CENTRAL GREECE: 7days cycling & multisport tour (Mt Olympus, Mt Kissavos, Meteora)

5th day: Cycling tour at the Vale of Tempe

5th day: Cycling tour at the Vale of Tempe

.We ride from Pierias' shores to Tempi Valley the magic area, enjoy  tour at Agia Paraskevi, tour at the picturesque village of Ampelakia where we will have a short tour in the historic village. We enjoy to have break and meal in Ampelakia village by 2 choiceswhere we will ride the 4,5 km climb with bikes. Alternatelly we are  tranfered to Ampelakia by bus. Later on we return to the hotel, covering the 88km bike tour.  Later on we return to the hotel, covering the 88km bike tour. 

DAY 5 Leptokaria Tempi Valey

Cycling Walking Canoe Visit to historical place/ museem

Difficulty Level: Easy

Meeting Point: Paralia, Pieria

Start: Leptokarya

Finish: Vale of Tempe

Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness

Overnight: Paralia, Pieria

Recommended equipment list

  • GOOD MOOD!
  • Small cycling back bag.
  • Bicycle bag for personal items.
  • Helmet
  • Sport shoes.
  • Bandana
  • Wind-waterproof sleeveless jacket (optional).
  • Hat, cap or headband
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream & lips sun cream.
  • Bars, gels.
  • Extra bottle of water.
  • Optionally your own snack.
  • Camera, personal items.
  • Vale of Tempe

    Vale of Tempe

    The place where history meets mythology, tradition meets culture, myth meets reality. According to the legend, the valley opened by Poseidon’s trident.  Another myth narrates the love of the god Apollo for Daphne, the daughter of Pineios. It is the place where Apollo chose to cleanse himself for the murder of Python, when he took over the Oracle at Delphoi. Here he fell in love with Daphne, the Nymph that became his sacred plant. The old pilgrims headed towards Delphoi carrying laurel leaves from the valley of Tempi to the Oracle to honour the god Apollo.
    The Sacred Laurels were cut from the “Holy Narrows” for crowning the athletes who participated during the opening and the games Pythia.

    Tempe

    Tempi or Vale of Tempe is formed between the mount Olympus and Kissavos (Ossa), in the centre of Greece. The valley is 10 kilometres in length, while on its narrowest point a gorge is formed 25 metres in width and depth about 500 metres. River Pineios runs through it, which then flows to the Aegean. Tempi constitute the main passage from Macedonia to Thessaly and for this reason the area was of great importance since antiquity.

    Today, the railway passes through the area along with the national road Athens-Thessaloniki. On 2017 2 tunnels that by-pass the valleywere inaugurated, one of which is the longest road tunnel in Greece and the Balkans.

    The name of Tempi remains the same since antiquity. During the Turkish occupation Tempi were also called Baba. The iron hanging footbridge that crosses the Pineiosriver constitutes a reference point and is necessary in order to visit the monastery of AgiaParaskevi built in the rock of Olympus and to admire the virgin landscape! Next to the church there is a small cave where the initial pilgrimage is found, where the holy water of AgiaParaskevi flowsat its end.  The cave is so small that only one person can go in at a time.

    At the verdoyant valley of Tempi there are numerous natural springs flowing to Pineios. Close to the exit of Tempi, there are springs known since antiquity as “Daphne’s Spring” and “Aphrodite’s Spring”.

    Tempi constitute a refuge for many birds-waders and birds of prey (225 species, including cormorants, herons and flamingos), while aquatic plants (planes, aspen, willows, etc.), growing in the waters of the river, forests of planes and rare flowers on the rocks, compose the landscape.

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