The following is from the back of the ECF Eurovelo Map;
“The Mediterranean area is very popular for tourists, but until now not so much for bicycle tourism. However, various initiatives have improved facilities, especially in Spain & Italy. And similar initiatives are in the pipeline in Cyprus and Greece. Especially springtime and autumn periods are good for cycling in the south, while summertime can be too hot.”
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“The route starts in the biggest region of Spain, Andalusia, known for its white villages, huge fields of olive trees and beautiful green mountains and national parks. From Cadiz along the blue sea to Tarifa close to Africa at Gibraltar. The next stages go into the countryside through national parks and up to Ronda, down again to Malaga and up to Granada with the famous Alhambra at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Further to Murcia and Valencia – here the route has the theme and signs of the Via Augusta and also the pleasure of following some Vias Verdas. It is not easy to follow the coast in a straight line so up to Barcelona the route crosses inland from time to time. Here you should notice several cycle tracks and the Gaudi building, of course! Figueres with Dali Museum is the last station in Spain of a total of about 1,700 km. We pass the Pyrenees through Col de Banyuls (357 m).
The stages through France of 670 km can be divided into two very different stretches. The western part, Languedoc-Roussillon comes quite close to the sea, but the eastern part, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is typically mountainous and quite far from the sea, since the few coast roads have quite a lot of traffic. But the advantage is to get a taste of the fantastic cycle region of Provence, before the Mediterranean Sea is reached again at Nice and into the small country, Monaco.
In Italy after climbing the southern part of the Alps (Albenga – Cuneo) we have chosen to follow the rover Po (from Saluzzo) most of the way across the northern part of Italy and with good cycling facilities and very nice towns, Piacenza, Mantova, Ferrara in between the flat landscape. The route has been signed as Destra Po. Finally Venice is reached along the Venetian Laguna and after continuing along the sea we go inland to Portogruaro and back to the sea at Grado. Total in Italy 1,270 km.
From Trieste we cross inland to a piece of the lovely Slovenia using minor roads and into Croatia down to Rijeka, close to the Adriatic Sea across the island of Kirk, Pac and Brac. The coast is very hilly including the islands, which are very popular as tourist resorts in summertime. Split and Dubrovnic are very interesting towns to visit. Approx. 600 km.
Implementation of the route is still pending in the following countries: Montenegro (180 km), Albania (460 km), Greece (580 km), but finally in Cyprus a planning process for a cycle route around the island (490 km) has been going on for some time and some parts of the beautiful Troodos Mountains have already been opened. Remember left driving. More info www.visitcyprus.org.cy“
There is an old PDF document available which was written by the ECF all about the Eurovelo 8. Read it here.
Here are the towns mentioned in the official description from Greece to Spain (backwards!);
|Col de Banyuls|
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