Many visitors to Cyprus don't realise there are hills...and LOTS of them. If they DO, they probably put cycling into the "only for mad people" category.
BUT you don’t need to be Lance Armstrong to enjoy the scenery on two wheels. Here is an EASY cycle route in Cyprus, yes EASY, for everyone to enjoy. It's so easy that 90% of it is DOWNHILL.
OK there are a couple of short (max 100m honestly) hill sections but you can always push your bike up those bits of the trail. And the views from this ride are simply awesome.
The delightful village of Drouseia lies some 600m up on the edge of the Akamas peninsula. If you want to experience the beauty of the Akamas with the wind in your hair then this is the route for you.
From Drouseia, take the road towards Pittokopos and turn left at the wooden pagoda onto a dirt track. This is signposted as the E4 (the European long distance path which runs right around the island). Simply follow this track which runs along the spine of the Akamas.
Weird rock formations at the start of the ride will amaze you as will the views of both Chrysochous Bay on the Polis side to your right and Lara bay on the Paphos side to your left. (Those are the views in the pictures above!) This section is known locally as the “windy ridge” and if it is a windy day, you will find out why! After approx 10km you will reach a green sign where you turn right towards Neo Chorio past the picnic site at Smigies. Take a rest at a pretty taverna in the village (our favourite is the Kouppas stone tavern run by Andreas) before the exciting descent on tarmac back to Latchi harbour.
Difficulty: EASY ( 95% downhill!)
Terrain: Vehicle width fire road (some slightly rocky sections) until Neo Chorio then tarmac to Latchi.
Don't forget to read our cycling tips especially as it CAN be cold on this ride even on a warm day...due to the wind.
NB: For this ride you need 2 cars (one to get you to the start of the ride and the other parked down in Latchi to take you back to the other car at the end.) This is, of course, a hassle so instead, why not use a local UPLIFT service?
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