Contains the tracks of the whole stage, including well developed sections but also parts of the route under development or at the planning stage.
Contains only parts of the stage which are either developed, developed with signs or certified – i.e. sections that are ready to cycle.
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With its stunning beaches and natural parks, Izmir Province is known in Türkiye as being the pearl of the Aegean. Indeed the Aegean Sea joins the Mediterranean Sea at the extreme end of the Karaburun Peninsula where the picturesque Sarpıncık Lighthouse is located. The Izmir section of EuroVelo 8 links the ports of Dikili and Çeşme and passes through 18 districts across Izmir Province. The general structure of the route is based on the interconnection of historical sites, ancient settlements and natural and cultural heritage. The route is 495 kilometers long and is ‘bookended’ by two very important ancient cities: Pergamon in the north and Ephesus in the south.

From Athens, you can take the ferry to Ayvalik (40 km from Dikili) via Mitilini Mytilene in Lesvos island. Dikili can then easily by reached by bus. Another alternative is the ferry to Çeşme via the island of Chios.



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Public transport link


  • Natuurlijk Erfgoed
  • UNESCO-werelderfgoed
  • Cultureel Erfgoed
  • Culinaire Hoogstandjes
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center