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Louis Misseris trots back into the lobby with his eyes gleaming and cycling kit slightly damp.

Just back from a ride on the winding mountain roads of Cyprus, the Manager of Hotel Operations for Thomas Cook on Cyprus is passionate about how great cycling is on his island. The 62-year-old Cypriot started to explore Cyprus by bike at the age of 17.

‘You should try it!’, he suggests, and then with a big grin on his face adds ‘Don’t worry, Cyprus also has nice flat roads for beginners.’

‘Don’t worry, Cyprus also has nice flat roads for beginners.’

Louis Misseris

What are the most beautiful bike tours on Cyprus?

That’s hard for me to say as it’s beautiful everywhere around here. The ride up to the village Pano ­Lefkara is very scenic, for example, and it has a vertical gain of 800 meters. ­Lefkara is the home of the famous ­Cyprian embroidery and if you like, you can also enjoy traditional Cyprian cooking in the village. I like to eat in Lefkara Pavillon: It’s great value authentic food. After charging up your batteries there, continue towards Kornos – beautiful scenery. Another amazing tour is the ride to the Kantaracastle. And I ­really enjoy the tour to Stavrovouni monastery – it rewards you with one of the most breathtaking views on Cyprus.

What would you describe as the most challenging tour?

The Troodos Mountains offer various rides in the west. You can ride up to the 1,952 meter high Olympus. For all ‘mountain goats’ I also recommend some tours in the Machairas Mountains, like the tour which goes to Vavla, the pass of Odou and the­ Machairas monastery. On the way back you take the road that passes the monastery of Stavrovouni.

What are the best months for cycling on Cyprus?

Cyprus is actually a year-round ­cycling venue. The best months are from the beginning of March until the end of May as well as from the beginning of October until the end of November. And last but not least, I have an important message for everybody who loves the sea: The hot summer months warm up the sea so much that you can take a nice swim even in October. I can’t wait to see you on the road in Cyprus!

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