Bicycle routes - Troodos & Pafos
Cycling offers a lot!
Cycling is a sport that can be done on an amateur level and requires only a few things: a bike in excellent working condition, water, a spare tire, a bicycle (trying to reach, at least) in good physical shape and a road or a path to grow. And like all the sports, it's something that you learn, you never give up. Something like a cyclist I confirm. And after seeing the general cycling and cycling directions in Cyprus, the time has come to look at various cycling routes as proposed by various competent bodies or by the writer.
Panagia Araka - Platania
According to data provided by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO), this 15 km long route with an estimated coverage time of 5 to 6 hours is part of the European Long Distance Trail E4 in Cyprus. It starts from the Monastery of Panagia tou Araka and through an uphill asphalt road passes from the village of Saranti, the sites of Selladi tou Karamanli, Mavra Dhasi and Selladi tis Choras, arrives at Platania excursion site where there is a touristic area, a camping site and a restaurant, while someone can visit the fenced area with the protected well-known Cypriot agrina!
Platania - Troodos - Ayios Yeoryios Kapouralli
According to data provided by the CTO, this route of 32.5 km long and an estimated coverage time of 9-11 hours is part of the European Long Trail E4 in Cyprus. It starts from the excursion site of Platania and passes through the Kambos tou Livadiou, Krios river, the Caledonia waterfalls and the camp Kambi tou Kalogirou, arrives at the chapel of Ayios Yeoryios Kapouralli.
Ayios Yeoryios Kapouralli - Monastery of Kykkos
According to data provided by CTO, this 34 km long route and an estimated coverage time of 12-15 hours is part of the European Long Distance Trail E4 in Cyprus. It starts from the chapel of Ayios Yeoryios Kapouralli, near the village of Ayios Demetrios and through the Pafos Forest, the Kaminaria village with the lovely old school, the Kometidji excursion area, the Milikouri village, where if you are lucky you will be able to admire the production of a rose water and you will drift from the sweet smell of roses, ends up at the Monastery of Kykkos, the most famous, perhaps, pilgrimage of Christianity across the Pancyprian, with the burial site of the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III a few metres above, at the Throne of Panayia.
Monastery of Kykkos - Stavros tis Psokas
According to data provided by the CTO, this 26-kilometre-long route and an estimated 9-12 hour coverage is part of the European Long Trail E4 in Cyprus. It originates from the Monastery of Kykkos, the most famous, perhaps, pilgrimage of Christianity throughout the Pancyprian, and through the Protected area Valley of Roudias and the road that leads to the Cedar Valley passing through the site of the Black Cliffs (don't let the name scare you, it is a region of spectacular beauty), it continues from the area of Tripyllos and the homonymous Fire Station with the remarkable view towards the Pafos Forest and through the nature trail Horteri ends at Stavros tis Psokas.
Stavos tis Psokas - Lysos
According to data provided by the CTO, this 25 km long route and an estimated coverage time of 8-11 hours is part of the European Long Distance Trail E4 in Cyprus. It starts from Stavros tis Psokas Forest Station and passes through the Agios Theodoros' Valley, at the end of which the road turns right, the mountain of Tremitha and the location of Kopes and the village of Melandra, ends in the village of Lysos.