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Cycling in Rhodes

Exploring the island at your own pace on a bicycle is an incredibly interesting way to experience Rhodes. Road cycling on Rhodes island is second to none and there is a huge variety in types and difficulty of routes to choose from. From nice gentle spins down the coastal roads or more energetic climbs up into the hills and gorgeous pine forests - you will be able to find a perfect cycling route just right for your preference.

Bicycles are available for rent on many locations on the island, and you can take any of the interesting and beautiful routes Rhodes has to offer at your own pace. But the best way to explore the island is to participate in one of the many cycling tours that will take you through the forest areas and the nearby resorts.There are many guided or self-guided tours and rentals of wide variety of bikes from city to road carbon and mountain bikes are available.

What makes an organized tour a beautiful and meaningful experience is that you will have an opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the locations you visit as well. It does not matter if you are just a beginner or an experienced cyclist, there are trips for all ages and experience levels, that will get you off the main roads out to the less visited and unspoiled locations that are to be found in small villages and the farmlands.

The organizers that run cycling tours on the island will often arrange to meet you at your hotel in the morning with the bikes and protective gear all ready for you to use. They will make the necessary adjustments to the cycles so that comfort level is guaranteed. They know the island well, and will take you through the roads and bike paths which are in the best condition for the purpose. Before you embark on a tour, simply discuss with them the difficulty in relation to your level of fitness. There are tours on dirt roads, paths, trails and rural asphalt roads. Most will avoid main roads with regular traffic for your safety as well.

If you are already an experienced  cyclist and would like to make the adventure your own, there are self guided options to consider. The best place to start would be Rhodes town, where picking up a bike that is best for your own needs is quite easy. Just make sure everything is in good working order before you start. Some suggested rides might be the Butterfly Valley via Psinthos and Elousa, wine region of Kritinia and Embonas or the pine-wooded forest of Profitis Illias Mountain.

You will find that driving around the island is a truly joyful experience, and you will find something interesting around every corner, from charming tavernas offering local delicacies and food, plentiful accommodation options and friendly locals who will be more than happy to show you towards some of the more interesting, unspoiled and off the beaten track spots of the island.

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