Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday
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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.
7 Reviews of Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2019 by Sarah FinnThe cycle rides were lovely. We cycled through beautiful countryside and enjoyed wonderful views. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by Birgit HartnellThe different cycle day trips gave us different and varied views of that part of the island that are very memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by Ana KrolAll the rides were memorable and great! But those close to the sea were even better! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by Emma ParryWe 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... We'd definitely go back! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2018 by Ray MitchellWe enjoyed every day. Highlights include the gorge, the ride down to Latchi in the afternoon of the second day, the relaxing rides along the coastline and the beautiful scenery and sun. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by Jonathan WestHiking through the Akamas gorge and encountering wild mountain goats en route. Truly a sight to behold. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by Coral MorganCycling through a forest with a view of mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. Read full review
PlanetOur 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.
PeopleAccommodation 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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