This is one of the the most amazing bike tours of Corfu Island. The adventure begins some Km away from “Agios Mathaios” village, with sections onto the main road but also onto narrow countryside roads of south Corfu.
Our stops will sure include the 20.000 years old Paleolithic cave known by the name of “Grava Gardikiou”, which is situated on a hill’s roots just 200m away from the main road. This cave is the oldest of the more than 200 caves on Corfu Island.
The name of this cave derives by the close presence of a Byzantine / Eastern Roman Empire castle, named “Gardiki”, which is considered build in the 13th century. This castle was protecting the far west borders of the Konstantinopoli against Pirates and Italian small states incursions.
In the past, close to “Gardiki” castle, the village “Zygonos” was found but the well known Pirate “Hayreddin Barbarossa Pasha” (1478- 1546 a.D.), that was offering naval services to the Ottoman Empire the whole 16th century, destroyed it. All the sourounding land and its products were destroyed too, while some 20.000 Corfiot citizens were sold as slaves in the far East and North African markets.
More close to the modern era and in the same south area of Corfu, we will have the opportunity to visit the WWI’s military Serbian camp’s spring of 1916 and what’s leftover of the WWII‘s German AA emplacements in the region. We will also have the opportunity to proceed close to the West coast line and through the dense olive tree countryside.
One of our stops, close to “Agios Matheos” village, involves the visit to the 1 out of the best 10 oil of olive production establishment’s in the whole world. It’s oil is world wide known by the name of “The Governor”.
Being lucky in this Bike tour means trying also to visit the “Livados Winery”, just further to the south of these suroundings, before turning back and heading close to our starting point.