Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cyprus self-guided cycling holiday

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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