EuroVelo 8 connects many destinations that are popular tourist attractions in their own right: Barcelona, Monaco, Venice, the Croatian Coast, Cyprus – the list goes on. It is little surprise therefore that the Mediterranean Route receives more interest than any other EuroVelo route. And whilst many of it’s destinations are already internationally famous, there are still lots of undiscovered gems to be found along the way, not least in Albania and Montenegro.
So what are you waiting for!
- 5888 km long
712 Species of fish in
- Mediterranean diet
- Natural heritage
- World Heritage Sites (UNESCO)
- Maritime heritage
- Art cities
- Mediterranean Sea
- Religious heritage
Truffle of Alba, Italy
Piedmont means super cuisine and excellent wines.The true star of Piedmont’s cuisine is the white truffle of Alba, whose intense aroma can enhance the flavour of “plain” food like poached eggs or turn a dish of “tajarin” (fresh hand made pasta) or raw beef into something exquisite.Piedmont’s most famous white and red wines include: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Gavi and Asti Spumante.
´The fuel of the people´ - This Spanish cold soup (although you must never say in Spain that Gazpacho is a cold soup!) is a refreshing, energetic and healthy drink made of fresh tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, olive oil, Jerez vinegar, salt and water. Some people also add other vegetables: carrots, pepper or even some bread. Its origins are in Andalusia but nowadays is possible to find it in most of the supermarkets around the world. Cycling along EuroVelo 8, stop along the route and try a home made fresh gazpacho andaluz. Photo credit: Ignacio Palomo Duarte (flickr)
El Bulli, Spain
Run by the famous international cheff Ferran Adria, this creativity center was opened in 2014. The site, associated with molecular gastronomy became an international reference when was awarded with three Michelin stars. Spain became in the last 20 year as a reference in terms of gastronomy leadership. Enjoy the visit to Catalunya to enjoy the local food. Visiting by bike, it will be easy for you to reach great local restaurants and bars!
Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, Italy
Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are two finest cheeses, and Mantua - where they are considered a tradition - is the only Italian province that produces both of them: Parmigiano Reggiano South of Po river, while Grana Padano North of Po river. In 2006 there were 22 dairies producing Grana Padano and 25 producing Parmigiano Reggiano: they processed almost 600 millions kg milk. This means dairying is very important for local economy.Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are also central ingredients in Mantua cookery; still, they are extremely appreciated by gourmets, who can recognize the flavour of each of them.A centuries-old tradition gave those cheeses round a precise size and weight - this last one is about 35 kg. Still, the more they mature, the better they may taste. You can grate them over pasta or soup to enrich its flavour. But you might also finish your meal with a small piece of Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano and mostarda - a typical kind of sauce made of pickled candied fruit in a spicy syrup
Lemon of Menton, France
One of the symbols of the region, Menton lemons differ slightly from their Italian, Spanish or Corsican cousins. Every year a lemon festival is held in honour of the special fruit. To protect this local botanical heritage, specimens of the lemon tree are kept within the citrus collection of the garden of Carnoles Palace. Copyright Flickr alasar
Mediterranean cuisine, Slovenia
The attractiveness of the Slovene seaside, this northernmost end of the Mediterranean, was sung of by many poets, inspired by the Istrian hills, the sea, the salt-pans, the karst and its stone-house villages...The coast, with its abundant vegetation, offers a wealth of culinary experiences, with fresh herbs and fish specialties. In the Istrian culinary tradition the meals are most often cooked and less often fried. Key ingredients include indigenous, locally grown vegetables, herbs and spices. These are mostly mild in taste, but chefs often use the varieties that grow in the wild. Istrian cuisine is characterized by fish and poultry dishes. The most important ingredients are without a doubt the local olive oil and wine. Oil, wine and sea salt produced on the Slovenian coast are world renown products today. Copyright TIC Portorož
Like much of the Mediterranean, Spain is synonymous with sunny beaches, good food and the outdoor lifestyle. Tarifa, the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, marks the point at which the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here, two continents sit within sight of each other. The mere 14 kilometre gap that separates Spain and Morocco has been a major cultural crossroads. Modern Spanish culture is infused with its Moorish heritage and there are many architectural treasures that bear witness to its diverse history.
The south of France is influenced par the Mediterranean culture. Its iconic landscapes have been shaped by its inhabitants over several generations. From the salt marshes to lavender fields, the traditional and ancestral methods are still used to preserve the quality of the regional products. Cycling through the Mediterranean region is a real awakening of the senses. Come taste the authentic cuisine which will revive your taste buds, observe the unique landscapes like the Camargue, where the sea merges with the sky and come breath the air and scents of the Provence... From the Côte d'Azur, renown for its splendor and its 'Belle Epoque' architecture, to the oriental extremity where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, passing by the Languedoc and its great vineyards, you will experience an exciting adventure. Open your ears and listen to soft accent of the 'Midi', to share unforgettable experiences.
Crossing this micro-state is no major sporting feat but the hilly winding streets make sure that it’s counted. With a total area of just over 2 square kilometres, you will have seen most of it just by entering it. Famous for its Monte Carlo Casino and its Formula 1 Gran Prix, it is also the state with the highest per capita GDP as well as the highest population density.
Italy is emblematic of the Mediterranean. Its long arm juts out into the sea towards the African continent. The Romans brought together the whole region and put their capital at the centre of their empire. They exported their way of life wherever they went. It shaped not just the history of the region but also the different cultures that can be found throughout it today. This is true as much for its architectural influence as for its culinary and religious influence.
Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. One of the more memorable contrasts in the Slovenian landscape is the proximity of the Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, each offering the visitor a whole palette of regional characteristics. Between its ancient salt works - the northenmost in the Mediterranean- which are home to 150 bird species and its picturesque coastal towns, Slovenia definitely has enough Mediterranean in it to deserve its spot on EuroVelo 8.
The route takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Croatian Mediterranean coast and hinterland. You will be met by a rich cultural and historical heritage that dates from early ages and enjoy the natural beauties. The route passes through a series of larger and smaller towns and villages in which you will get to know and be able to enjoy the traditional way of life, which was kept for centuries. The route connects the location which has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and don’t forget about blue sea and a sunny sky.
Although the coastal region of Neum is surrounded by Croatian peninsulas, it is written into international law that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the right of passage to the outer sea, and now to the EuroVelo network too! The closed bay is protected from strong winds and makes for wonderfully calm conditions both in the water and out of it. As such it’s the perfect place for calm-water activities and is a hot spot for Scuba-diving, parasailing, boating and jet skiing.
In the Mediterranean, there is simply no mountain landscape comparable to Montenegro. Now it is more and more accessible to cyclists too, with some 3,000 km of on- and off- road biking trails mapped out for you to discover. EuroVelo 8 will pass by the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site, on the way around the Adriatic coast to Podgorica, the capital. The route is currently not realised.
The Albanian coast is characterised by fresh mountain air mixing with the warm sea breeze. The climatic diversity of the country is matched by its biological diversity and its forests are home to a wide range of mammals, including wolves, bears, wild boars and chamois. While the lynx, wildcats, pine martens and polecats are rarer, they can also be spotted in the landscape.
Entering Greece from Epirous Region borders with legendary Ionian sea where dolphins and fishermans share the clear blue waters, from Igoumenitsa, to Sivota, Parga and Preveza to historical villages like Zalogo, Souli and Zagori. Cycling south to West Greece Region from Astakos and Vonitsa till National Park of Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons, of lower flow, of Acheloos and Evinos rivers delta and of Echinades islands till you finally cross Antirrio-Rio bridge to enter Peloponesse biggest city Patras, where one of the biggest carnival purely of Italian origin started approximately 180 years ago. Cycling by the sea from Xylokastro and Ancient Sykyon to Kiato towards Korinthos and Loutraki, a coastal town internationally known for its thermal springs. Along the coast from Megara to Eleusina and the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the most famous religious events of the ancient Greek religion, entering Attica Region with UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the medieval Daphni Monaster to the Acropolis of Athens. The route is currently not realised.
The easternmost part of EuroVelo 8 is on the island of Cyprus. Cyprus is a compact island with an incredible variety of scenery within short distances, making it a delight to cyclists. The route loops around the island and goes through some of the most interesting parts of Cyprus, from mountainous villages where the old ways of life, customs and traditions can be observed, to bustling cities and tourist resorts with coastal views over pristine beaches. With the island situated at the crossroads of three continents, cyclists can ride not only through various landscapes, but also through 10.000 years of history and civilisation: prehistoric settlements, classical Greek temples, Roman theatres and villas, early Christian basilicas, Gothic cathedrals, Venetian fortifications, Moslem mosques and British colonial-style buildings.