Enhanced Cycling E-maps
Autumn is a fantastic time to cycle your way through Larnaka region’s history and nature by following one of our popular thematic routes. And with our upgraded electronic maps you have all the information you need to enjoy the fresh air and the many, wonderful things to see along the way.
The detailed maps – available via the Komoot platform - show elevation, waytypes, surfaces, distances (including uphill/downhill distances), and time according to speed, making the routes easy to map out and follow.
Choose from eight, diverse routes:
The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. This route takes you from Choirokoitia, passing through Tochni village on the way to the ‘Kalavasos’ Neolithic Settlement, which shares many similarities with the Choirokoitia settlement. Nearby Zygi village is a great pitstop for a fresh fish meal, with the scenic route then passing along green fields bursting with vibrant oranges and lemons as you head through Psematismenos village and culminate back at the original starting point of Choirokoitia settlement.
Wine & Gastronomy Route
Starting at the Environmental Information Center in Skarinou, the route takes a climb to mountainous Lefkara village, stopping at Dafermou Winery for the first tasting of the day. Kato Lefkara then unfolds to Pano Lefkara with its beautiful, traditional houses, chapels and silversmithing and lacemaking workshops. Heading towards Kato Drys village you will find the Bee & Embroidery Museum before you descend towards the Ktima Christoudia winery for more tasting, then the honey producing Vavla village before heading back to the starting point via Choirokoitia. Here you can visit the local Halloumi cheese making farm – ‘Loulla’s Farm, followed by a visit to Ktima Georgiades back in Skarinou.
The multi–religious tour starts from the Tourism Information Office, located off Europe Square (at the start of the palm tree-lined promenade of ‘Foinikoudes’) where you will find the Catholic churches of St. Josephs Convent and Terra Santa; the Greek Orthodox churches of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Chrysopolitissa and Agios Lazaros (Saint Lazarus); the Jewish Synagogue; the mosques of Hala Sultan Tekke and Beyuk Tzami, and the Sourp Stepanos Armenian Church all within a radius of just a few kilometres. Other Greek Orthodox churches can also be found along this route.
Venetian Watchtower Route (East Larnaka)
The Watchtowers of Larnaka region are a significant element of the island’s connection to Venice. Staring from CTO beach on the Larnaka-Dekeleia Road, the route takes you towards Pyla Village, where you will find the first well-maintained watchtower in the centre of the village, followed by the second tower in Xylophagou village, firstly passing by Ormidhia village along the way where there is a quaint and interesting chapel. Upon entering Xylophagou you will find the watchtower 3 km north from the centre of the village about 100 metres above sea level. The ride back then takes you along the coastline from Ormidhia to Dekeleia.
Venetian Watchtower Route (West Larnaka)
The 9th century lighthouse of Cape Kiti (in Pervolia Village) is the starting point of this route, and thereafter a short ride towards Larnaka takes you to the Rigaina Watchtower (Regina’s Tower). Leaving the watchtower, the route towards Meneou Village passes by the Larnaka Salt Lake to Kiti for a pitstop and a visit at the beautiful 11th century Byzantine Angeloktisti Church. Continuing towards the villages of Mazotos and Alaminos you will find the Medieval stone-built watchtower that is located at the entrance of Alaminos. Heading back you will reach the coastal road for the return to Larnaka that will lead you back to your original starting point in Pervolia.
Camels and Donkeys Route
The route starts at the Camel Park in Mazotos Village, where you will have the chance to enjoy a supervised camel ride around the park grounds before then passing through the villages of Mazotos, Alaminos and Agios Theodoros before you enter the well-preserved village of Skarinou. There you can visit the Golden Donkeys Farm, where around 50 donkeys will welcome you – ready to take you on a ride around the farm. The way back to your starting point is a smoother ride and takes you along the coastal road from Agios Theodoros to Mazotos village.
Wheat Fields & Bread Making Route
Starting from Voroklini seafront, the route takes you in a northerly direction to reach the wheat fields of the southern edge of the Mesaoria plain, which gleam with gold during the end of spring and the beginning of summer. After passing through the villages of Troulloi and Avdellero, you start the climb towards the municipality of Athienou which has a a longstanding tradition of flour making and traditional bread-making. You can visit the Kallinikeio Museum and the renovated, traditional flour mill and taste some Athienitiko bread and locally-made cheeses in one of the many little coffee shops before heading back to Voroklini via the old Lefkosia-Larnaka road to descend back to Aradippou.
Larnaka Birdwatching Route
The bird watching route starts from Voroklini Lake, which is one of only seven natural wetlands in Cyprus. Leaving the lake and heading south, you will reach Voroklini beach where the route follows the coastal cycle path along the beautiful seafront of Larnaka bay, passing through Larnaka city and Larnaka Marina along the ‘Foinikoudes’ (palm tree) promenade up to the Medieval Castle, then towards Saint Lazarus church. The route then leads to the Patticheio Municipal Park, where you can cross to reach the famous Larnaka Salt Lake - one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus and host to 85 species of water birds, including migrating flamingos. The route continues with a ride on the shores of the lake to reach the revered Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque.
Images: Activate Cyprus