EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route

Ionian Sea and ancient temples
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Igoumenitsa to Patras

This stage introduces you to a captivating tapestry of experiences, entering Greece from Albania, through the border station of Sagiada. It then descends southward, sometimes following paths of unique beauty through wetland areas and at other times running parallel to the shores. As you cycle further, you’ll reach Vonitsa, a historical gem with Venetian fortifications and the pine-covered islet of Koukoumitsa, connected to the opposite shore by a stone footbridge. Continuing along this route, you will encounter the enchanting coastal town of Messolonghi, celebrated for its tranquil lagoons and its connection to Lord Byron. And don’t forget to explore Aitoliko, a small picturesque islet rooted in the water, situated approximately in the middle of the Aitoliko-Messolonghi lagoon. It is connected to the mainland to the east and west by two stone arched bridges.

Cover picture credits: EuroVelo 8 in Parga, Greece © Miltiadis Fragkidis Unsplash



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
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  • Natural Heritage
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  • Culinary Delights
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
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  • Mobility info center