The cycling island of Kos
Getting out and about on a pedal bike has become the new mode of transport for many Greek island holidaymakers.
And nowhere is more popular than the island of Kos as much of it is fairly flat, especially in the island's northern coastal plain.
Special cycle lanes have been created in Kos Town and between the east coast beach resorts and along the north coast to the holiday centres of Tingaki and Mamari.
As cycling on Kos has grown in popularity any number of bike rental outfits have sprung up to cater for the demand and its not unusual to see whole families out on a holiday jaunt to the beach.
Cycling is a great way to discover the island, either through leisurely ambles along the urban network of cycle paths to the north and south of Kos Town or on more rigorous hill climbs into the centre of Kos island on mountain bike trails and through the extensive woods.
Holiday visitors can rent a bike for a few euros a day from any of the dozens of hire places found in Kos Town or in various resorts.
Many hotels now offer cycle rent as part of their holiday package deals as they cash in on the popular pastime.
Bikes to rent vary from the simple sit-up-and-beg old fashioned push bikes to smart racing speed cycles and rugged mountain trail bikes.
Well maintained bike trails can be found all over the island of Kos but the urban cycle lanes of Kos town and the cycle paths along the north and east coasts are the most well used.
One of the most scenic routes for family rides out is along the east cost south of kos Town to the beach at Thermi, passing though the beach resort of Psalidi and Agios Fokas.
Another very popular cycle route is the 23km round trip from Kos Town to Tingaki then up to the inland village of Zipari and back down to the start.
Other avoid the climb by sticking to the coastal bike path in both directions between Kos Town and Tigaki Beach.
What with the growth in concern about the environment and the drive for healthier lifestyle choices, cycling has grown rapidly in Kos.
It now has an established reputation as a 'cycling island' so there is really no reason no to try even if you are not a bicycle fan.
In fact, Kos and a long history and interesting history of cycling as it was a popular venue for cycle races, particularly during its years of Italian occupation, one of the reasons it now has such an extensive cycling path network.
But it's not just the health benefits that tempt holiday visitors to get in the saddle. It's an excellent way to discover the delights of the whole island, from the archaeological sites of ancient Kos to the traditional hill villages that dot the mountains.
Many holiday visitors opt for one of the many organised island cycle tours that take is some of the best sites and attractions on the island.
There are excursion routes for all cycling levels, from beginners to experienced riders with an experienced guide to lead the way and point ot some of the best sights.