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EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route: (My) Once-In-A-lifetime Experience

It will soon be 10 years that I set off to cycle along the Mediterranean coast from Cape Sounio in southern Greece to Cape St. Vincent in southern Portugal. My route was inspired by the EuroVelo 8, although it was much less developed back then than it is today. I saw some EuroVelo 8 signs in Catalonia but aside from that, I’m not quite sure I saw any elsewhere. And after Valencia, when I was beginning to run short of time – I needed to be back at work at the beginning of September – I headed inland, away from the coast in order to complete the journey without resorting to jumping on the train.

It was, nevertheless, a Mediterranean adventure and a fitting moment for the European Cyclists’ Federation to release a short animation. It brings back many memories…

“Sparkling emerald seas, kilometres of golden sand, mysterious islands, excellent food, ancient cities… It isn’t hard to find convincing reasons to live a once-in-a-lifetime experience by travelling along the Mediterranean! What better way to do it than by bicycle? Join Alice and her friends as they admire Gaudi’s mind-blowing architecture in Barcelona, discover the lavender fields in Forcalquier, visit Dubrovnik’s old town, relive the ancient history in Izmir, or pull their bicycle up alongside a waiting beach, inviting them to relax. While EuroVelo 8 connects many popular tourist destinations, there are still many undiscovered gems to be found along the way. Find out all about EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route at http://www.eurovelo.com/ev8

More details can be found on the EuroVelo 8 page of CyclingEurope.org. You can read the full story of my journey back in 2013 by reading the book, Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie.


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