Cyprus self-guided cycling vacation

“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

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Cyprus self-guided cycling vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

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.

6 Reviews of Cyprus self-guided cycling vacation

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Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by

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


The different cycle day trips gave us different and varied views of that part of the island that are very memorable. Seeing the different vegetation on the road
side, gardens, fields was great to see. The cycle tours were inland and also near the coast, so both landscapes were enjoyable. There was a good balance of
cycling (uphill, downhill, flat) and relaxing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are unsure of your fitness level, contact them directly to ask about the planned tours. They planned the trips themselves and have deep
insight knowledge of the routes. We found using a pannier to carry additional water helpful, and a bike rack can be pre-booked. However rucksack is equally
suitable. If unsure of the time of year to book this vacation, again Helen's and Alistair's advice is beneficial.

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


The hotels we stayed in were run by local people and also used local people for the upkeep. There was always the opportunity to eat in the hotel if required.
The owners/managers were very friendly and welcoming. With regards to recycling, Cyprus is certainly not a leader, therefore it is frustrating when
disposing of rubbish. But this can't be influenced by the tour organiser. However, the water for showers/baths is heated by solar power, so that is having a positive energy impact. Air conditioning was available, but it wasn't required due to time of year and also the build of high ceiling rooms. Additional
transport during the week was not required, everything could be accessed via foot or bike.

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


We would rate this vacation very highly as it was well planned, varied and the location/hotels chosen well. The bikes were certainly suitable for the off road
tracks, the gears operating smoothly, the saddle very comfortable.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much Birgit for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your cycling trip in the beautiful Polis Chrysochous area. We are equally frustrated by the amount of plastic waste and other rubbish in Cyprus although we do now have recycling bins in the main towns, just not in the villages where you stayed. Thankfully the young Cypriots are listening to the climate change alarm bells so things are changing. And the unspoilt routes we use during the trip are thankfully mainly rubbish free.

Thank you for your feedback both here and during the trip. If you return to Cyprus in the future we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by

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


All the rides were memorable and great! But those close to the sea were even better!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To arrive earlier, maybe on April... It was hot!!

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


Of course. We moved only on bikes; didn't use a car for the whole week

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


SUPER!!!!!!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much Ana for your wonderful comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your cycling vacation in Cyprus and made the most of some of our quiet hidden beaches on the coast to cool off during some of the rides. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to welcoming you back to Cyprus if you choose to take the short flight from Israel again.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation 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 25 Apr 2018 by

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


We 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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We had not managed to put many [or even any] miles into our legs before we went on vacation and most of our cycling at home is less steep and on tarmac, so
we found the ascents quite challenging. However, we managed to do the whole route the first couple of days, then the flat mostly road coastal cycling was
fine. We did shorten the last day's route. Helen and Alistair can make the routes flexible to suit your requirements.

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


Yes, the hotels were run by local families and employed local people. The hotel in Latchi had its own fishing boats, so the fish was fresh and local. The areas
of off road countryside were generally litter free, a real delight to the eye!

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


Very good. Helen and Alistair were really informative and helpful. They were able to give us different options for the rides. The bikes were the best we've
had on cycling vacations.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your kind and positive comments. As you know, we can tailor the rides to suit your tastes and fitness level, although inevitably there are some hills that need to be climbed as north west Cyprus has many rolling hills and valleys to explore. The one long sustained climb to get from sea level to the last hotel at 600m above sea level has an uplift option, which you happily took, to allow time to explore the many mountain villages around the last hotel base. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are so happy you enjoyed your self-guided cycling vacation in the warm April sunshine.

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by

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


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

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


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

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation?


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation 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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