Bike or Hike
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Bike Or Hike organises guided & self guided cycling and MTB bike trips and hiking tours on the beautiful Pelion (Pilio) peninsula of Greece. The programme includes both day trips (or half-day excursions) and multi-day trips exploring Mount Pelion, its villages and beaches. The trips are led by experienced guides. Customised bespoke tours and trips can also be organised. Bike or Hike is a family business based in the village of Portaria, dedicated to sharing a passion for outdoor activities in this beautiful but little-known part of Greece. With our base in the picturesque village of Portaria on Pelion (known in Greek as "Pilio") we specialize in organising mountain bike tours and in renting mountain bikes together with the necessary equipment. We have a love of the outdoors and an intimate knowledge of the area, and our primary objective is to enable like-minded visitors discover the delights of this wonderful part of Greece. Ecotourism is not just an idea for us, it's a way of life.
Portaria, Magnesia Region, Greece

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Guy S
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Aug 2020
We rented 3 mountain bikes in August 2020 from Bike or Hike. The bikes were very good (Cube mountain bikes, less than a year old) and Panagiotis VERY kindly (i) delivered them to us (we were staying on the other side of the Pelion, about 45 minutes drive away) for a modest fee and (ii) gave us a rucksack with tools, alternative pedals and spare parts. The cycling was amazing (extremely steep inclines). Thank you, Panagiotis, you were a star.
Written August 15, 2020
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Vasillis David Sakellarakis
Zurich, Switzerland11 contributions
Jul 2020
Bike or Hike offers a wide range of outdoor activities at Mt. Pelion, one of the most morphologically unique mountain ranges in Greece, dominating a hook-shaped peninsula that juts out from Thessaly into the Aegean Sea, with heavily forested mountain slopes fading into crystal clear bodies of water on either side. The company's base is Portaria, a picturesque village situated on the western slopes and close to the city of Volos.

My active week package revolved primarily around mountain biking, both on dirt roads and on tarmac, on high ridges, through the many villages at gentle altitude and along the coastline(s). This we also combined with several other activities such as kayaking, a boat trip to a handful of fabled caverns, swimming (not only at the sea!) and a hike. Needless to say, all of our excursions turned out as memorable experiences.

The tour operator in my case was Panagiotis (Panos), who organised my accommodation, my bike rental, our daily activities and also served as the mtb guide. He's well acquainted with Mt. Pelion's local geography and routes, but also meticulous in his planning, so I never had to worry about anything, and very approachable as person, so we quickly established a cordial relationship.

If you possess even a modicum of fitness and want to experience Greek and Mediterranean landscapes at their best, you should do this trip.
Written July 21, 2020
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DorothyNorthLondon
North London11 contributions
Aug 2020
Panos took us on a brilliant half day bike/hike down the pretty western coast and then inland along the banks of a small river to a magical waterfall and pool - much colder than the sea of course, but beautifully refreshing, with a wonderful peaceful atmosphere under the trees... The mountain bikes were gloriously fit for purpose, almost gliding along the paths, rough and smooth. And Panos himself was extremely good company - friendly, knowledgeable, and sensitive to our needs. I highly recommend this experience - and it makes me want to do a longer trip if/when we go to Pelion again.
Written August 16, 2020
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Francesco
Rovereto, Italy7 contributions
Sep 2020
Great experience in renting a bike in Portaria. The Bike was delivered in time directly to our Hotel, comes with a backpack with maps, accessories, and useful tools. The owner is very kind. The bike was excellent!.
Written November 10, 2020
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David G
Amsterdam41 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Panos led the four of us on a spectacular ride this morning crossing many different paths in the foothills of mount Pelion. We ended up at a beautiful and secluded waterfall and tucked into home made pastries which Panos thoughtfully provided. We finished at lunchtime and had well-earned lunch in nearby Agria. He is a fantastic guide and made this a brilliant trip: highly recommended even for those very unfit!
Written July 14, 2020
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Holiday_divers
Burgenland, Austria52 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Went by e-bike from Portaria to Chorefto together with Pagos, who is the owner of bike or hike. Was an absolut amazing tour. We selected the easy tour without really mountainbike trails, but it was also very impressive. In total we drove 42 Kilometers in 6 hours with many stops, where Pagos showed as some beautiful villages and hidden places. We can recommend this tour to everybody, who wants to do some sports and see wonderful Pelion. Pagos can tune the tour to exactly your requirements , from just biking to full moutainbike!
Written July 7, 2021
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JuliaS
Munich, Germany1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
The very friendly and helpful owner provided great tips for my bike ride around Pilio. The quality of the bike I rented was amazing, I would’ve liked to take it home if that had been possible logistically! The owner also provided a helmet and a kit to fix the bike in case of difficulty. Great service, I would definitely recommend renting a bike here!
Written August 15, 2022
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Kobi Shaked
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Sep 2021 • Solo
Excellent time with Panos! He takes you to a great ride along the olives 🫒 trees and into the small villages of Pilio. You end up in beautiful and hidden waterfall where you can rest and enjoy, relax and enjoy nature. Highly recommend 👌
Written September 13, 2021
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amy22016
Beersheba, Israel6 contributions
Jun 2022
We had 2 perfect days on Pelion.
One day we did the bike and hike tour "along the coast".
Another day we did the waterfall hike.
They were both beautiful days, really nice guides, not too strenuous.
I like their approach- enjoy nature, get to know Pelion from the inside,
but you don't have to kill yourself in the process!
We were 2 couples in our 60s and we all really enjoyed it.
Highly recommended!!!
Written June 16, 2022
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Anniek Lambrecht
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Nov 2022
Great family activity, riding moutain bikes along the coast and through the olive trees.
My son took a swim in ice water coming from the mountain via a small waterfall.
My son is 13 years old and loved the activity
We will definitely book again when we are in the area
Written November 5, 2022
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