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2 Oct 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
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Walking in Cyprus

44 walks in the South and the North

by Nike Werstroh, Jacint Mig
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • Activities
  • Seasons
    The best times for walking are the spring or autumn months. Wildflowers carpet the meadows and the temperature is pleasant for walking.
  • Centres
    Paphos, Polis, Troodos Square, Platres, Kakopetria, Kyrenia/Girne, Lapta, Alevkaya
  • Difficulty
    The graded walks range from short and easy to longer, more demanding routes.
  • Must See
    Akamas Penninsula, Bath of Aphrodite, Avakas Gorge, Troodos Mountains, Paphos Forest, Macharias Monastery, Byzantine churches, Venetian bridges, waterfalls, Cape Greco, Besparmak Mountains, ancient olive trees, castles perched on rocks, orchids, rock roses
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Location and geography
Plants and flowers
Brief history
Getting there
Border crossings
Getting around
Tourist information
When to go and what to take
Maps and waymarking
Using this guide
Southern Cyprus
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
Northern Cyprus
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
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