Walking in Cyprus

44 walks in the South and the North

By Nike Werstroh, Jacint Mig

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.



The best times for walking are the spring or autumn months. Wildflowers carpet the meadows and the temperature is pleasant for walking.


Paphos, Polis, Troodos Square, Platres, Kakopetria, Kyrenia/Girne, Lapta, Alevkaya


The graded walks range from short and easy to longer, more demanding routes.
Must See

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
2 Oct 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    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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    April 19

    Walk 4: Park at Toxeftra Beach `car park` and head inland towards Viklary restaurant. About 900m from Toexftra Beach, there is a car park with a picnic area and information board, where the trail begins.

    March 19

    Walk 5 Argaka Nature Trail:
    Fire destroyed the vegetation around the trail. The trail can still be followed and walkers can enjoy some great views but the signs are missing in places. It will take a while for the area to fully recover.

    Feb 2019

    Walk 27 Hapotami Trail:

    High water level can make the river crossings more demanding and more dangerous. In the winter months, especially after heavy rain, high water level can make the crossings more difficult. Extra care should be taken.

  • Reviews
    Cyprus is a land of pure beauty and many of its spectacular nature trails, paths and tracks are somewhat hidden and therefore relatively unknown by Westerners.

    Cyprus is a land of pure beauty and many of its spectacular nature trails, paths and tracks are somewhat hidden and therefore relatively unknown by Westerners. This handy little guidebook helps with all that, and is stuffed full of 44 incredible walks in northern and southern Cyprus. each varying from a couple miles to 12 miles in length. With so many routes and lengths to choose from, there is truly something to suit every walker and their ability. Each walk offers different highlights such as the Kyrenia mountain range, rich archaeological sites and the Paphos Forest.

    Adventure Travel magazine

    I can highly recommend this great little guidebook

    Having lived in Cyprus for 14 years now, I do know many of the walks in the guide intimately, but I can highly recommend this great little guidebook, especially as you can just follow your GPS after downloading the routes - a bit like having your own personal guide!

    Cyprus Walks website

    Blending information with inspiration, the result is a perfect companion to exploring this stunning Mediterranean Island.

    Cyprus Living magazine

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Nike Werstroh

Nike met Jacint many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. She always loved travelling and with Jacint she visited many countries. Her love of outdoors emerged after visiting Madeira in 2008. She was mesmerized by the trails and views and since then wherever she and Jacint go they try to seek out the best trails. Nike really enjoys walking in the mountains and would happily spend every day on the trails.

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Jacint Mig

Jacint met Nike many years ago on a long coach journey as they both travelled into the unknown to build a new life in a different country. His love of outdoors emerged after a holiday in Madeira 2008, where he was mesmerised by the views and trails and since then wherever he and Nike go they try to seek out the best trails.

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