If you're looking for deserted villages in Cyprus, try this medium cycling route through a GORGEOUS gorge near the village of Lysos.
The views are spectacular from every turn as you wind your way through pine forest before visiting the village of Lysos.
A hard climb onto the ridge above Lysos (known locally as Rocky Ridge) is then rewarded with a wonderful long descent through four deserted villages to the bottom of the Evretou valley.
The villages of Melandra, Zacharia, Istinjo and Sarama became deserted after the conflict in 1974 and the only inhabitants are now goats, sheep and pigs, tended by local farmers.
NB: Inexperienced mountain bikers are advised to walk the first 300m of the gorge as the terrain is very rocky and the drop very steep... if you get it wrong! Take your time through the gorge to admire the views...they are spectacular.
TIP: You can do the route in reverse but then it becomes a HARD route as you will have a steep 6km CLIMB through the deserted villages.
Difficulty: MEDIUM The last 4km are UPHILL!
Terrain: Forest trails, 15% concrete/road, rocky sections and rough gravel through the gorge.
I hope you enjoy this favourite ride in the forest areas near Lysos village. If lucky, you may also see the Cyprus moufflon.
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