Labelled by some bicycle tourists as the ‘Beast of the East’, this lengthy route (approx. 6,000 km) stretches from the north-east tip of Norway all the way down to sunny Greece. EuroVelo 11 will lead you through six extremely different capital cities: hip Helsinki, charming Vilnius, the ‘Phoenix City’ of Warsaw, the ‘White City’ of Belgrade, exciting Skopje and, last but not least, enchanting ancient Athens. Give it a go and discover a new favourite destination!
The EV11 enters Greece around Doirani Lake, a unique wetland, where Greece shares borders with the Republic of North Macedonia. First city on the way south, the modern metropolis of Thessaloniki, with its lively cosmopolitan character and, whilst there, do not miss a visit to nearby Mount Athos or the Great Tumulus of Vergina village in Imathia, Central Macedonia, where excavations in 1977 brought to light the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century in Greece. The route follows the east coast and offers superb views of Mount Olympus and Mount Pelion, passing through the city of Volos and the historical cities of Thebes and Chalkis. Finally it enters the Attica Region where the magnificent Acropolis of Athens is worth a visit.