Cycling to Cyprus’ northern tip
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).