10 Tips for Family Biking on Thassos

Thassos Island

Biking has always been a favorite leisure activity for our family – it allows us to spend great time together, see amazing places, have a picnic, relax and get fit at the same time.

With small kids it’s not possible to do long cycling treks, or steep mountain trails. So, we usually choose road cycling through peaceful rural areas, and stop here and there for sightseeing, for a game of volleyball or cards, ice-cream, snack, etc. One of our favorite locations for family biking is Thassos island in Greece.

Why Thassos?

  • It’s very close to Greece mainland, so it only takes a short ferry trip from Kavala or Keramoti. Kavala is a 2-3 hour drive from Thessaloniki airport.
  • Thassos has a main ring-road which follows the coastline and passes through amazing beaches and historical/cultural places to see. The road is easy to cycle, and makes a great route for family biking.
  • Thassos is also a very green island, full of cedars, oaks, pines, chestnuts, so the road is mostly shady and really pleasant.

If you decide to take your family to bike in Thassos – here are 10 tips you may use:

1. Go biking in spring or autumn.

The weather then is not too hot or cold, but pleasantly sunny and dry. Also, Thassos roads are almost desolate outside the high season.

2. Do not bring bikes with you, instead – rent bikes.

You can find very affordable bike rental locations in Thassos, charging EUR 5-10 per day per decent bike. Child seats and trailers are also available.

3. Circumnavigating the island would make for an exciting and memorable family vacation

One of the many beaches along Thassos ring road

One of the many beaches along Thassos ring road

You may circumnavigate the whole island by bike within 3 days, if you do a veery leisure biking. The whole circumnavigation of the island is approximately 100 kms, by the main road. Our family of 4 covered approx 40 kms within a day, biking about 6-7 hours, including many stops.

So, instead of staying at one place and choosing between few possible routes, which you’ll have to bike back and forth, take little luggage with you and stay at several different places alongside the road. Each day you’ll bike a different route, and at the end kids will be excited to have circumnavigated quite a big greek island!

4. Plan stops on the uphills

The road is generally a pleasant one – not too steep, easy enough for a 10-year old. However, plan frequent stops on the uphills, a few of them are long and fairly tiring for kids.

We did frequent stops, especially after the uphill passages

We did frequent stops, especially after the uphill passages

5. Prepare for picnics.

There are many picnic areas alongside Thassos road, including sheltered picnic tables, and they offer amazing sea views.
Remember to also take plenty of water, since some road passages lack shops or fountain taps.

6. Prepare for swim breaks.

The road passes by so many beaches with crystal clear water (with Paradise beach being our favorite one), you’ll be tempted get off the road for a few hours to have a dip. The water is warm enough for very small kids starting end of May, and then through the end of September.

Paradise beach: shallow waters, great for kids

Paradise beach: shallow waters, great for kids


7. Plan sightseeing stops along the way

Along the road you can find the Monastery of Archangel Michael, and not far away from the road are places of interest such as the Ancient City and the Ancient theatre.

Monastery Archangel Michael

Monastery Archangel Michael, 15 kms from Potos, just on the ring road


8. Put plenty of sunscreen

Thassos ring-road is mostly shady but at places really exposed. So, put sunscreen even if the day is not too sunny- when biking, the wind, sun and sweat combined really contribute for an easy sunburn.

9. Visit a kids-friendly taverna

Many Thassos tavernas (outside the noisy beach areas) have a kids playground or lovely gardens where kids can play . The pricing in Thassos tavernas is generally lower than on the mainland, but everything tastes amazing. Kids menu may be available on request.

10. Avoid the mountain bike competitions

Thassos is becoming popular for its mountain biking too, and there are several mountain bike races taking place throughout the year. During such events the rental locations, roads as well as accommodations tend to get crowded. Ask your bike rental company whether or not your planned vacation dates overlap with an event of this kind.

And a couple of ideas for bike rental locations:
Velo Studios (offers also very comfortable apartments for rent)
Crazy Rollers

Enjoy your family vacation on bikes! And feel free to contact me with any questions regarding biking in Thassos, I’ll be glad to help as best as I can.

One Response to 10 Tips for Family Biking on Thassos

  1. What a beautiful place to go biking. These are great tips for families visiting the islands. I’ve never thought of biking around a Greek island but this sounds fun especially with stunning scenery. I love the water on that Paradise Beach.

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