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Pafos a wonderful sporting destination

Exceptional climate that makes sporting enjoyable

Cycling, Triathlon, Swimming, Running, Tennis, Soccer and much much more  

Cyprus ranks amongst the world’s top sports training destinations. The high-level infrastructure meets the demands of even the most intensive, professional training programmes. Athletes from around the world choose Cyprus for their training, largely due to its exceptional climate, huge range of up-to-date sports facilities, high-quality service industry, and the short distances between city, sea and mountains. From training grounds to gyms, and Olympic swimming pools to mountain biking routes, the region of Pafos caters for the modern athlete’s requirements.

As a preferred tourist destination, Cyprus also offers an impressive choice of accommodation, from self-catering apartments to luxury hotels and resorts, equipped with fitness centres and health spas managed by qualified personnel. Many international sports bodies have already recognised Cyprus as the ideal training destination, and National Olympic Committees from various countries use Cyprus as their pre-season training destination ahead of major international sporting events.

Cycling

Cyprus’ favourable climate makes it possible to explore the region’s awe-inspiring countryside throughout the year, making it an unforgettable athletic experience for both professional and recreational mountain bikers.

For cycling enthusiasts, Pafos is the ideal destination for every type of cycling. A wide range of bicycles is available for rent, and there are various organised and tailor-made bike rides on offer, suitable for all ages and abilities. A number of local bicycle centres offer rental services, route information, guide assistance and support for organised groups.

Mountain Biking

Pafos has a natural mountain-biking environment. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain biking along with a variety of tracks, making the region a paradise for fans of the sport.

Some of the most popular routes include:

Panorama & Beautiful countryside

Pafos, Pegeia, Kathikas, Arodes, Droushia, Kathikas, Stroumpi, Polemi, Tsada, Pafos.

Challenging level. Distance 64 km.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. The route after Pegeia to Kathika is mainly uphill, without great slopes.

The circular path formed from Kathika to Droushia, and on return to Kathika, is a relatively flat route, featuring small uphill and downhill paths.

From Kathika to Tsada there are continuously small uphill and downhill paths, while from Tsada to Pafos the route is continuously downhill.

  • Distance: 77km
  • Pavement Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 1260m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with 20 speeds

Short Description

The route starts by the Coral Bay area, one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Pafos. Very close to the starting point, you will find the renowned sea caves, featuring great views of the sea. The area is ideal for photo enthusiasts, with one of the most mesmerising sunsets over the Mediterranean.

Immediately after climbing to Kathika, you will pass through the dense pine forest before entering the vineyards of the area, home to the wonderful wine of the Laona region.

The scenic small passages above the Akamas Peninsula are always welcoming and worthy to pause for a drink, or to taste the local cuisines. The route offers panoramic views of the Akamas region and of Pafos to the north. The last downhill path of the journey leads to “Potima Bay,” an area that will certainly entice you to visit again.

Upon your return, particularly during the months of February until May, when the region is in full bloom with colours and fragrances of spring, the journey is delightful; no cyclist should miss this unique opportunity.

Diarizos Valley, Unspoilt villages and Great scenery

Pafos, Achelia, Agia Varvara, Timi, Αnarita, Nikoklia, Diarizos Valley, Agios Nicolaos, Arsos, Dora, Kouklia, Pafos.

Moderate to Challenging level of difficulty. Distance 105 km.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. From Pafos until Timi, the route is relatively flat. After the village of Agios Georgios, until the village of Arsos, the route is mainly an uphill one with some downhill turns.

On your return, and after Dora Village, the route is mainly downhill, and in several places the road is narrow with some steep turns. Extra attention is required.

  • Distance: 105km
  • Pavement Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 1560m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with 20 speeds

Short Description

The route starts at the Medieval Castle of Kato Pafos and Pafos Archaeological Park.

Within a few kilometres you will soon be cycling in one of the most scenic areas of Cyprus alongside the Diorizos River. The path to the valley will most certainly take your breath away. Especially during the months of February to May, when nature is adorned with the colours and fragrances of spring; this route is magnificent, and no cyclist should miss the opportunity to experience it.

The Diarizos Valley is rich in citrus plantations, an opportunity to sample the fruits of the area particularly if you cycle in the area during the autumn and winter months.

The route between the Diarizos Valley passes between two unique, tall rocks called “Hasaboulia.”

The valley across the river offers great sites, fruitful trees and small villages, churches, and ruins of villages from olden times.

Beautiful nature, Vineyards and Olive Groves

Pafos, Achelia, Agia Varvara, Timi, Αnarita, Nikoklia, Diarizos Valley, Agios Nicolaos, Arsos, Dora, Kouklia, Pafos.

Moderate to Challenging level of difficulty. Distance 105 km.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. From Pafos until Timi, the route is relatively flat. After the village of Agios Georgios, until the village of Arsos, the route is mainly an uphill one with some downhill turns.

On your return, and after Dora Village, the route is mainly downhill, and in several places the road is narrow with some steep turns. Extra attention is required.

  • Distance: 105km
  • Pavement Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 1560m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with 20 speeds

Short Description

The route starts at the Medieval Castle of Kato Pafos and Pafos Archaeological Park.

Within a few kilometres you will soon be cycling in one of the most scenic areas of Cyprus alongside the Diorizos River. The path to the valley will most certainly take your breath away. Especially during the months of February to May, when nature is adorned with the colours and fragrances of spring; this route is magnificent, and no cyclist should miss the opportunity to experience it.

The Diarizos Valley is rich in citrus plantations, an opportunity to sample the fruits of the area particularly if you cycle in the area during the autumn and winter months.

The route between the Diarizos Valley passes between two unique, tall rocks called “Hasaboulia.”

The valley across the river offers great sites, fruitful trees and small villages, churches, and ruins of villages from olden times.

Birth Place of Aphrodite- Goddess of Love and Beauty

Pafos, Achelia, Ag. Varvara, Timi, Anarita, Birthplace of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou), Pafos.

Easy to moderate level of difficulty. Distance 64 km.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. Within the first and last 7 kilometres, the ride can also be enjoyed on a designated bicycle path.

After Acheleia Village, and until you reach the Petra tou Romiou area, the route is mainly flat with short uphill paths, which are rated easy to moderate in terms of difficulty.

  • Distance: 64km
  • Road Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Atitude Difference: + 620m
  • Bicycle Type: Road and trekking bikes with 18 speeds

Short Description

This route takes you to the place where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty was born. Passing through quaint and charming villages, you will have the chance to get to know the locals and experience way of life in the Cypriot countryside.

Beyond the Birthplace of Aphrodite, you can visit the Archaeological site of Palaipaphos, located in Kouklia Village just a few kilometres away. The ruins of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite are also found on the site.

Along the way, you will find traditional cafes and taverns to enjoy a drink as well as a Cypriot sweet to retrieve your strength and continue your cycling tour back to Pafos.

Nature at its best!

Route 5: Polis, Neo Chorio, Fontana Amorosa, Polis

Route of medium difficulty by mountain bike

This route is aimed at cyclists with little or no experience in mountain biking, and for visitors who enjoy sporting activities during their vacations.

The route is of medium difficulty with spectacular views of the Akamas Forest and the Mediterranean Sea.

During the route, cyclists can make some stops for rest and to capture picture-perfect photos.

Technical Description

The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without a bit of technical difficulty apart from some points between the 16th and 20th kilometre marks, where cyclists need to exercise caution on the downhill turns.

At the start, after Latchi and up to Neo Chorio Village, the slope of the road is large in most places, which makes it difficult for cyclists. After Neo Chorio Village, the route is a friendly one.

  • Distance: 36.5 km
  • Road Condition: Dirt roads route, except at the beginning and at the end where the route is asphalted.
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 590m
  • Bicycle Type: Mountain bike with good suspension

 Short Description

One of the most interesting routes of the area.

Starting with a difficult uphill at Neo Chorio Village, you will soon reach the heart of the Akama Forest at an altitude of over 400m. The view and beauty of the landscape encourages cyclists to get off their bikes and enjoy the uniqueness of the area. Once you reach the top, and before you start your descent, you will observe the most beautiful alluring waters you have ever seen.

Fontana Amorosa Beach is world-renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which, in combination with the golden sands, give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling.

Departing from Fontana Amorosa, the route is magnificent. On the one side is the sea, and on the other the green mountains and rich vegetation that spreads along the coast.

Points of interest

  • Neo Chorio Village
  • Sea Views
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite

 

 Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Protection from the sun, as most of the route is unshaded
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency, particularly after Neo Chorio Village when you are isolated in nature
  • Fontana Amorosa Beach is ideal for swimming, so take a swimsuit and a lock to secure your bike

 Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Smigies area- Picnic site
  • Neo Chorio Village
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite
Exceptional Sea caves, Spectacular views, Baths of Aphrodite

Route 6: Pegeia, Akamas, Fontana Amorosa, Polis

Route of medium to high difficulty

Described as difficult and is aimed at experienced cyclists. Due to its difficulty, cyclists must be well prepared since there are no providers for water or food throughout the route.

Technical Description

The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without much technical difficulty, except at some points between the 34th and 38th kilometre marks where cyclists must exercise extreme caution on the downhill turns.

  • Distance: 53.6 km
  • Road Condition: Dirt route, while the beginning and end is asphalted
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 720m
  • Bicycle Type: Mountain bike with good suspension

Short Description

Starting at Coral Bay, you will soon find yourself in the Akamas National Forest Park known for its unique beauty.

Along the way you will enjoy cycling along the seaside and the Sea Caves area, while a photo of the shipwreck EDRO III is an absolute must.

The route to Akamas offers the opportunity to cycle near wildlife, visit the Avakas Gorge, and enjoy cycling over mountainous terrain and wild beaches with fantastic sea views.

At Lara Beach, especially when it is hatching season, you will be able to see the unique spectacle of life offered by the turtles that populate the beach and give birth to their young.

The route slowly ascends to the highest point passing near the “Pyrgos tis Rigenas” before descending on one of the most beautiful locations of the Akamas Peninsula, and the unspoiled beach of Fontana Amorosa.

Fontana Amorosa Beach is world-renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which, in combination with the golden sands, give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling.

Based on the myth associated with Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, it is at this site where the goddess met her lovers in private, far from the eyes of the world.

Leaving Fontana Amorosa, the route is enchanting. On the one side is the sea, while the other features green mountains and rich vegetation that spread along the coast.

 

Points of interest

  • Sea Caves in Pegeia
  • Avakas Gorge
  • Lara Beach, Turtles
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite

 Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Protection from the sun, as most of the route is unshaded
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency, particularly after Lara Beach when you are isolated in nature
  • Fontana Amorosa Beach is ideal for swimming, so take a swimsuit and a lock to secure your bike

Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Smigies area-Picnic site
  • New Chorio Village
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite
Unique Coastal area, Beautiful landscapes

Route 7: Polis, Argaka, Pomos, Gialia, Polis

Route of low difficulty

The route, as described in the title, is suitable for inexperienced cyclists, but not for families with children under 9 years of age since most of the route passes areas with high traffic.

Great option for visitors who would like to enjoy sports activities during their holidays.

The route is relatively easy, and cyclists can take various rest stops along the way to observe nearby places of interest or a capture a picture-perfect moment on their cameras.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. In some places, cyclist can use the designated bike path.

  • Distance: 42.6 km
  • Road Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 300m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike or trekking bike with 27 speeds

Short Description

An attractive route for the whole family with children over 9 years old, as it does not require excellent physical condition, offering many choices for relaxation at restaurants or cafes along the coast.

This coastal route offers the opportunity for a family expedition and familiarisation with some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages in the area.

The route passes through beautiful villages such as Gialia and Pomos, while there is also an opportunity for a refreshing drink or snack in one of the restaurants or beach cafes.

Points of interest

  • Beauty of the Landscape
  • Village Squares
  • Restaurants and Cafes by the sea

Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Protection from the sun, as most of the route is unshaded
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • The route features many beaches ideal for swimming, so take a swimsuit and a lock to secure your bike

 

Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Argaka Village (village and coastal)
  • Pomos Village (village and coastal)
  • Gialia Village (village and coastal)
  • Agia Marina Village
Beautiful landscapes, Wonderful views

Route 8: Polis, Pomos, Stavros tis Psokas, Polis

Difficult route for experienced cyclists                        

Route with a high difficulty index for experienced cyclists as it offers several uphill, difficult downhill and long distances.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road.

  • Distance: 91.9 km
  • Road Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 1840m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with at least 20 speeds.

Short Description

If you have selected this route, you must be a qualified cyclist.

It is a demanding route, largely due to the extreme altitude changes and length. The duration of the ascent to “Stavros tis Psokas” forest station is long and seems endless but the calm that one experiences in the Pafos Forest leaves you wanting more.

Beautiful landscapes, wonderful views combined with a particularly good road make the route pleasant despite its level of difficulty.

During the uphill you can stop in several places to enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline and beyond.

More than likely, along your journey into the Pafos Forest, you will encounter a small herd of Cypriot Mouflons (wild goats) crossing your path. Stay calm and be fast enough to take a picture.

At “Stavros tis Psokas” forest station you can stop at the only one small snack-cafe for a short break before you continue the final leg of your journey.

Points of interest

  • View over the Kokkina Area to the Sea
  • Stavros tis Psokas
  • Pafos Forest

Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Save your energy for the long uphill journey that commences at the 24th kilometre mark
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency

 

Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Stavros tis Psoka forest station
  • Gialia Village
Vineyards, Remote villages, Exceptional Views of the Med

Route 9: Pegeia, Kathikas, Droushia

Medium Strait as a route of high difficulty

Route with medium to high difficulty index for experienced cyclists as it has several uphill, difficult downhill and long distances. For cyclists with less experience, the route can be a challenging one.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road.

  • Distance: 35.2km
  • Road Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 770m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with at least 20 speeds

 Short Description

This is a unique route that crosses the area of the ​​Laona Villages, where some of the best wines of the region are produced. Along the way you can visit several wineries and enjoy a wine tasting experience.

The route, before ascending to Pegeia, passes through the renowned Sea Caves while the ascent to Pegeia provides the opportunity to enjoy the view of the entire coastline from the Akamas Peninsula to Pafos Town.

At Kathikas Village, it is worth passing through the narrow picturesque streets of the community before enjoying a refreshing drink in the village square next to the beautiful church of Panagia Evangelistria.

From Kathikas to Droushia Village, the route is unique since the view to the Mediterranean Sea merges with the green of Akamas Forest. In several places you can enjoy the sea view from both sides of the mountain.

From Droushia Village, from an altitude of 650 meters through a short road, you will reach the coastline of Polis Chrysochous where you can enjoy a swim in this wonderful area known for its crystal-clear waters and unspoiled beaches.

 

Points of interest

  • Sea Caves
  • Kathikas village square
  • Viewpoints before Kathikas Village
  • Views from Inia Village of the Akamas Peninsula

Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Enjoy a wine tasting experience at some of the wineries in the region

Parking Facilities

  • Sea Caves
  • Viewpoint (Panorama)
  • Kathikas Village
  • Inia Village
  • Droushia Village
  • Polis Chrysochous
Important International and Local Cycling Events

Great weather, challenging country trails and excellent infrastructure make the region of Pafos the ideal place for mountain bikers. Competitive riders from all over the world visit the island to hone their skills and collect points or win prize money. If you enjoy competing or prefer coming along for the fun as an observer, join in the fun on a great day outdoor adventure.

Triathlon

Well-known amongst Triathletes from several countries, the Pafos triathlon is now upgraded to offer an even more unique experience to participating triathletes.

Swimming

Pafos ranks amongst the world’s top sport training destinations. The Olympic size swimming pool in Geroskipou has everything that a modern athlete could ask for.

Visit the official website of the Gersokipou Sports Centre: Click here

Running

Combining breath-taking and historic scenery with traditional Mediterranean hospitality, Pafos has plenty of amazing, picturesque spots and a wonderful coastal area for those enjoying their run.

Tennis

The popularity of tennis in the Pafos region has increased. Tennis enthusiasts love the facilities at the hotels in the region, which is an ideal location for outdoor sports thanks to its year-round temperate climate.

Private and group lessons are available for adults, couples, and ladies’ groups for all levels of play from beginners to intermediate.

Also available are a full racquet fitting, re-stringing, and sales services, as well as general equipment and clothing.

Tennis racquets are available for hire and all necessary equipment is provided for the sessions.

Tennis players of all ages and levels can enjoy a rewarding holiday experience, taking advantage of professional, fun-filled coaching in a relaxing and beautiful environment.

Tennis courts can be found in most hotels and hotel apartments in the region.

Visit the official website of Cyprus tennis: Click here

Football teams training

Pafos is a favourite place for many European football teams, especially those from northern European countries wishing to train in the region. Football teams take advantage of the sunny weather and excellent facilities, especially during the winter months when temperatures are not too cold for soccer training. Teams use all the facilities offered by hotels in the Pafos region from great restaurants and leisure activities, laundry services, conference facilities for strategic training sessions, and, of course, a choice of football pitches for premier field training. With extensive Wi-Fi service, they can also stay in touch with ‘home’.

Bus transportation is easy and cheap since distances are short between airports, hotels, and football pitches. Amateurs can enjoy five-a-side football on artificial grass pitches available for rent on an hourly basis.

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