11 March 2022
Cyprus has year-round sunshine – perfect if you want to jump on a bike and cycle over varied terrain while feeling the balmy Mediterranean breeze. Due to the lack of strong headwinds in Cyprus it’s the ideal place for leisurely and competitive cycling alike. Follow the myriad of routes across scenic urban, rural and coastal terrain and discover Cyprus along the way. There’s streams, fields, forests and villages and it’s easy to end up somewhere delightfully unexpected. Keen cyclists can try the Pitsylia cycling route – a course through the picturesque villages of the Pitsylia area, famous for its wine and smoked meat specialities. The route passes the village of Alona and descends all the way to Lefkosia.
The best way to get to know a place is to walk it. Cyprus encapsulates 10,000 years of history in its diverse landscapes, which are perfect for exploring. The great outdoors of Cyprus are easily accessible and there’s hundreds of opportunities to take a journey through nature with plenty of signposted paths and trails. Head off on foot and discover a treasure trove of plants, wildlife, heritage and fascinating monuments. The Aphrodite Circular trail through the Paphos district takes 3-4 hours and takes hikers on a tour through the Baths of Aphrodite and past the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas – a spot believed to be a Medieval monastery.
As well as the tourists, a huge variety of birds flock to Cyprus making it a birdwatching haven for experienced and budding ornithologists. Across the island, birdwatchers can spot over 350 indigenous and endemic species including predatory birds, seagulls, herons, nightingales, hangbirds, ravens, chickadees and carrion buzzards.
Cyprus has a wealth of fascinating archaeological sites, Byzantine churches and monasteries and museums. Due to the islands size it’s easy to base yourself in one place and explore all of Cyprus from there, without having to worry about spending all day in the car. Visit Athalassa National Park for a network of walking trails and the fascinating botanical gardens.