Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday

“Pedal power is the perfect way to discover unspoiled Cyprus – this self-guided tour makes that easy, with bikes, GPS units and luggage transfers included.”

Highlights

Quality bikes | route cards and routes loaded onto bike’s GPS unit | hotel accommodation | all breakfasts | fly to Paphos or Larnaca | transfers included from Paphos, additional cost from Larnaca | mix of terrain | rides of no more than 30km | explore pretty villages and quite coastal route | spectacular views | great local food and wine

Description of Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday

The quiet, unspoiled Cyprus is waiting to be discovered on this self-guided cycling holiday. Pedal away from the busy tourist hotspots and find traditional villages perched on hills where warm and friendly local people make a living tending their fields, serving hearty homemade food in small tavernas and coffee shops and picking the fresh produce grown here – almonds, olives, peaches, apricots and avocados.

Cyprus’ beaches fill with tourists during the summer, but cycling takes you to quiet harbours and to its unspoiled heart, where nature thrives and life remains largely unchanged. The northwest of Southern Cyprus is really quiet, and an ideal location for cycling and also walking. Pedal along deserted roads and quiet tracks where you’re more likely to meet a goat or maybe a mouflon, one of Cyprus’s indigenous wild sheep, than you are another tourist.

This is a self guided cycling holiday, but to help you find and follow the trails, we load routes onto a GPS unit on your bike. You’ll also be equipped with route cards which detail the distance to cover each day and include an elevation profile, so you can plan your day. If you get stuck, we are always on hand to help – just call or send a text. Each route is safe and carefully planned so you see all the highlights of this lovely corner of the island.

You can take this cycling holiday at any time of the year, although it’s best to avoid the very hot months of high summer if possible. We can also tailor this holiday to your needs, making it shorter or longer, or combining it with other activities such as walking, yoga, horse riding or water sports. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis in scenic hotels and your luggage is transferred for you, so you can cycle with just a daypack. You can fly to Paphos or Larnaca. Transfers are included from Paphos, but there is an additional cost for transfers from Larnaca due to the distance.

There is so much to enjoy alongside the cycling. Tuck into traditional food including the famous Cyprus sampling meze, enjoy the excellent local wine and stop off at a winery, to learn about how it’s made, after cycling past numerous vineyards. There are small local museums and village coffee shops to pop into, as well, or just take time to soak up the beautiful scenery, from rugged coast lapped by brilliant blue sea, to Alpine forest.

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

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Environment

Our self-guided cycling trip through rural north west Cyprus offers a zero carbon form of transport using gravel trails and quiet country backroads where you rarely see any vehicles. The only time we turn the car engine on is to transport you from the airport and to transfer your luggage between hotels.

We encourage you to look out for the shy but magnificent Cyprus moufflon,, indigenous to the island and protected from hunters and also to respect any snakes you encounter. There are seven species of snake in Cyprus and while three are poisonous, the only one you need to be wary of is the viper, should you be unfortunate to stand on one or disturb it inadvertently. Snakes pose no danger to cyclists, but sadly many vipers are killed by locals, especially during spring when the first shoots of the caper bush emerge and locals set out to pick the young shoots for pickling. Vipers like to nest beneath the thorny caper bush and so fall victim to caper leaf gatherers. The viper itself is a beautiful creature and moves quiet slowly, unlike other snake species in Cyprus, so if we see one, we just give it a wide berth, admire it and cycle on by.

Water is a precious commodity on our island as, while we have desalination units across the island, natural rainfall is a far more environmental way to acquire water. We believe in saving water wherever possible and provide refillable water bottles to all our guests so there is no plastic waste.

Community

Accommodation is in small family run hotels in mountain and coastal villages in the Polis Chrysochous area. Supporting small hotels rather than big hotel chains ensures our local colleagues can sustain their livelihoods. We recommend village tavernas for evening meals. Some of these tavernas have been in business for over 30 years offering traditional home-cooked food that is not available in tourist restaurants on the coast.

Our route guide information cards give a variety of suggestions for lunch stops including village coffee shops, traditional museums and even a winery set in a rural location with magnificent views. We regularly support all these places ourselves and each time a guest makes a purchase, the village benefits.

Optional additional activities can be arranged through our local partners including watersports, horse riding, yoga classes and, for those in need of some bodily rejuvenation after a day in the saddle, a relaxing massage where you can choose from a traditional Swedish massage, an aromatherapy experience or even a Thai massage.

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Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We loved exploring three different areas of northwest Cyprus. We had a different route for each day's ride, so whether it was exploring the mountains and valleys, or hugging the rugged coastline along the Akamas peninsula, each ride gave us plenty of stunning views to enjoy. Seeing almond trees in blossom as well as orange and lemon groves added to the beauty of the area. We also gained an insight into the island's history when cycling through deserted villages, a legacy of the 1974 invasion. The Akamas ridge was truly spectacular and very rewarding, with stunning views of both Lara Bay on one side of the peninsular and the turquoise waters of the blue lagoons on right. We had some pretty special picnics too - nothing beats finding the perfect spot to eat delicious bread, cheese, tomatoes and ultra fresh oranges when you've done come hard cycling. For extra energy, buy the local peanut brittle bars, they were extremely yummy!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for all weather conditions. We took panniers, which were a god-send as we could pack all our wet-weather gear, as well as suntan lotion (we needed both!). This also gave us room for taking picnic food, as well as snacks and extra water, for the days when we wouldn't be cycling through any villages. That said, we arrived in mid February, so not all the tavernas were open in the mountain villages; sometimes eating at the hotel was the only option.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We really enjoyed staying in Lysos, in a little apartment close to the main part of the village. This meant eating our evening meals in the local taverna (simple but excellent food) and had having breakfast at the coffee shop, where the owner offered us a delicious traditional breakfast consisting of Cypriot yoghurt, nuts and honey followed by freshly grilled hallumi, tomatoes, cucumber & olives - and good strong coffee! On the days our route took us through villages, we made the most of stopping at a coffee shop and sometimes had the chance to chat to the owner (who quite often they spoke excellent English, having left Cyprus after 1974 and then returning back to their village years later). So by eating locally where we could, I hope this helped benefit the local communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The organisation was superb. Helen and Alastair had thought of everything, with route maps on the Garmin, plus back up instructions on laminated crib sheets. Their local knowledge was also excellent and they couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly. The cycling was terrific, the countryside beautiful and the Cypriots charming - we'd definitely go back!

Read the operator's response here:

We're so pleased you loved your self-guided cycling holiday in beautiful, rural northwest Cyprus. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and Bryn and share our passion for the great outdoors and our intimate knowledge of the local area. You certainly experienced a typical week in February with rain one minute followed by brilliant sunshine the next, but as you said, the stunning vista of almond trees in full bloom alongside an array of citrus trees dripping with fruit, makes a sunshine rain shower just part of the experience. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback.

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hiking through the Akamas gorge and encountering wild mountain goats en route. Truly a sight to behold.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Absolutely do it! The mountain biking was fantastic. You are provided with all the equipment you need. Fantastic first mountain biking holiday - will definitely be doing it again.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, living in small villages gives you the chance to visit some of the small tavernas and contribute to the local economy (as well as tasting some wonderful Cypriot food)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

So pleased you enjoyed discovering beautiful northwestern Cyprus by choosing a self-guided biking trip with an add-on self-guided hiking day. It was a pleasure to meet you and share our knowledge of the island with you. Hope to see you again one day.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling through a forest with a view of mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited the local people by bring in business. Saving wildlife from getting squashed on the dirt tracks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Very relaxing, stress free, well organized and well thought out cycle routes.

Read the operator's response here:

We're so pleased you enjoyed your self-guided cycling trip in Cyprus and that you were blessed with plenty of warm sunshine during your trip. Thank you for your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we hope to perhaps meet again if we manage to travel to Norway one day.

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