Exercising while on holiday doesn’t have to be a chore, especially when you’ve chosen to take your annual break somewhere as rugged as Cyprus. Exploring the rocky outcrops, craggy coastline and the dips between the peaks of this incredible island can be exceedingly satisfying, even by foot. But for a true exploratory experience, nothing beats skimming across the countryside on two wheels.
There are plenty of places to get hold of a bicycle for the duration of your stay, so don’t worry about dragging your own to the airport and trying to get it on your flight to Cyprus. That’s just hassle. Hire is generally the best option as there are plenty of trusted companies that offer just this service.
It’s worth deciding what you want before you go into the shop though, just so that you know what you’re talking about. If you’re planning a full-on cross-country experience through hills, forests and fields, it’s worth getting hold of something with full suspension and capable disc and rim brakes. For a quiet and serene trip along some of Cyprus’s roads, some of the add-ons may not be necessary. If you are struggling to work out what you want, however, staff will generally be happy to make recommendations. Good hire companies include Cycle In Cyprus in Kalavasos and Zephyros Adventure Sports in Paphos.
Once you’ve got your kit sorted, the only question is: where to go? Cyprus has a huge amount of natural beauty so wherever you go, there’s always plenty to watch if you keep your eyes and ears open. Wildlife, orchids, sweeping views – it’s all there.
However, if you’re looking for a fixed route, the Cape Greco Tour is the obvious choice for experienced riders. This varied mountain range path takes you all across the eponymous region and to some of the most stunning sights of the National Forest Park of Kavo Gkreko. At 12 km, though, it’s not likely to take you too long to complete.
A more mammoth tour is the trek through the Kyparissia and Akapnou forests, with a stop-off for refreshments in the village of Kelliaki. Featuring a highly technical downhill section and a visually gorgeous return trip along the Limassol seafront, this journey weighs in at a whopping 70 km.
If you’d prefer something a little less imposing, the White Cliff tour takes bikers on a varied route across many terrains and can be 36 km, 40 km or 55 km depending on whether the stop-off in Kala Dam is taken. The trek starts and finishes at the Governor’s Beach, which contains a number of taverns where you can grab a well-deserved bite to eat after spinning your way across Cyprus.
Other tours to check out are the Tripple Single Track, the Orange Valley and the Three Lake Tour. The time you can expect to spend cycling varies from around three hours to a whopping eight hours for the Kionia Tour. But perhaps the most rewarding routes are the ones that you seek out yourself. Cyprus offers plenty of opportunity for this, so why not give it a try?
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