EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route

The land of Philosophers and Gods
Contains the tracks of the whole stage, including well developed sections but also parts of the route under development or at the planning stage.
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Patras to Athens

Embark on an exhilarating cycling journey from the historic city of Patras to the vibrant metropolis of Athens. This captivating stage offers a mesmerising blend of ancient wonders, picturesque landscapes, and cultural treasures. Starting in Patras, you will pedal through charming coastal towns, discovering hidden gems along the way. As you make your way south, you will encounter the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal, a feat of engineering that connects the Ionian Sea to the Aegean. Explore ancient archaeological sites like Corinth’s Temple of Apollo and Megara, where legendary tales of Greek mythology come to life. Finally, arrive in Athens, where the Acropolis and Plaka district await, offering a perfect culmination to this unforgettable cycling odyssey.

Cover picture credits: Acropolis, Athens, Greece © Constantinos Kollias Unsplash

Due to a serious accident (overturning and explosion of a tanker truck) and the mandatory demolition of the severely damaged bridge after the Isthmus of Corinth, traffic on the Athens-Corinth National Road has been suspended from the Peloponnese to Athens and vice versa since 7 June 2024. It is recommended to use the Suburban Railway from Corinth station to Agioi Theodoroi station and vice versa. You can find info concerning the train timetable here:
For your information in all trains in Greece two bicycles are allowed in each train. If you have more questions you can contact the Greek NECC at [email protected].


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.
  • Public transport link


  • Natural Heritage
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Culinary Delights
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center