The ACT Greece will be a truly amazing adventure riding experience that every rider won’t ever forget. The track will lead you trough the big mountains of Greece, riding most of the time in altitude surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
The start of the adventure will be in Nafpaktos, a beautiful town, located in a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. The adventure will lead us first to the south, to discover the mountains in the region of Peloponnisos, taking us from there to the north of the country, crossing the mountains of Pindos, to end in the majestic Vikos Gorges, on the southern slopes of Mount Tymfi.
As we’ll be crossing the most remotes tracks of the Greek back-country, it’s important to pay attention to every detail and to be prepared for all the possible situations, because in many of this regions it won’t be possible to find help nearby.
This is an adventure tour of medium/high difficulty and depending on the weather and the condition of the track, it could be really hard do perform.
Special advices and warnings:
On the day before starting the track, we strongly recommend a visit to the castle, were you can be delighted by an amazing view and then to spend the afternoon and evening on the harbour area, enjoying the relaxed environment and the warming atmosphere of the bars and restaurants around this place.
This first day will lead us to Kalavryta, a city in the middle of the mountains of Peloponnisos. To cross the Gulf of Corinth on our way south, we have two options, the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge or by boat. If you have the opportunity and the time, try to cross it by boat on this first day and then you can take the bridge on the next day, were the schedule will be tighter. The boats are available every hour to do this cross.
After the cross of the Gulf, we’ll be climbing the mountains immediately. The beautiful landscapes are mandatory and we have on the north side the Gulf of Corinth but also on the west side the city of Patras just below us.
After this, we’ll get to the interior of the Peloponnisos region, crossing several mountains until reaching Kalavryta, final destination of day one. Despite being a day with not that many kilometres, it can still be a long riding day, depending on the condition of the track. In case of bad conditions there are two alternatives available to short up the track. If you have the time to do the full track, don’t hesitate because the last section of the day is a remarkable riding experience.
The track direction changes to the north, crossing again the Gulf of Corinth and keeping the riding close to the sea line. Then the track starts to go up to the higher regions and we’ll have once again the Gulf of Corinth as our main landscape as well as the mountains we’ve crossed the day before. Up on the mountain, lake Mornou will be our company for some kilometres. By this lake, on the small town of Lidorik, we’ll have to refuel, because it will only be possible again to refuel on the end of the next day. The day end’s up in Ano Chora a beautiful small town surrounded by mountains. There’s a small, but nice, restaurant were you can enjoy and taste the local gastronomy
Even though it’s not a long day in terms of distance, it will provide an intense off road experience, with a not so fast track to a truly amazing mountain landscape. On the middle, there is a rocky section that should be avoided if anyone feels already tired and the alternative route should be used instead. On the final of this stage, after crossing the Panaitoliko Mountain, we’ll arrive on Karpenisi, the place to refuel the motorcycles and also the human stomachs. Here, it’s easy to find motorcycle-shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. For those thinking on camping, 30kms ahead, already on the track of day 4, you’ll find the perfect spot, a huge valley, near the old Viniani Bridge, that crosses the river Tavropos. The place is absolutely stunning (if you’re camping, don’t forget to read the Special Advices section)
Afterwards, already doing off-road, the track will change a little, becoming faster on the moment we enter the Agrafa Mountains. On these mountains we’ll follow the river Agrafiotis, on a really fun off-road section. On the track we’ll find the colourful Restaurant / Coffee shop Neromylos, the right place to rest and to charge our battery’s for the remaining kilometres of the day. After passing the village of Agrafa, we’ll climb to 1700 metres of high, were the mountain landscape causes a big impact for its beauty and magnificence. From here we’ll be going down until we reach the huge lake of Plastira. And just by the lake rests the village of Neochori, were our day 4 ends. If you have the chance of having a rest day, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Meteora, that is just 70kms away by road.
The first part of the track starts with 13kms of hard off-road, which should be avoided if it rains the day or night before. After a sequence of asphalt roads were you can have some fun, with also some parts of easy and fast off-road track in the middle, always in the mountains, we’ll reach the city of Metsovo, that it’s really worthy to be visited. From here, we follow to Monodendri, on a very entertaining asphalt road to reach our final destination, Vikos Gorge. Here, you have to stop the bikes and follow on foot for 200m until the viewpoint. The last ACT Greece mission is to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and be involved with the feeling of excitement and satisfaction of completing this amazing adventure.