Walking in Cyprus

44 walks in the South and the North

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2 Oct 2017
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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.

Seasons Seasons
The best times for walking are the spring or autumn months. Wildflowers carpet the meadows and the temperature is pleasant for walking.
Centres Centres
Paphos, Polis, Troodos Square, Platres, Kakopetria, Kyrenia/Girne, Lapta, Alevkaya
Difficulty Difficulty
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

  • Maps
    Maps and waymarking

    Walking maps are not available for Cyprus. There are some tourist maps, which you can pick up at the airports or in the tourist offices, but they don’t outline the trails. There are publications of some of the popular trails of Northern Cyprus, including sketch maps, which are available from tourist offices. You can also pick up leaflets of the popular nature trails from tourist information offices in the south. Road maps for both parts of the island are available from tourist offices and airports.

    The diverse trails in South Cyprus range from rugged coastline to forest walks, a stroll between vineyards to walking in the mountains of Troodos. Nature trails are marked on the island, but these are not unified and many different signs are in use. At the beginning of the nature trails there is usually a map board with some information about the length and terrain and sometimes about the vegetation. Plants, flowers and trees are labelled along the trail so you can learn to recognise them. Benches are placed at some of the best viewpoints.

    Some of the trails described in this book are based on nature trails. The Department of Forests has a booklet of the island’s nature trails (see ‘


    Besparmak long-distance trail sign; marker pyramid in North Cyprus; iron arrow in South Cyprus; direction marker in South Cyprus

    The landscape of Northern Cyprus is dominated by the Kyrenia mountains. An official long-distance trail, the 255km-long Besparmak Trail in Northern Cyprus, is marked with a green ‘B’ sign. It starts at Cape Kormakitis/Kormacit and ends at the tip of the Karpaz/Karpass Peninsula. Many of the walks described in this book follow the green B signs.

    Other trails are usually marked with green and white signs. However, on some trails you can see red, blue and yellow paint marks on rocks, which are often helpful when the path is overgrown. The start points of trails are usually marked with a wooden trail gate.

    There are numbered pyramids at junctions, marked on the maps found at the beginning of the trails, to help orientation. Pyramids are mentioned in the walk descriptions and marked on the maps in this book.

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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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