Still quite a few long gaps in the journey, notably nothing marked in Albania & Montenegro and a long stretch between Barcelona and Valencia but hey! That’s half the fun… The map is interactive so zoom in and out, change from ‘terrain’ to ‘satellite’ etc… and above all, give me your advice! Do you live somewhere along the route (or not far from it)? Do you have interesting suggestions for places to visit? I do need to make this journey as eventful as possible (hopefully in a positive way but I imagine there will be some ‘issues’ along the way) as the success of my next book, Good Vibrations 2 (working title) depends upon it. Please let me know what you think either via the ‘comment’ button or directly via email. Thanks.
Athens: The starting point. Clearly I will have to fly to Athens from the UK
Igoumenítsa: Most northerly town on the Greek Adriatic coast. I could take a ferry across to Corfu or… (see below)
Georgios Farfaras writes: “Good news. Greece is having a coordination centre for Eurovelo! Very soon EV8, EV11 and EV13 will have more details about geographic information for starting and stop points, route infrastructure and more in the EuroVelo Overview Route Database.”
Albania & Montenegro
I could avoid Albania & Montenegro altogether! How? Well, I could take a ferry from either mainland Greece or Corfu to Brindisi, then visit my good friends Basil & Liz (who I stayed with at the end of my Eurovelo 5 trip) who live in Cisternino (only 50 kms from the port). I could then cycle to Bari a little further north from where I could catch a second ferry to Dubrovnic in Croatia.
But that would be cheating and it would be a shame to miss out the potentially most adventurous bit of the journey…
Slovenia: a very fleeting visit!
Italy: It looks as though the Eurovelo 8 follows the Italian cycle route number 2, the Via del Po e delle Lagune.
Venice: It would be good if I could once again visit Simone. I stayed with him on the Eurovelo 5 trip when he was living in Pavia. He is now living in Venice however. Very convenient!
Pavia: The symbolic crossing point between my two great European cycling journies! I stayed overnight in Pavia with Simone (see Venice, above) in 2010.
Col de Banyuls (357m)
Ronda: I have relations who live in Estapona, just south of Ronda on the coast so it would be good to take a small detour to visit them.
Cadiz: The finishing line for me! A train ride to Seville would see me hop back on a plane to return to the UK. That said, Cadiz does have an airport of its own and Ryan Air fly from Jerez de la Frontera to London Stanstead.
That’s the plan…
I have written about the maps required for the route in this post on the website.