Biking and Walking

Biking and Walking in Cyprus is so exciting because of its varied terrain and excellent weather.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Forestry Department have created over 70 paths and trails all over the island. The paths cover areas rich in vegetation and of cultural interest. Most trails are circular routes and have been devised so that all age groups can enjoy them. You can cycle all year round but it is best to avoid major roads during the summer when tourist traffic is at its heaviest.

For comprehensive brochures on walking and cycling which outline the major trails on the island, contact:
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation. 17 Hanover Street, London W1R OAA, tel: 020 7569 8800, fax: 020 7499 4935.

For more information on guided tours and events, contact:
The Cyprus Cycling Federation. PO Box 24572, CY 1301 Nicosia, tel: 00357 (02) 663344

Cyprus Mountain Bike Association. tel: 00357 (02) 356174 who organise local and international races.

Some examples of the cycling routes appear below:

Cycling routes: Akamas

1) Baths of Aphrodite (near Polis) to Fontana Amorosa 7km.
According to legend, Aphrodite used to bathe in this pool at a natural grotto.
As you cycle from the source to the spring at Fontana Amorosa, you encounter fabulous views.

2) Neochorio (west of Polis) to Pyrgos and back 16km.
Again, spectacular views as you ride back and forth.

3) Ayios Yeorgios to Lara and Ayios Konon 18.5km.
Plenty of smaller routes and tracks, especially around Lara, if you want to go off the beaten track.

Cycling routes: Pathos

1) Paphos to Yeroskipou/Timi Beach/Paphos 24km.
A wonderful trail that takes you past the CTO public beach at Yeroskipou through Timi eucalyptus forest and on to the picnic area near Paphos airport.

2) Paphos to Yeroskipou/Tsada/Paphos 27km.
This takes you to the Monastery of Stavros tis Minthas, past the Golf course and back to Paphos. Again, spectacular views as you ride back and forth.

Cycling routes: Troodos

1) Troodos to Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis and back 36km.
A difficult route that starts easily with a descent to the monastery of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis and then climbs steadily past the chromium quarry back to Troodos Square. Superb scenery.

2) Troodos to Psilo Dendro-Kalidonia and back 18km.
An easy route apart from the steep hill at the end, this winds down to the Psilo Dendro area, then up past the Kalidonia waterfalls, back to Troodos Square. Wonderful views.

Some examples of the walking routes appear below:

Walking Routes: Akamas

The Akamas Peninsular is on the west of the island. It is said that the Greek hero Akamas, son of Theseus, came to Cyprus after the Trojan war and founded Akamantis. Aphrodite and Adonis also used to meet here.
Now famous for its incomparable natural beauty, the peninsular has an impressive variety of flora and fauna and is perfect for walking, cycling, swimming, bird-watching and diving.

1) The Aphrodite Trail 7.5km, 3 hours
From the Baths of Aphrodite, up to Pyrgos tis Rigainas hill (the castle of Regina), known as Moutti tis Sotiras. This hill can be tiring -370m especially in the summer. Along the trail there are great views of Polis and the Paphos Forest.

2) The Adonis Trail - 7.5km, 3 hours
From the Baths of Aphrodite to Pyrgos tis Rigainas and Kefalovrisia. There are lovely views on the western part across the beaches of Akamas such as Lara, Tzioni and Karavopetres.

3) The Smigies Trail - 2.5km, 1 hour or 5km, 2 hours
Starting at Smigies (near Neo Chorio) picnic site to Neo Chorio about 2.5km away. The route takes in views east of Polis Chrysochous Bay, Latchi, Pachyammos and Paphos Forest as well as the beaches of the Akamas to the west.

4) Kathikas Trail - 2km, 1 hour
This route starts 1km from Kathikas and passes a stone built fountain and the chapel at Agia Marina, finishing at Pegeia (Peyia), near the Kyparissos restaurant.

Walking Routes: Troodos

The Troodos Mountains are in the centre of the island. They have an impressive variety of flora and fauna and are perfect for walking, cycling and bird-watching. In summer, they offer a lovely break from the heat and humidity of the coast. In spring they are covered with flowers, some only seen on Cyprus and in Autumn the trees are bright and colourful.

1) The Artemis Trail 7km, 2 hours
Named after the Goddess of the forest, this marked trail circles the upper reaches of Mount Olympus. You will pass through black pine trees and strange mineral formations and look across the plains of Morfou in the Turkish Zone.

2) Atalanti Trail - 12km, 4 hours
This trail takes you to the largest Juniper on the island at 800 years old and gives you an outstanding view of the entire island.

3) Persephone Trail - 3km, 1 hour
This path is rich in vegetation and has a breathtaking view from Makria Kontarka.

4) Kalidonia Trail - 3 km, 1 & hours
Starting near the Presidents residence, you walk along the Kyros Potamos river, past the Kalidonia Falls and end in Pano Platres. You can return to Troodos, taking a furthe 1km and half an hour.

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