- Roads: Asphalt roads and cycle paths
- Distance: 14km
- Level of Difficulty: Easy (+90m of total Ascent)
- Bike Required: All types of bikes
- Points of Interest: Voroklini Lake, Larnaka Marina, Larnaka Medieval Castle, Larnaka Salt Lake, Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque
Larnaka Birdwatching Route
With its location on the south-eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus attracts more than 370 different bird species during their migration from Africa to Europe - and back again. The region of Larnaka is one of the best areas on the island to observe these majestic birds, and this route gives you the opportunity to visit its two major lakes.
The bird watching bike trip starts from Voroklini Lake, which is one of only seven natural wetlands in Cyprus, and has recently been restored through the European LIFE Conservation Project. A display of fully-illustrated placards at the Information Kiosk and Bird Watch Tower provide information on all the different species that nest at the lake, including the Cattle Egret, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spoonbill and many others.
Leaving the lake and heading south, you will reach the beach of Voroklini. From there, the route follows the coastal cycle path, which runs along the beautiful seafront of Larnaka bay, to reach the city of Larnaka and its port.
The route continues by passing by the Larnaka Marina and the vibrant ‘Foinikoudes’ (palm tree) promenade until you reach the Medieval Castle of Larnaka, from where a right turn will take you towards the beautiful stone-built church of Agios Lazaros (Saint Lazarus).
Strolling through the old neighbourhoods of Larnaka, the route will then lead you to the Patticheio Municipal Park, where you can cross to reach the famous Larnaka Salt Lake - one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus. The lake is the haunt of 85 species of water birds, with estimated populations between 20,000 and 38,000. Among them are thousands of flamingos, which spend the winter months at the lake, and are a magnificent sight to behold in their flocks of vibrant pink. Care must be taken not to disturb these sensitive birds whilst viewing them.
The route continues with a ride on the shores of the lake to reach the revered Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. Your efforts will be rewarded by the mesmerising sight of the tall palm trees surrounding the beautiful building combined with the serenity of the area and the sounds of the birds at the lake.