Cycling

The excellent weather conditions, versatile terrain and rare headwinds make Cyprus a paradise for both new and experienced bikers. Bikin' Cyprus offers guided road cycling, mountain biking and bike rental. While you're wheeling along with the sun on your back, why not follow one of the island's seven traditional wine routes? For the experienced biker, there are also lots of international cycling events which take place throughout the year including the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, VW Cyprus Cycling Tour and the Akamas Mountain Bike Challenge.

Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a great source of exercise but it's also good for the mind as it requires concentration, balance and determination. Zephyros Adventure Sports has two established climbing sites where advice is given on rope handling techniques before climbers are let loose to tackle heights between five and 50 meters. For the more experienced, there's the option to admire the stunning scenery from the top of extreme overhangs. If you're an experienced climber looking for routes off the beaten track, use Rock Climbing in Cyprus's website to search for your own unguided challenge

Hiking

There's no shortage of places to hike in Cyprus with 200km of purpose-built tracks across nearly 50 nature trails. All the nature trails are signposted with information about the flora and fauna you'll see on your chosen trail so you can learn about the local environment during your walk. Hiking in the Troodos Mountains is popular all year round due to its altitude: in the summer, you can escape the scorching heat and in the winter, the mountains will be covered by snow. If you're looking for a leisurely walk try the 3km Caledonia Falls Trail which ends with an impressive waterfall

Horse Riding

Being on horseback is a wonderful way to see unspoilt, rural Cyprus with its mountains, valleys, forest tracks, picturesque mountain villages and stunning sea views. Ride in Cyprus, based in Lysos, has beautiful wooden stables and happy horses where you can choose from one-hour rides to seven-day riding holidays. In the spring, autumn and winter you can ride at any time of the day; during the summer rides take place at sunrise and sunset. What's more, if you opt for a two-hour sunset ride, you'll be treated to a Brandy Sour and nibbles at the viewpoint

Skiing in the Mountains

Renowned for its long, warm summers it might be hard to believe that the temperature level drops low enough for skiing, but high up in the Troodos Mountains, there's a ski centre open in the winter months. At 2,000 meters above sea level on Mount Olympus, you'll find the Cyprus Ski Federation and Club with eight alpine ski runs to enjoy. Book onto one the ski schools if you're a novice, or brave one of the cross-country ski tracks and picturesque runs if you're a seasoned skier. During winter, if conditions are right, it's even possible to ski down the mountain in the morning and go swimming in the sea in the afternoon

Golf

Golfing has really taken off in Cyprus and it's no surprise with over 300 days of guaranteed sun and its luscious scenery. There are three 18-hole courses of international standard on the island, including the Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort a splendid 18-hole championship course spread over 6,289 meters, with a Golf Academy and a magnificent Clubhouse. The world-class golf course is currently undergoing a €2.5million investment and full modernisation, including the rebuilding of the greens and bunkers. The opening date has been brought forward and the newly upgraded course will be now fully open to its members and golfers from around the world from January 19, 2018

Tyrolean Traverse

Tyrolean Traverse is an ancient method of crossing a large open space by attaching a rope between two fixed places, which will often be high up and over water. Head to the village of Kyperounta to find the Adventure Mountain Park in Cyprus where you can experience Tyrolean Traverse in the beautiful foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Once you've got your harness and you're clipped onto the rope you'll be free to ascend and descend spires, negotiate rivers or reach a detached pillar

Yoga

There are plenty of benefits from practising yoga outside as the warmth of the Cypriot sun relaxes the muscles, allowing you to deepen your stretches. Padme Hum, based in Limassol, organises lessons on the beach so you can relax with the therapeutic sound of the sea around you and Inner Harmony offers classes in a Tochni, a traditional Cypriot village set in the countryside. There's also a range of yoga retreats for those looking to escape the stresses of everyday life. Try a four-day 'Silent Retreat' with Vedanta Yoga, where you'll stay in Mongolian Yurts and silence is encouraged from the moment you arrive

Cyprus – the third largest island in the Mediterranean – attracts over two million tourists annually. Cyprus is a year-round island appealing to a wide range of personal tastes and lifestyles, from families and couples, to the most discerning of culture and nature-oriented travellers

Getting there

Easyjet: operates flights to Larnaca from Gatwick Airport and to Paphos from London Gatwick and London Luton Airports with fares starting from £26.49 one way. For further information or to book please visit http://www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/cyprus

 

Thomas Cook: operates flights from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, London Gatwick, Newcastle and Cardiff Airports to Larnaca and Paphos with fares, including taxes, starting from £70.99 one way. For further information or to book please visit https://www.thomascookairlines.com/en/cheap-flights/cyprus/

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