Mike started the company seven years ago after seeing a niche in the market for a service that covered the whole island and gave visitors a taste of what Cyprus has to offer explorers on two wheels. And when he says “across the island”, he really means it. The tours follow a vast database of routes covering all regions, from the highest peaks all the way down to the rugged coast, taking in charmingly quaint rural villages, archaeological sites, ancient bridges, abandoned old roads, waterfalls, lush green forests and verdant valleys along the way.
And while the landscapes themselves inspire awe and wonder with their majestic sweeping beauty and rich diversity, the value of the tours goes far beyond scenic routes and stunning views, with history, culture and tradition interwoven into the very seams of each ride. “There are also things to witness, people to meet, history and traditions to learn,” Mike says. “Our policy is to offer the local experience; we want you to take back unique Cyprus memories, and visitors who bike outside the main cities can truly discover the authentic Cyprus.” Sharing tales of riders who return to Cyprus every year to visit friends that they met in the villages during their Biking Cyprus Adventures tours, Mike believes the raw, authentic rural Cyprus can best be found in its people, who are always willing to stop and chat with bikers en route, and have even been known to invite them into their homes for coffee or food. “It’s a great way to discover Cyprus and fall in love with the island,” he says with a knowing smile.
While Cyprus’s extensive road network, short distances and great weather conditions make the island an ideal cycling destination, it is this authentic Cypriot hospitality in the rural outposts that really make the Biking Cyprus Adventures cycling tours a one-of-a-kind experience.