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Guidebook detailing 44 walks in Cyprus, covering both the south and north of the island. Taking in pine-clad slopes, olive groves, rugged coastline and dramatic gorges, the graded routes of 3 to 20km (2 to 12 miles) make use of waymarked nature trails and visit historical sites of interest, including ancient castles and Byzantine monasteries.
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There's far more to Cyprus than just the bustling resorts: the favourable climate, attractive scenery and many kilometres of footpaths and nature trails make it an ideal destination for walkers. This guidebook presents 44 graded walks spread across the island, covering both southern and northern Cyprus, with a slight focus on the central Troodos region. Clear description and mapping is presented for each route and a route summary table makes it easy to choose an appropriate walk.
The walks, of 3 to 20km, range from gentle strolls to longer, more demanding routes, sometimes involving steep ascents, difficult terrain or navigational challenge. They showcase Cyprus's captivating landscapes, from the sun-kissed coastline lapped by clear turquoise waters to the pine-clad slopes of the Troodos and Besparmak Mountains. Many visit sites of historical interest – including UNESCO-listed Byzantine monasteries, Venetian bridges, defensive castles and hideouts from the 1950s independence struggle – and other highlights include the stunning Avakas Gorge, the caves of Cape Greco and the striking Besparmak range.
As well as the walks, the guide offers plenty of information to help you organise and get the most out of your trip, with advice on transport, bases and border crossings. There is a summary of the island's fascinating and turbulent history and an overview of its plants and wildlife. Blending information with inspiration, 'Walking in Cyprus' contains all you need to discover a hidden side to this Mediterranean gem.
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|Location and geography|
|Plants and flowers|
|When to go and what to take|
|Maps and waymarking|
|Using this guide|
|The west and the Akamas Peninsula|
|Walk 1 Aphrodite Trail, Akamas Peninsula|
|Walk 2 Adonis Trail, Akamas Peninsula|
|Walk 3A Smigies Nature Trail|
|Walk 3B Pissouromoutti Nature Trail|
|Walk 4 Avakas Gorge|
|Walk 5 Argaka Nature Trail|
|Walk 6 Horteri Nature Trail|
|Walk 7 Vouni path|
|Walk 8 Sinti Monastery – Roudia Bridge|
|Walk 9 Venetian bridges|
|The Troodos and central Cyprus|
|Walk 10 Xystarouda – Agiasma – Vasiliki Nature Trail|
|Walk 11 Prodromos Dam – Stavroulia Trail|
|Walk 12 Kannoures Trail|
|Walk 13 Mnimata Piskopon Trail|
|Walk 14 Atalante Trail|
|Walk 15 Artemis Trail|
|Walk 16 Caledonia circular|
|Walk 17 Pouziaris Trail|
|Walk 18 Loymata ton Aeton Trail|
|Walk 19 Madari Trail|
|Walk 20 Kannavia circular|
|Walk 21 Asinou Trail|
|Walk 22 Panagia tou Araka – Stavros tou Agiasmati|
|Walk 23 Politiko Nature Trail|
|Walk 24 Machairas Monastery – Fikardou|
|Walk 25 Kionia loop|
|Walk 26 Kakokefalos – Mantra tou Kampiou Trail|
|South and east|
|Walk 27 Hapotami Trail|
|Walk 28 Pissouri coast walk|
|Walk 29 Kyparissia Trail|
|Walk 30 Sea caves – Kavos Hill|
|Walk 31 Agioi Anargyroi – Cyclops Cave|
|Walk 32 Monumental olive trees of Kalkanli|
|Walk 33 Sina Monastery circular|
|Walk 34 Lapta Baspinar Trail|
|Walk 35 The Fourth Castle|
|Walk 36 St Hilarion Castle|
|Walk 37 Buffavento Castle|
|Walk 38 Armenian monastery|
|Walk 39 Alevkaya circular|
|Walk 40 Esentepe – Antiphonitis Monastery|
|Walk 41 Kucuk Erenkoy circular|
|Walk 42 Tatlisu circular|
|Walk 43 Kantara Castle|
|Walk 44 Kumyali circular|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|
|Appendix C Further reading|