Walking in Cyprus
44 walks in the South and the North
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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.
- 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
- 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
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
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 ‘
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 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 Guidebooks by Jacint Mig
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