Watchtowers Cycling Tour I

Watchtowers Cycling Tour I

About the Experience

Easy Biking Tour
Duration: 2,5 Hours
Distance: 11,5 km
Elevation Gain: 200 m
Professional bike guides of high specialization, MIAS Leaders

At a Glance

Discover one of the currently best-preserved defensive networks in the Mediterranean. Get the chance to see the tower (vigla) in Mesta from close range and experience when pirates and aspirant conquerors approached the island.

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Discover one of the currently best-preserved defensive networks in the Mediterranean. Get the chance to see the tower (vigla) in Mesta from close range and experience when pirates and aspirant conquerors approached the island. The adventure starts from Mesta village in which you pedal on dirt roads going through pine trees and mastiha cultivations.

Highlights

  • Find out about the glorious Time of Genoese domination
  • See the “vigla” in Mesta from close, a Medieval observatory perfectly renovated
  • Become the “vigla” Master yourself and see the pirate ships and galleys approaching
  • Discover the coastal observatory network through which messages were sent until the mid 18th century
  • Enjoy a leisure tour by bike, the most eco – friendly means of transport, in nature
  • Cycle while gazing the immense blue Aegean Sea

Full Description

Cycling is the ideal way to learn about the medieval castle-villages of Southern Chios, their history and local culture while coming into contact with the breathtaking Nature of this region.

You start your leisure ride from Mesta village, one of the most impressive castle – villages in Chios. You cycle mainly on dirt roads and pass by captivating, alternative landscapes. Discover the prominent coastal observatory network whose constructive purpose was to relay messages across and constituted a vital part of the general defensive system, built by Genoese.

Live to see the magic world of the knights and the Lords of the Genoese Empire and become the modern Vigla Master responsible for protecting the area from aspirant conquerors. We assure you that within 2,5 hours you will gain knowledge about history, culture, and life on this amazing island throughout the years. Under no circumstances should you miss this experience.

Included

  • Mountain bike- Cube Analog/Aim suitable for your size and height
  • EC Certified bike helmet
  • Bottle of water
  • A variety of light nutritious snacks (Chian pasteli)
  • Individualized guidance/instructions
  • Possibility of learning mountain biking skills
  • Snapshots with an action camera
  • Liability insurance
  • Taxes, VAT

Know before you go

Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Padded cycling underwear or shorts is also recommended. It is advisable that you have spare clothes in case you sweat.

Starting Point

The central square of Mesta village

A/A Price / Person Total Price
1 150 150
2 85 170
3 66 198
4 55 220
5 55 275
6 55 330
7 55 385
8 55 440

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