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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Responsible tourism: Cyprus self-guided cycling vacation

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 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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