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TimAdd Newe to get the bike out, along with Scruffy’s trailer, for the annual Bike Around Athena. This year the ride starts at the Old Olympic Stadium (Panathainiko Stadio) and there’s two routes to follow – a “difficult” route of 8 km (LOL) and a kid friendly route from Syntagma Square to Kalimarmaro Stadium.
Remember that this isn’t a “race” but rather a time for the city streets to be emptied of cars and other motorized traffic so that cyclists of all ages and sizes can enjoy the city center – but more important to also demonstrate that bicycles are a wise alternative for getting around the city center. Each year that participation grows in this Bike Around Athena event is another year that brings Athens a tiny bit closer to becoming bike friendly.
If you’re visiting Athens on October and want to ride, it is a good idea to contact a bike rental agency as soon as possible because rentals are limited and they always run out of bikes on the day of the Bike Around Athens event.

Acropolis Bikes, located right downtown, rents bikes by the hour, the half day and the full day. If by chance you miss this event, they also offer organized bike tours of the historical center. Visit them online at
You can also get bikes from

OK, so it wasn’t the “tour de France” or Olympic moment I envisioned, speeding past the Parliamant Building like those cyclists on the postcards from the Olympics trials… but it sure was fun having no cars on Vas. Sophias!

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!