallirachi MTB Loop 11km

The most accessible mountain bike route in this list starts from Skala Kallirachi, only 2 kilometers from Plaka, where you can rent your own bike. You will first cycle through olive groves until you reach the mountain village of Kallirachi.

Skala Kallirachi Thassos MTB Loop 11km (5)

From Kallirachi, continue your way uphill through a cement road until you reach a sharp u-turn. Only a few hundred meters are left, and you are ready to go downhill through the other side of the cliff surrounding the two villages.

Paradise Beach MTB Route 10km

Another easy Thassos mtb route starts from Paradise Beach and continues south until the hill above Agios Ioannis Beach. The first path of the journey may be on the main road, but it will be almost as scenic as the mountain routes of Thassos. This southeast part of Thassos is the most unspoiled.

Paradise Beach Thassos MTB Route 10km (4)

As you approach Agios Ioannis, you will notice a dirt road that leads to the edge of a small peninsula. Take that route and enjoy panoramic views over Makryammos Bay on the north and Alikes Beach on the west. Because such a beautiful mtb route is best enjoyed when you visit twice, you will return to the starting point from the same path.

Golden Beach MTB Loop 12km

This 12-kilometer Thassos Mtb route starts on the northern side of Golden Beach, in the area also known as Skala Panagia. From here, you will follow a scenic dirt road that leads to the mountain village of Panagia.

Golden Beach Thassos MTB Loop 12km (1)

From Panagia, you will follow the main road to Potamia, another picturesque village in the area. Along the way, you will enjoy the panoramic views over Golden Beach Bay below you. Finally, you will descend to sea level through a local olive grove near Skala Panagia.

Kallirachi MTB Loop 14km

The 14-kilometer loop from Kallirachi is one of the most scenic Thassos mountain routes under 15 kilometers. The terrain is ever-changing, from dense pine forests and dry landscape to viewpoints that will leave you breathless.

Kallirachi Thassos MTB Loop 14km (4)

A great stopover in this mtb route is no other than the chapel of Metamorfosi above Kallirachi. This historical chapel offers unparalleled views over the bay. Plus, it is the highest point in your trip, meaning it is almost all downhill left. Just be careful on the way down as a small part before the church of Anargyroi is a bit tricky.

Panteleimon MTB Loop 18km

A relatively flat mtb route in Thassos, Panteleimon loop starts and ends in the monastery of the same name. You can follow a cement road from Kazaviti to reach the starting point. After a small initial uphill section, it is a smooth downhill for more than half of the remainder.

Panteleimon Kazaviti Thassos MTB Loop 18km (3)

Once you pass a local marble query, turn right and cycle on a scenic road above Maries. That would be the most challenging part of the route, as the paths are uphill but not too steep. Thankfully, you will be enjoying spectacular views along the way.

Maries MTB Loop 22km

Getting into more difficult cycles in Thassos, the 22-kilometer loop from Maries will leave you in awe of its attractions along the way. Not only will you come to see two different waterfalls along the way, but you will also visit the spectacular village of Kastro.

Maries Thassos MTB Loop 22km (9)

You will be cycling in the heart of the Thassos mountains, so take your time to enjoy the surroundings. You can even swim in the lake in Maries or bathe at the Apostolus waterfall, which is ideal for a picnic, away from crowds, satellite connection, and routine.

In short, exploring this part of Thassos on an e-bike should be part of your Thassos plans. By the way, if you haven’t decided on your Thassos itinerary yet, check one of my suggested itineraries for your Thassos holidays: a 7-day itinerary, a 5-day itinerary, or a shorter 4-day itinerary.

La Skala MTB Loop 20km

If you are near Pachis or La Skala beach, you cannot but notice how green this area of Thassos is. It is the place that has been the least affected by fires in the past century. As a result, it remains a natural wonder with a spectacular and lush landscape.

La Skala Thassos MTB Loop 20km (5)

The first part of the route is quite uphill, so take it easy and walk with your bike to preserve energy if needed. And remember to turn your back around to check the scenic view over La Skala and soon over Limena. In the end, you will see the mountain’s other side and cycle above Rachoni village.

Limenas MTB Loop 26km

Another beautiful yet challenging mtb Thassos route is the path that takes you from Limenas to Panagia through the hills surrounding Limenas. Although not easy, there is nothing like cycling while having the entire settlement of cosmopolitan Limenas on your feet.

Limenas Thassos MTB Loop 26km (5)

Especially the section just before you reach Panagia will make you wonder why you have not been here before. And to top it all, you will even get a glimpse of Golden Beach! Finally, the descent back to Limenas will be through the main road and quite fast compared to how long it took you to get up here.

Maries to Ipsario MTB 15km one-way

If you feel like a challenge, consider cycling from Skala Maries village to the peak of Thassos in Ipsario. It will be 15 kilometers of non-stop uphill. Hard, but much less so if you have an electric mountain bike.

Maries to Ipsario Thassos MTB 15km one-way (1)

The reward for your efforts will be a 180-degree view over Golden Beach Bay. No words or pics can fully describe the feeling of awe once you stand on the peak overlooking the east Aegean. And the good news continues! The way back will be relentless downhill fun!

Inner Circle of Thassos Mountain from Kallirachi 47km MTB

When most cyclists aim to complete the 100-kilometer Thassos tour along the main road, you can aim higher! Thassos mountains are a lot more beautiful and scenic. Plus, you don’t have the risk of being involved in an accident with a reckless driver. Hence, it makes sense to do the inner circle of Thassos mountains instead.

Inner Circle of Thassos Mountains from Kallirachi 47km MTB (5)-2

The trip starts and ends in Kallirachi in the west part of the island. The 47 kilometers will take you on a journey through ever-changing terrain, breathtaking viewpoints, lakes, waterfalls, and lots more surprises. One of those will be your encounters with local wild goats, some of which may get curious about your whereabouts. In the end, those 47 kilometers will feel like a blessing second to none.

Frequently Asked Questions for Cycling in Thassos

1. What types of cycling routes can I find in Thassos?

Thassos offers a variety of cycling routes including flat, hilly, uphill, downhill, quick rides, and long tours. With more than 100 cycle routes mapped, there’s something for every level of cyclist.

2. When is the best time to cycle in Thassos?

The optimal months for cycling in Thassos are May and June. During this time, the weather is pleasant, making it ideal for exploring the island’s scenic routes.

3. Are there any mountain biking trails in Thassos?

Yes, Thassos has several mountain biking trails. The longest trail, Mikros Prinos – Agios Panteleimonas Monastery – Skala Sotiros – Papalimani, stretches 33.5 miles, offering a challenging ride through beautiful landscapes.

4. What is the most challenging mountain biking trail in Thassos?

The Skala Marion – Panteleimonas Monastery – Marble Quarry – Maries Loop is considered the most popular and difficult mountain biking trail in Thassos, providing an exhilarating experience for seasoned bikers.

5. How can I find the right cycle route for me in Thassos?

You can explore routes based on your preferences such as road bike routes, mountain bike routes, or city bike routes. Thassos offers a wide range of options to suit different cycling styles.

6. Who are the most active cyclists in Thassos?

Harald Röhsa, with 22 routes, and Eric Moussambani, with 12 routes, are among the most active cyclists in Thassos. They contribute significantly to the cycling community on the island.

7. Are the roads in Thassos suitable for road cycling?

Yes, the main roads in Thassos are generally suitable for road cycling. However, it’s important to be prepared for hilly and hard-going sections, especially on the East coast.

8. Can I cycle around the island of Thassos?

Cycling around Thassos is a popular choice for many cyclists. The island offers a 126 km route that circumnavigates Thassos, providing stunning views and varied terrain.

9. What should I bring for cycling in Thassos?

It’s important to carry plenty of water, sunscreen, and appropriate cycling gear. Considering the terrain and climate of Thassos, preparing for both climbs and heat is advisable.

10. Are there any tips for cycling in Thassos during the summer?

Given the potential high temperatures, it’s best to cycle early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Always stay hydrated and wear sun protection to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

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Remember, cycling in Thassos is among the top 21 Reasons to visit Thassos.

To explore more, view these Top 17 Day Trip Ideas in Thassos.

If you’re convinced you should cycle and visit the island, here is how to get to Thassos via air and ferry routes.

And if you want to make that move a little bit more permanent, here is a guide to moving to Thassos!

You also want to be smart about the timing of your holidays, so check the Thassos weather patterns and the best time to visit the island.

My favorite times are late spring and early autumn, but you may also want to visit Thassos in winter.

Whichever season and time you arrive on the island, make sure to follow these 24 Thassos Travel Tips and avoid the following 20 common Thassos Travel mistakes.

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