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BEST OF NISYROS ROUTE (NISYROS)

Self-Guided / Day Tour / Enduro – A challenging bike tour with many technical trails. Get your free GPS track here!

Elevation: 1150 M

Kilometres: 39 KM

Trail Percentage: 15 %

CATEGORIES: ENDURO & ALL MOUNTAIN

Technical Difficulty

Landscape

DESCRIPTION

Important note for this tour: The two single trails from Nikia to the crater or crater rim are technically very difficult and require extremely good bike control, in addition there are some places in the trails with unsecured crash edge! If you reach your limit on the first trail below Emporios, don't ride the trails at Nikia, but rather follow the Cross-Country “Nisyros Sightseeing Route” from Emporios for the rest of your bike tour!

The "Best of Nisyros" enduro tour starts at the port of the island capital Mandraki in easterly direction. The first 2 km are an easy rolling on the flat coastal road, until you see a sign Nikia on the right side. A 5 km (almost 330 m) long ascent on asphalt with many panoramic views of the Aegean Sea to the junction to Emporios follows.

Here you turn right to Emporios, it goes for approx. 500 m on the asphalt road to below the village. Here an old stone path turns right. A 700 m long descent follows on this path. This has many, even higher steps and automatically leads you back to the asphalt road. Now follow this road uphill, paying attention to the signs for Nikia.

Shortly before the village turn right to the chapel of Prophitis Elias with a great view of the village and the crater below. Then you ride a little bit back to the first turn-off and turn left. Shortly after you reach the chapel of Agios Ioannis Theologos and push your bike through the entrance to the terrace below the chapel.

Here, a flat trail starts that leads over the terrace described above, and meets after approx. 400 m the trail, which leads here from Nikia. Now downhill for nearly 2km very technically with many hairpin bends and some steps down into the crater. This trail is very demanding!

Via this trail you reach an old water pump in the plain and continue towards the road. Follow the road to the left to the kiosk at the Stephanos Crater and have a look at the different craters.

Afterwards you can follow an asphalt road out of the crater. First it is almost flat for about 2km and then a demanding ascent for 3 km follows until you meet the way to Nikia again. Turn right here and continue uphill to Nikia. Follow the narrow alleyway into the village until you reach some steps and push your bike to the picture-book-like Plateia. There you'll find a place to stop for a break. Some steps at the back of the Plateia coffee bar lead to the next trail. Here you should push/carry briefly. On the one hand not to disturb the silence in the village, on the other hand not to leave any signs of abrasion on the whitewashed steps. Even if it would be fun to ride down these steps, we ask for consideration!

Once you have left the village, a very steep downhill part on a stone path with many steps follows. After approx. 200m you leave this path and turn right onto a terrace with a stone wall. On this terrace you always bike along the wall, crossing some older stone buildings and soon you come to the path over the crater rim. Now a nice flowy piece follows, before it goes on a rough stone path. It has steps and hairpin bends that are not secured on the right side. Please be especially careful here!

You will automatically reach a wider natural path that leads slightly uphill around the Stefanos crater and then becomes 2x quite steep on a short stretch. You pass a small monastery and then a downhill for a bit of rest follows, before you will face another 1km long steeper ascent.

Afterwards it goes almost only downhill to Mandraki. Follow the same path until the underground changes to concrete. There you meet a T-junction. Here you can already see the entrance to the trail back to the harbor village, which you of course won't miss at the end of a great tour. After about 300m you reach the old Kastro with its giant walls. If you climb the walls, you have a great view of the port Mandraki.

The final trail leads directly into the village and over narrow lanes along small white cubic houses to the promenade. Various taverns invite you to stop here.

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UNITED NATIONS ROUTE (KOS)

Self-Guided / Day Tour / All Mountain: A fantastic bike tour near Mount Dikeos on Kos with great trails and scenic highlights. Get your free GPS track here!

Elevation: 650 M

Kilometres: 35 KM

Trail Percentage: 40 %

CATEGORIES: ENDURO & ALL MOUNTAIN, SUITABLE for E-MTB

Technical Difficulty

Landscape

DESCRIPTION

The United Nations Route Kos is a self-guided All Mountain tour at the slopes of Mt. Dikeos mountain range on Kos Island which is located near Kos Town and stretches throughout the southeast of the island.

This individual mountain bike tour offers maximum off-road and trail fun: Varied underground, technically demanding, flowing trails and uniquely beautiful landscape will fascinate the biker. The newly build United Nations Trail as well as the Trail Brothers Trail ensure best trail experience during this fantastic ride.

A must do ride during a biking holiday on Kos!

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