Is Stalida good for cycling?
Stalida is situated between the coast and a vertical rocky mountain. For every bike ride you have to ride first some kilometers direction east, west or climb 400 meters until you reach Mochos village (south). This section from Stalida to Mochos (uphill or downhill) with panoramic breathtaking views is one of our favorite in Crete and we use it for several of our bike tours.
You the road cyclists have to ride first some kilometers on the old road EO90 until you start your tour to the Cretan countryside where there is almost no traffic. The old road EO90 has more traffic as you ride direction west to Heraklion. Direction east to Agios Nikolaos the traffic is limited. We avoid riding on the north Cretan high way on which cycling is not allowed.
For the mountain bikers there are no mountain biking routes starting directly from Stalida. You can find many off road trails east after Malia and Sissi area or west at Gouves, but you will find a mountain bike paradise after you reach Mochos village at the northern foothills of Dikti Mountains and around Aposelemis Lake.