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.
SeasonsThe best times for walking are the spring or autumn months. Wildflowers carpet the meadows and the temperature is pleasant for walking.
CentresPaphos, Polis, Troodos Square, Platres, Kakopetria, Kyrenia/Girne, Lapta, Alevkaya
DifficultyThe graded walks range from short and easy to longer, more demanding routes.
Must SeeAkamas 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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.View Articles and Books by Nike Werstroh
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.View Articles and Books by Jacint Mig