CYCLING WITH HISTORY IN CYPRUS
Day 1 Arrive North Cyprus
According to your flight times, we will pick all the group from the airport and drive around 50 minutes to Club Simena Hotel from Ercan Airport. Hot soup, snack and then to the rooms for resting.
Day 2 Karshiyaka – Burnt Out Tank – Lapta Ride
After Breakfast short meeting to discuss the week, distribution of Maps, contact numbers ( EACH CLIENT WILL RECEIVE A LOCAL TELEPHONE WITH SIM CARD IN IT FOR LOCAL CALLS & EMERGENCY )and discuss the points... THEN,
On our first day, We will start to ride from the village of Karshiyaka which is the west end of the five finger mountains. Nice climb through the top hill, pass from the Sinai Monastery, and have a break at the Burnt out tank. Which is at the 1.000 mt. high. Then, easy ride through the Lapta village under the pine trees, with nice view of the mountain, Kyrenia city and local villages, as well as Trodos mountains and the Nicosia City. Total ride will be 40 Km. and it is moderate, challenging with spectacular views. Eleven sees and lunch at the mountains.
Accommodation at the Lapitos St. Anastasia Hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
Day 3 Lapta – St. Hilarion Castle Ride
Lapta is one of the biggest village of the Five finger mountains. Lots of fresh water, green and beautifull area. Our walk will start with nice climb again, and then we will reach to the top of the village. Old Forestry point, then British army camp will be on our way up to St. Hilarion Castle. Where Richard the Lion heard stayed one year during his Crusaders attack at the year of 1191. This Fairy tale castle will be our stop for the day. We will spend an hour to see the biggest castle of Cyprus on food. And we will climb to the Famous Queen window as well. Which is around 950 mt. high, and the Queen of England ( Berengaria, is the only queen of England whom never been to England after she become queen ) was spending most of her time by sitting next to it and watch the beautifull view. Total ride will be 38 Km. and it is moderate to Difficult. Eleven sees and lunch at the mountains.
Take the Support Vehichle to our accommodation of Bellapais Monastery Village.Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Bellapais – Flag – Church – Buffavento - Herbarium ride
Today is a great day with Historical places, interesting buildings, Highest point of the mountains, and Museum of Flowers and butterflies. 13th. Century Gothic Church will be our starting point. Nice climb form the village, up to the Tashkent Junction, then easy ride up the one of the biggest flag at the mountains of the world, which is 216 m2. Then, carry on or way to Buffavento castle from the road of ----- church. Buffavento is the highest point of the mountains with spectacular views of 2 big cities as well as the Mediterranean sea. After our picnic lunch unter the Olive tree of the Castle, we will ride through west until the herbarium of Alevkaya. Where it is the picnic area of locals as well as host the museum of Flowers and Butterflies. Total ride will be 55 Km. and it is moderate. Eleven sees and lunch at the mountains.
Get the support Vehicle to Bellapais Monastery Village for the second night. Dinner and overnight at Bellapais Monastery Village.
Day 5 Alevkaya – Antiphohitis – Mallidag – Kucuk Erenkoy Ride
We will get our bikes from the Forest park of Alevkaya, and start to ride through Antiphonitis Monastery. Which is a 12th. century church. Then, take the mountains through east, until we reach to the Mallidag Village. Which is a hiden village between the city and mountains. A good village lunch will be the price of this challenging day. Then, an easy ride up to the Kucuk Erenkoy Village, where our night will be. Our Accommodation 'Shinya' is one of the firsh EKO village house of North Cyprus. Special meal for the dinner will be all in Local style. Overnight at 'Shinya'
Day 6 Free Day!!!
Take a relax day at the Village of Kucuk Erenkoy, One of the Eko Village of North Cyprus. Chance to visit local houses, have a lunch with locals, Play Baggammon at the coffee shop, and go to walk ( or even swim!!!) at the Chrystal clear Mediterranean water. Local Dinner at the Village.
Day 7 Kantara Castle – Buyuk Konuk – Mehmetcik Ride
The last day of our adventure will start by climbing to the glorious Castle of Kantara. Where the last king of Cyprus 'Isaac Commennos' stayed as prisonner there over 3 months. Excellent view of ALL CYPRUS, nice architecture of Medival times... Picnic lunch under the pine trees, then easy ride through Buyukkonuk EKO village. Our Accommodation will be at 'AY Phodios Village house' which is a 4 PAPATYA Ekological accommodation place, confirmed by ICEA ITALY.
Dinner and evernight at the Ay. Phodios.
Day 8 Back Home...