Cy­cling to Cyprus’ north­ern tip

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The high­est point of Cyprus is the is­land’s very own Mt Olym­pus, at 1,952 me­tres. You won’t need Olympian fit­ness, how­ever, for a cy­cling trip around the Karpas Penin­sula. Free­dom Treks’ new self-guided tour for 2018 heads to this 45-mile fin­ger of land, where sweep­ing land­scapes are the norm, es­pe­cially at the largely de­serted Golden Beach. Head to Cyprus now to see car­pets of spring flow­ers and for ped­allingfriendly tem­per­a­tures. (Note that the trip takes place in the north­ern part of the is­land, not un­der the con­trol of the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Repub­lic of Cyprus.)

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Free­dom Treks’ North­ern Cyprus hol­i­day runs for seven nights (from £547; free­domtreks.co.uk) or for nine (from £688), with ac­com­mo­da­tion in a va­ri­ety of three-star ho­tels and re­stored farm­houses, on a B&B ba­sis. Bike hire costs an ex­tra £64 for a seven-night tour or £90 for nine nights. The rec­om­mended air­port to reach this tour from is Lar­naka, in the southern part of the is­land un­der Repub­lic of Cyprus con­trol. BA, Cobalt Air, easyJet, Jet2, Nor­we­gian, Thomas Cook and TUI fly there di­rect from most ma­jor UK air­ports (from £120; easyjet.com). From Lar­naka, it’s an hour by taxi to Fa­m­a­gusta at the start of the itin­er­ary (£62 if pre-booked through the tour op­er­a­tor).

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