akamas mtb tour
Akamas Mountainbike Tour (starting from Polis Chrysochous)
Mountainbiking in one of the nicest nature parks in Cyprus. This tour has a unique character since you can ride on the top of the hills and after just a few kilometers ride next to the crystal clear water of the Meditterranean sea. The Akamas peninsula, named after an Athenian warrior and son of Theseus, who arrived here after the Trojan war, is a unique area, both geologically and physiographically and with regard to flora and fauna.
Until recently the Mediterranean seal, Monachus monachus, bred in the inaccessible caves of the peninsula, while on the remote beaches of Lara, the sea turtles, Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas, continue to breed in large numbers.
The area has one of the favourite haunts of the mythological goddess Aphrodite. Legend has it that after swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she would walk up the hill and bathe in a pool fed by a freshwater mountain spring dripping down the sides of a shady grotto overhung by a leafy fig tree, which has come to be known as the Baths of Aphrodite. It is here that Adonis saw and fell in love with her while hunting in the Akamas forest. The Italian poet Ariosto wrote a poem about the area and its waters which became known as the Fontana Amorosa
Other attractions of the area are Avakas gorge and Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queens Castle) as well the crystal clear water of the Meditteraneas sea especailly in Fontana Amorosa area.
There are several options for a Mountaibike tour in the area from 20km to 80km tours per day. Also the terrain can be selected to suit hobby riders or more adventurous bikers.
|LEVEL||EASY||AVERAGE||ADVANCED||DIFFICULT||TOUR IN NUMBERS|
|Physical Fitness||Distance||from 20 to 80km|
|Technical Skills||Total Ascent||from 200 to 1000|
Map of the area with selected tours marked