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Cycling in Cyprus

Cyprus is criss-crossed with loads of tracks you'll enjoy exploring by bike. And no need to worry - you can ride wherever you want

Cyprus is criss-crossed with loads of tracks you'll enjoy exploring by bike.
And no need to worry about rights of way - you can ride wherever you want

On road or off road, Cyprus is a biking paradise

Cyprus is a cycling paradise. On-road or off-road, there’s everything from a gentle ride by the sea to some challenging mountain roads and mile after mile of cross country tracks ideal for mountain bikers.

Spring and Autumn are pretty much ideal for biking in Cyprus. The warm temperatures and sunshine make a bike a great way of getting around or blasting the country tracks on your mountain bike.

Hire a bike in Cyprus or bring your own

There’s plenty of places you can hire bikes in the resort towns of Kato Paphos and Coral Bay, plus some more specialist organisations hiring out the highest tech mountain bikes.

Alternatively, bring your own bike. Most airlines will accept bikes if pre-booked. Allow a bit of extra time for check in, bikes usually need to be treated as large items. The easiest way for your bike to travel is in a bike box. Get one from your local cycle shop, remove the wheels, deflate the tyres a bit and your bike’s ready to fly.

Be sensible - and have a great time

There’s no rules in Cyprus about wearing a helmet, but common sense says if you’re going out on the trails, you wear a good helmet. Always.

When out riding, take plenty of liquid with you. Cyprus is hot and sunny so its easy to become dehydrated much faster than you’d think. A Camelbak or similar is the easy way of carrying a fair amount of liquid to keep you refreshed.

Sun protection cream is a good idea – the blue skies can lead to sunburn very quickly – especially in the clear mountain air.

If you’re going off road, take a mobile phone in case anything goes amiss. Cyprus is well served, even in remote areas, with good mobile reception. If you’re a white knuckle biker, check your travel insurance includes cycling accidents.

Also beware of the maps – they’re probably best thought of an indication rather than a fact. You’ll discover the countryside is criss-crossed with loads of farm tracks, most of which aren’t marked on maps. There isn’t any concept of ‘rights of way’ in Cyprus – so with common courtesy you can ride pretty much wherever you want. If you come across fenced areas, its best to stay out, but they’re rare.

Finally, whilst theft is a much smaller problem in Cyprus in comparison with the UK, it still makes sense to lock your bike if you leave it. You don’t want a long walk home…

A villa with a private pool is the ideal base for a biking holiday in Cyprus

A villa holiday is an ideal way to enjoy cycling in Cyprus. Spend your days riding, then enjoy a barbecue in the garden swapping stories of the downhills you’ve blasted.