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An exquisite Mediterranean island with a complex political history, when you go cycling in Cyprus you might soon find yourself falling under its majestic spell. This nation is largely mountainous in the south west and, as a result, bike rides are seldom flat. Challenging ascents are rewarded with phenomenal views that help power the legs, so press on.

With a human history going back 12,000 years, cycle routes in Cyprus are guaranteed to take you past historic places, tiny mountain villages and stunning monasteries. Ancient ruins sit side by side with olive groves, making bike rides here blissful and beautiful. In addition, cycling is a hugely popular leisure activity and you’ll see plenty of other riders out on the trails. 

Enjoy flat(ish) coastal routes, ascend into the foothills for a stunning overview or head deep up into the mountains. Wherever you go, the magic of Cyprus’ landscape will make itself quickly apparent.

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The lay of the land - Northern Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country but it has been partitioned since 1983, with the north of the island declared the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Recognised only by Turkey, the Republic of Cyprus deems visitors arriving in the state from overseas to have arrived via an illegal port. A UN buffer zone, called the Green Line, separates the two sections of the island.

When planning your cycle routes in Cyprus, it’s possible to cross over the Green Line and explore the north but it’s advisable to check the border situation in advance. North Cyprus has historically seen considerably less tourism and remains significantly less developed than the Republic. Here you’ll find astounding Crusader castles, unspoilt beaches and a variety of stunning trails to pedal along. 

If you want to explore the delights of Northern Cyprus, check with your travel insurance that you’re covered as some exclude the territory. 

From the coast to the mountains

Cycling in Cyprus is most impressive in its incredible southern mountains, forests and rugged coastlines. The terrain is unbelievably varied over its 3,572 square miles (9,251 km2). You’ll find the incredible Troodos Mountains dominating the south and their foothills offer challenging but immensely rewarding routes. 

Bike rides in Cyprus are usually along paved or gravel cycle paths and there’s a wealth of routes to explore. Climb steady switchbacks flanked by vineyards and olive groves, take a rest to enjoy the view and head onwards along mountain trails and past breathtaking ruins. 

You’ll find plenty of routes linking towns with both linear and circular trails all over the island. There’s no better joy than reaching the highest point of your trail and beginning a descent that will end with you dipping your toes in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Warm and dry for much of the year, Cyprus has a hot summer while winter brings rain and occasionally snow to the mountains. Cycling by the sea offers flatter routes with an extraordinary limestone coastline. Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos are all fantastic starting points for coastal rides as well as for heading up into the peaks.

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