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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday Itinerary

This itinerary offers an average 30km per day taking 3-4 hours depending on your speed leaving plenty of time for relaxation afterwards. Optional harder and/or easier rides are also available on request

Day 1 Arrival at Paphos airport. Transfer to Paradisos Hills Hotel in Lysos. Meet and Greet and introduction to your bike and kit.

Day 2 Circular ride - Lysos Loop:  28km/ 511m elevation gain MEDIUM level, some moderately difficult terrain.  Route passes through a fascinating gorge in which, if you are lucky, you will spot a Moufflon (local wild sheep breed). 

Day 3 Transfer day to your second hotel; Y&P Hotel Latchi – You ride, your luggage is transported.  A Linear route of 30km /408m elevation gain EASY/MEDIUM level, a mix of blacktop, concrete and gravel trails.

Day 4  Exploring the Akamas National Park or Polis Coastal Road. Optional rides: 

a)   A Linear Route out and back route from Latchi to Fontana Amorosa – 25km/360m elevation gain EASY level a mix of black top and gravel/earth roads OR

b)   More challenging circular route – Climb to the Akamas ridge and then down to the Blue Lagoon before returning to Latchi – 28.9km/ 620m elevation gain MEDIUM level - black top and gravel OR

c)   Explore Polis/Polis Coast on the quiet coast road towards Argaka and beyond EASY level – black top road (using map not GPS) OR

d)   Just take the day off.!

Day 5 Transfer day to your third hotel - Drousia Heights Hotel in Drousia.  Linear route – 20km/ 708m elevation gain MEDIUM level – Lots of climbing today and you have the option of an uplift to take out some of the elevation gain. Mostly gravel/earth tracks, some blacktop.  Worth the effort, the views from the ridge are stunning.

Day 6 Circular ride via the Witches Gorge from and to the Drousia Heights – 19km/ 521m elevation gain MEDIUM level.   The Gorge is full of fossils and strange rock shapes just inviting you to create an Image.  The Gorge gets its name from the obvious rock outcrop shaped like a witch’s head. There is also a winery on route which makes a great resting spot. Medium level, some short steep bits – blacktop, concrete and gravel trails.

Day 7 Transfer to the Airport

All rides are graded Easy to Medium level unless you take an optional extension.  The routes are in most cases a mixture of gravel, concrete and blacktop roads.  There are sections which are a little more technical with small rocks - dismount if not comfortable!  Please note the level of climbing in each day's route.  You will need a moderate level of fitness and stamina but don’t need to be super fit.

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