Hiking in Cyprus
Hiking is a wonderful way to explore the Cyprus countryside, particularly in spring when flowers are blooming and summer when cool temperatures in the forests offer a refreshing alternative to the heat of the coast.
The adventurers' guide to Cyprus
For adventurous hiking, head to the Troodos or the Akamas Peninsula, a thumb-shaped strip of land crisscrossed by rocky hiking trails. From the Aphrodite Trail hikers have spectacular views of rock formations, limestone outcroppings, cliffs and boulders sculpted into odd shapes suspended in the sea.
Both the Aphrodite Trail and Adonis Trail branch out from the Baths of Aphrodite, a natural grotto. On other, western side of the peninsula is Avakas Gorge, popular as a day trip excursion from Pafos by jeep.
An invigorating addition to a traditional tour of Cyprus
An ideal way to get a feel for the countryside of Cyprus is to walk through it – literally. There are hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty throughout the Island, with the most extensive network found in the delightful Troodos Mountains.
Some of these are within walking distance of the major monasteries. All told more than 48 well-signposted paths or trails cover a total distance of 200 kilometres in various parts of the island.
Make hiking the central focus or your trip, in conjunction with an agrotourism stay or simply as an invigorating addition to a more traditional tour of Cyprus.