Biking in Athens, while learning Greek!

Do you like riding your bicycle ? The last 5 years, biking becomes more and more popular in Athens. It is healthy, cheap and you are not stuck in traffic jams! Even better, every year more and more biking roads are becoming part of the city and biking shops are popping up in every neighborhood of the capital. (words in italics are translated in Greek below)

When visiting Athens, you can of course use public transport (metro, bus, train and tram) to reach the city–center, Acropolis and other sites. Using a bike though, gives you the possibility to have a sightseeing tour through the city, without getting too tired.

A lot of organizations nowadays organize tours through the city, so you can just contact them and book one of their tours. But maybe you desire to rent a bike and head off on your own? Are you adventurous?

Here below some alternatives routes!

The sea side (South Athens)

If you prefer a less “busy” tour, the seaside is a good choice. The combination of the sea breeze, fish and ouzo make you feel like heaven on earth. Good routes are Floisvos Marina to Eden beach, Faliro to Glyfada and Glyfada to Kavouri.

Singrou Park (North Athens : Maroussi – Kifissia)

This park in North Athens has a rich network of dirt roads and different paths, winding through fruit trees, pine trees, etc. If you want to feel close to nature, Singrou Park has it all. For your information, it is allowed to carry your bike on the metro. In order to reach this park, you take the Green Metro Line till Maroussi Metro Station and bike 500 meters till the park.
Tip: since in this park you have a lot of roads going uphill and downhill, it is advised to use a mountain bike. For your info, the Omilo Greek Language school is located at only 400 meters from this park.

Tatoi Park (North Athens)

If you have the possibility to put your bike in the car and drive for about 30 minutes North of Athens, Tatoi park is another option for a bike ride. Tatoi was the summer residence of the former Greek Royal Family. It is a very green area, located next to the National Park of Mount Parnitha. Ideal to combine your bike tour with a pic-nic or tavern meal!

As you can see, there are plenty of options for an alternative view on the city! Enjoy the ride, but do not forget to wear your helmet!

Greek vocabulary:
bicycle: το ποδήλατο
to bike/cycle : κάνω ποδήλατο
to rent a bike: νοικιάζω ποδήλατο
Where can I rent a bike? Που μπορώ να νοικιάσω ποδήλατο
traffic jam: το μποτιλιάρισμα
biking road: ο ποδηλατόδρομος
biking shop: το ποδηλατάδικο
public transport: η δημόσια συγκοινωνία
metro: το μετρό
bus: το λεωφορείο
tram: το τραμ
train: το τρένο
to rent a bike: νοικιάζω ποδήλατο
dirt road: χωματόδρομος
path: μονοπάτι
road going uphill: η ανηφόρα
road going downhill: η κατηφόρα
mountain bike: ποδήλατο βουνού
helmet: το κράνος