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Lefkosia (Nicosia) - Pitsylia Cycling Route
Lefkosia (Nicosia) - Pitsylia Cycling Route

This 115km route passes through the beautiful landscape and picturesque villages of the Pitsylia area, famous for its good wine and smoked meat specialities. Although the route is quite long, the section past the village of Alona is downhill all the way to Lefkosia (Nicosia).

The route follows part of the Lefkosia - Machairas route, as far as the village of Episkopi. But from there, it heads west to the village of Arediou instead of on to the village of Politiko, climbing gradually on the old Lefkosia - Palaichori road through Malounta and Klirou, and then turning left towards Fikardou. From Fikardou it goes downhill to Gouri, and then turns right on to the road towards Lazanias and Machairas. Just before Lazanias, the route follows the first dirt road to the right, leading to the village of Farmakas. This dirt road is like a parapet above the cliffs and will give adrenaline addicts a real thrill.

From Farmakas, the route continues south to just above Profitis Ilias at Sykopetra. From there, it follows a paved road to the right and heads west to Palaichori. From the village of Palaichori, the route leads to the Lefkosia - Agros road, turns left and after a short climb turns right to take the road for Askas, Fterikoudi and Alona. There it turns right, heading north, and begins the descent towards Lefkosia. At Alona there is accommodation and restaurants if you wish to spend the night or a few more days in the area.

After leaving Alona, the course descends towards Platanistasa, past the ‘Gefiri tis Panagias’ forestry station, to a right turn leading east to the villages of Mitsero and Agrokipia. From there to the left and south, the route reaches Klirou District Gymnasium. There it turns right just before Arediou to meet the old Lefkosia - Palaichori road, heading back to Lefkosia in the opposite direction.

Alternative route: At Gouri, instead of heading towards Lazanias, take the paved road for Farmakas and Palaichori. Turn right and to the north from Palaichori, and instead of heading towards Askas - Alona, start the descent to Lefkosia.

Start Point: Agios Mamas grade­ separated junction
End Point: Agios Mamas grade­ separated junction
Total Distance: 115km
Height Gain: 1.265m
Difficulty Rating: A fairly difficult course, despite the road being downhill all the way past the village of Alona. Requires a mountain bike with at least 21 speeds. A front fork suspension is recommended.
Road Conditions: A variety of surfaces.
 
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