Cycling In Cyprus

Cycling In Cyprus Is A Great Experience

If you have never been cycling in Cyprus you really are missing out.

Even if it is only a gentle cycle through the local village or a 30 minute ride along the beach front you really should try it the next time you visit Cyprus.

Please read on for information regarding cycling in Cyprus at any time of the year.

With all year round sunshine Cyprus is an excellent place for cycling. I made the 90 km round trip from Kapparis to Larnaca and back just two weeks before Christmas and the weather was excellent. I set off a little after first light at 6.30 am and took a steady ride out, arriving 3 hours later in Larnaca for a welcome pot of tea at the Meeting Pub on the promenade.

The route from Kapparis to Larnaca was the direct route up to Paralimni, through the villages of Sotira, Liopetri and Xylofagou and onto the Sovereign Army Base at Dhekelia. There are very few hills from Kapparis to Dhekelia and it is a very flat road all the way from Dhekelia to Larnaca with a cycle path for about the last 5km.

Cycling In Cyprus

At first light it was quite cool in December but by 8 am the temperatures were quite reasonable. In the winter months it can be dark around 4 pm so make sure you have your lights with you if you are not 100% certain you will be home before then. I was delayed by almost 3 hours on the return journey with a broken rear spindle and two punctures in quick succession. Fortunately the spindle broke as I was leaving Larnaca so I was able to pick up a replacement at a local cycle shop.

If you are cycling in Cyprus in the summer months you will also want to time your ride very carefully. Only experienced riders should consider cycling in the midday sun where temperatures top 40 degrees and humidity is at 100%. During high summer most riders should cycle before about 11 am or after 5 pm.

For the more adventurous looking at serious cycling in Cyprus there are the mountains of Troodos to tackle. Perhaps not a good idea in January and February when snow and ice covers the roads at high altitude but ideal for the remainder of the year.

Cycling In Cyprus

Take care if you are cycling along major roads during the peak holiday periods of June to September as they can get quite busy with holidaymakers that are not familiar with the area. Many areas have cycle paths these days but take care as they cross roads and public driveways at frequent intervals.

If you are interested in cycling in Cyprus and require further information please send us an email. Cycling in Cyprus, whatever time year you visit, is a great way to see the island.

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