by Isabella Perkins
If you’re wanting an active getaway complete with sun, sea and stunning sights, then you can’t go wrong with Cyprus. Alongside this Mediterranean gem’s vast beaches and cultural spots, it has an array of cycle routes that make Cyprus cycling holidays perfect for both adventure seekers and riders content to trundle along at their own pace.
To really make the most of your Cyprus cycling holiday, consider staying in a holiday rental. This’ll give you the option to prepare food in advance before heading out on a big ride, and at the end of a long day’s cycling it’s always nice to put your feet up by a heated pool…
The island’s compact size means it’s not hard to get from one side to the other. Explore Cyprus’ shore-spanning allures and check out some of these routes…
Through Athalassa National Forest Park
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You’ll find this verdant park to the south of the island’s capital, Nicosia, or Lefkosia as it’s also known. A 10-mile cycle route runs through the park, suitable for most abilities, making it popular amongst locals and tourists seeking a bit of fresh air and exercise. Make a delicious picnic from your holiday rental, then stop by the park’s lake and dig into it once you’ve worked up an appetite.
Along Pedieos river
Southeast of Nicosia lies the suburb of Lakatamia. Saddle up, then cycle for five miles along the banks of the Pedieos river, starting in Lakatamia and finishing at the Presidential Palace on the outskirts of the capital. This is an easy, smooth and scenic route that’s perfect for young families looking to discover Cyprus. It takes a little short of two hours to get here from Paphos and Coral Bay, making this a perfect daytrip for anyone staying on the west of the island.
Beside the Limassol coastline
After tranquil sea views? Then try out this cycle route near the city of Limassol. Start at the old port and follow the coast towards the ancient city of Amathus, which is now an archaeological site. The route is paved, making it smooth and suitable for road bikes as well as hybrid and off-road models. Near to the site at Amathus, you’ll find a eucalyptus grove and beach area ideal for a picnic.
From Larnaka to Meneou
Step up your endurance game and cycle from Larnaka to Meneou. This enjoyable 11-mile cycle route starts at Larnaka’s main beach, running south past the city’s castle and popular Mackenzie beach, before joining the airport road and heading to the historic Hala Sultan Tekke mosque. From here the route continues round the airport to Meneou village.
From Paphos to Troodos
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Endurance cyclists might be after something which’ll really get the gears working. This route from Paphos to the small town of Troodos is aimed at proficient riders, and is wholly rewarding if you’re up to the challenge. From Paphos Castle, head southeast along the coast until you reach the village of Mandria. Once you’re there, take the old Lemesos-Paphos road towards the Diarizos Valley. Continue southeast, past Psilo Dendro and towards Troodos.
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Isabella Perkins is a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.
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