I started riding bikes at a young age. Got my first mountain bike at the age of 16 and never stopped jumping it, riding it and drifting it around. I raced DH for the first time in 2006 with only 15 riders competing, I am lucky enough to witness the success of the sport in Greece and witness it growing while still trying to climb in the top step of the podium.
I love all aspects of mountain biking and I can enjoy a fast downhill run in a track, a long enduro ride in the mountains, a train with friends in the dirt jumps and a start gate in a 4X race.
My family owns a butcher shop in Athens.
I am also working as a journalist in MBike magazine and teach kids how to ride their bikes.
- 2010: 1st place Aigaleo DH, 1st place Greek National 4X Champion
- 2011: 1st place Greek National 4X Champion
- 2012: 2nd place Greek National BMX Championship
- 2013: 1st place Greek National 4X Champion , 1st place Greek National BMX Champion , 5th place overall Greek DH cup
- 2014: 1st place Greek National 4X Champion, 1st place Greek National BMX Champion, 1st place Enduro Mediterraneo cup HT category
Ride my mountain bikes as much as I can, inspire and introduce young riders to the sport, receive more boosts of excitement out of riding and visit great locations!
I believe that the most difficult thing in downhill is to know your limits and why do you want to ride, if you lose the fun factor it becomes an endless run between trees, rocks and jumps that want to hit you hard! Know yourself and train according to your needs, trying to always have fun.
The unique connection you have with your bike, the nature elements that offer you endless situations to enjoy riding, big jumps and dusty corners.
I used to practice in a small forest out of my house door when I was a kid. I also remember myself trying to bunnyhop as many bricks possible and hucking stairs everywhere. I am now enjoying riding with friends and trying new things with great company.
I try not to feel nervous in the start of any race. Being nervous is no good, you have to know your moves before every finals run. Every f**** move!
I can’t favor anyone more because I have experienced great support from many people. I am grateful of this support and I just owe a big THANKS to my sponsors for all those amazing years of racing and riding and to my closest friends and relatives.
You will not live a thousand years…Do what you want to do now.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 5-6 nautical miles
Route type: Bidirectional
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Kardamili or Stoupa (Depending on the wind direction)
Participants should have with them:
- Bottle of water
- Sun cream (during summer months)
- Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes
The price ncludes:
- Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket.
- Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float.
- Snorkeling equipment (goggles and respirators)
- BCU trained and certified guides
- Sea Kayak course.
- Tour planning – Sightseeing
- Picnic with fruits and Traditional delicacies
- Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary)
- Photographs from the activity
- Liability insurance
- All taxes
Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties. There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Explore Messinia reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants.
Period of operation: Year round * except river trekking in Neda (day 4 available from June to September).
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Rafting, Sea Kayak, River Trekking, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Flying Fox, Archery.
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 4.
Minimum age: 8 y/o *except river trekking in Neda, minimum age 12 y/o.
Price: You could choose activities you prefer from this package. Send us your request and let us know which activity you want to do and how many days so as to set the price
Peloponnese is among the top mainland destinations in Greece for those who want to follow an off-the-beaten-path activities tour. Vast gorges, crystal clear rivers, sandy beaches, azure waters, excellent dive sites and rugged mountains as well as Venetian fortresses, classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine churches and historical legends.
Our journey consists of some of the best activity and historical sites in Arkadia (Central Peloponnese) and Messinia regions (South Peloponnese), starting from Ancient Gortys.
Pick up from Athens or Kalamata airport to Dimitsana.
Dimitsana is one of the most beautiful mountainous villages in Arkadia. Built on a mountain slope of 950m high, Dimitsana is a stone built village with remarkable traditional houses and rich history. We get settled in the hotel and have the rest of the day off to get to know each other, go sightseeing, eat great food and prepare for the next day.
Hiking Tour– Flying Fox – Archery: 4 hours
Our destination is Ancient Gortys. We arrive with our mini bus to the New Philosopher’s Monastery, where the hiking begins. We visit the old monastery of Philosophos which was built in 1661 on the west side of Loussios gorge and is widely known as a“Secret School”. We then continue our hike until the famous Prodromos Monastery. The view over the Loussios gorge is unique.
We end our hike in ancient Gortys where we see the remains of the Temple of Asclepius and the ancient road that Spartan athletes used to follow so as to reach ancient Olympia for the Olympic Games.
After enjoying a delicious snack, we continue with archery and flying fox over the Loussios river.
River Rafting in Loussios and Alfios rivers : 3 hours
The perfect way to discover the river where the nymphs used to bathe Zeus and explore its dense vegetation and crystal clear waters is rafting. Our experienced guides will take you through both Loussios and Alfios Rivers and initiate you in the secrets of rafting while you’ll be enjoying this amazing paradise on earth!
The river run is suitable for all skill levels and lasts for 2 hours. At the end of the activity, we enjoy a full Greek lunch by the river with wine, fresh salad and a special main dish cooked and served by our friends in the rafting base.
River Trekking in Neda (summer season only from June to September): 4 hours (from Arcadia to Messinia, Temple of Apollon)
Neda river lies on the borders of the Ilia and Messinia region and is the only river in Greece with a feminine name. Driving from the Arcadia region to the Messinia region before we reach Neda river we make a stop at the stunning Temple of Apollo Epicurius or the Parthenon of Peloponnese.
Arriving at the spot where our river trek starts, the breathtaking scenery will definitely amaze you. As we trek through the river gorge, we pass through narrow cliff openings no more than 1.5m wide at some points where we have to swim crossing stone bridges and underwater caves until we reach the spectacular Neda waterfalls.
Sea Kayaking – Hiking Kardamili in Mani Messinia: 5-6 hours with breaks
Once we arrive at our activity base, we get our kayaks and begin to enjoy an excursion at the foot of mount Taygetos where each little cove hides a special surprise. Hidden caves, cliffs with spectacular formations and unique beaches such as the well hidden beach of Foneas with the white pebbles or the beach of Kalogria with fine golden sand and turquoise waters.
The beach of Kalogria is also known as the beach of Zorbas, as this was the place where writer Nikos Kazantzakis met his hero of his book, Zorba the Greek. Halfway we make a stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with local traditional delicacies.
Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called ‘’royal road’’, connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way, we walk through the narrow streets of traditional villages as we learn about their history.
A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us an additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees.
Scuba Diving Kardamili in Mani Messinia. DSD Course for beginners or an Exciting Dive for Certified divers: 3 hours
What a great way to Discover Scuba Diving (also called DSD ). This is an application of recreational diving in which an un-certified diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Arriving at Kalogria beach we set foot on the diving center where we prepare ourselves for a dive.
The dive site has an amazing sandy bottom with crystal clear visibility and offers many surprises to explore such as grass lands, caverns and rocky reefs. The area is also characterized by fresh water springs which emerge from underground caverns into the sea-floor.
If you are a certified diver, we can schedule an exciting dive from the shore or boat.
Messinia to Athens Airport or Kalamata Airport
What is Included in the price:
- Car transportation – fuel- tolls.
- Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights*.
- Certified guide throughout the 7 day activities.
- All the necessary equipment.
- Photos from the activities.
- Liability Insurance.
*We can also arrange for you to stay in 4-5 star hotels. In this case, price varies depending on the season and the hotel.
What to bring with you:
- Comfortable clothes.
- Swim suites (at least 2 pairs).
- Sun glasses / sun screen / hat.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
The schedule of the tour, may change in case of bad weather conditions.
Meet your Guide:
- Padi Scuba Diving Instructor.
- Rafting Guide.
- River Trekking / Hiking Guide.
- Sea Kayak guide.
Antonis is into action sports since a very young age. Despite living in the city, he has never been a city boy. He studied Electrical Engineering; however, his real passion is nature and outdoor activities. Everything started when he first got his feet on a snowboard. From that moment on, he couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and leave the city.
Traveling is also a big passion for Antonis. While travelling in South East Asia, he got interested in scuba diving and guess what! He is a PADI scuba instructor now. The element of water is everywhere in his life. Since 2005 he is a Rafting, River Trekking, Hiking guide but even that, it was not enough!
Sea Kayaking was coming his way, so he did that too and now he is a 3 star BCU (British Canoeing Union) paddler. But that’s not all. He has tried everything from surfing to sailing, windsurfing to climbing and even babysitting !!!
- Positive energy.
- Good looks.
- He gets really really, REALLY enthusiastic once in the outdoors.
More facts: Studied Electrical Engineering in Greece and took his Masters degree in London U.K. Works as an engineer since 2002. During the winter season, he goes snowboarding and at least once a year he travels somewhere far away from home.
What else… his friends call him little Antony because they say he will never grow up. Want to meet him? E-mail us for more info on the amazing South Peloponnese Adventure Tour!