Cyprus hike and bike holiday, self-guided

“Feeling fit? This is an active eight day cycling and hiking tour around the mountain villages and Mediterranean landscapes of northern Cyprus. Stretch your legs as you soak up the sensational scenery both on and off the saddle.”

Highlights

Alsancak, Malatya and Ilgaz villages | Coastal cycle rides | Olive trees, vineyards, water mills, and farms | Camlibel, Hisarköy, Akdeniz villages | Güzelyali beach | Lighthouses and rugged volcanic trails | Circular hiking trail from the old mill at Alsancak | Circular hike via the ruined monastery overlooking Karsiyaka village | Tarmac roads and off road cycling trails |

Description of Cyprus hike and bike holiday, self-guided

If you're into hiking and cycling then this active week in northern Cyprus is bound to excite.

Exploring away from the typical tourist trails is essentially what you'll be doing with a variety of cultural and natural highlights providing solid foundations for a range of well chosen routes.

The blend of bike days and hike days allows for an eclectic mix of experiences with remote mountain villages and traditional seaside towns providing plenty of places to rest, relax and take it all in.

This is your opportunity to reach regions of the Kyrenia mountains that are rarely glimpsed where lengthy winding descents lead to secret coves and deserted sandy stretches overlooking the gloriously warm waves of the Mediterranean.

Cycling sections will be mainly on tarmac roads but will also include short off road sections, but nothing too hectic. Hiking trails often involve a steep climb to reach those incredible view points, so make sure you're feeling fit before biting off more than you can comfortably chew.

Northern Cyprus has remained relatively untouched at the hands of mass tourism. Hiking and cycling to ruined monasteries, traditional water mills and past olive groves, vineyards and farms, invites every opportunity to see the region and meet her people, in the most authentic and friendliest way possible.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cyprus hike and bike holiday, self-guided

Environment

Preserving natural and cultural heritage is part of our mission statement. We take seriously the impact that tourism has on the environment. As most of our customers are nature lovers and responsible travellers, we believe that the more people come to enjoy our tours, the more the local community becomes aware of the potential for responsible tourism and learns how to value and protect the environment, culture and traditions for the future.

As part of this package, our agent gives a briefing to our customers which includes environmental advice. In order to protect flora and fauna, we advise customers to keep to the trail so they don’t damage vegetation; to leave only footprints in the nature; never take any rocks, plants, flowers or cuttings; never to get close to animals but make use of binoculars; take picnics (no fire lighting). Our advise regarding waste is not to leave any rubbish behind and dispose of everything in a proper manner. Also as water on the island is so scarce, we advise them to take short showers and when on the hikes to take refillable bottles and not disposable / plastic ones.

We constantly give environmental tips to the hotels. The waste advice is to use refillable shampoo, soap and lotion containers; choose durable goods such as drinking glasses and coffee cups; durable sheets that do not need constant replacing. On the water saving we advise them to put up signs for sheet and towel replacements so that only when the items are on the floor, they need to be replaced. We encourage suppliers to put an emphasis on fresh, local food, to reduce plastic packaging and save energy. We explain the negative impact of cleaning chemicals. On routine visits (e.g. checking up on the condition of the accommodation), we hold short meetings on the standard of cleanliness we expect and on how to make use of alternative cleaning materials that do not damage the environment.

On a day to day basis, in our office, we do not use plastic; scrap paper is used for printing and note taking; envelopes are recycled.

Our team members are heavily involved with Çatalköy‘s Gelistirme ve Kultur Dernegi (CADER) organization, which was the initiator of the north Cyprus children’s conference. This organization won a grant from SAVE (Supporting Activities that Value the Environment) USAID, to implement a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags in the northern part of Cyprus. Children participating in the initiative performed a dance under the sounds of sombre music. They covered themselves in a massive plastic sheet and got tangled up in it. This signified the suffocation of the planet. They played this in several supermarkets to inform the public against the use of plastic bags. Bags for life were distributed.

USAID sponsored a water saving campaign in North Cyprus - Damlaya damlaya yok olur – Drop by drop it disappears. Members of our team distributed leaflets, stuck magnets and sticky durable notes into restaurants, toilets, bars and supermarkets. It was a massive campaign that lasted several months.

We are a member of Kuskor, the north Cyprus society for the protection of birds. We have been supporting this organization since it was founded.

Community

On this tour, the customers are accommodated in the village of Alsancak due to the location of the hikes and the cycle rides. The customers have a choice either to be accommodated in a village guesthouse (family owned and run) or a hotel by the sea. We encourage customers to stay in the former option as our efforts go to support rural tourism. We hope that by being housed in the centre of the village of Alsancak, our clients will make use of local restaurants, bars and mini-markets.

While on the tour, local transportation will be provided to the start of the trail and pickup at the end of each day’s activity. Great care has been taken to complete trails where no transportation is needed (Customers walk into the hotel themselves on one of them and cycle to and from the hotel in another case). Family members get involved and love to help with directions, suggestions and other general info.

Our efforts go to endorsing local events and festivals which promote local culture and help preserve long standing Cypriot traditions. At the same time there is the chance of interaction and communication between the cultures. As part of our customer care, we notify our guests of any events occurring during the period of their stay.

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