Walking in Cyprus is a delight at any time of the year. Add together Cyprus’ historic villages, breath-taking views, clear air and warm welcoming people and it all adds up to the perfect walking holiday – from a gentle ramble to a full on hike.
Cyprus is located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, a location that’s positioned Cyprus at the centre of history for thousands of years. An especially notable period was during the mediaeval crusades, when Cyprus acted as a base for the crusaders.
Cyprus is famous for its climate. With over 320 days of sunshine a year, it has long been a popular walking holiday destination for holidaymakers. Winters are short in Cyprus making the island an ideal year round destination.
It doesn’t take much to get away from Cyprus’ popular coastal resorts to experience a very different culture and lifestyle that’s has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
Birthplace of Aphrodite
Cyprus is well known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. The intense blue of the sea and sky makes it easy to appreciate how the legend of Aphrodite started here.
The concept of 'footpaths' or 'bridleways' doesn't exist in Cyprus. You're free to walk just about anywhere you choose and you'll almost always get a welcome.
If you find areas fenced off, don't go there. Otherwise walk where you will and enjoy the Cyprus' countryside
When it comes to walking holidays, in Cyprus you’re spoiled for choice.
The Forestry department of Cyprus has created 48 paths or trails which cover a total distance of 200km in various parts of the Island, from Cape Greco in the east to the Akamas in the west.
A section of the 10,000km long European E4 long distance path traverses Cyprus. The Cyprus section of the E4 is 539 km long and connects Larnaca and Paphos international airports, traversing the Troodos mountain range and Akamas peninsula.
The paths and trails cover areas of rich vegetation and cultural interest. They have been constructed on gentle gradients and are as a rule, circular so that all age groups can use them with ease. They are very well signposted and many have been networked and grouped in areas.
Walking in the Akamas
The Akamas Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ideal for a walking holiday – deep gorges, a wild landscape and wide sandy bays.
The Akamas is also an area of great biodiversity and ecological significance. It is home to 530 plant species, a third of the total for Cyprus, 126 of which are endemic to Cyprus. The variety of fauna is equally impressive – 168 birds, 12 mammals, 20 reptiles and 16 butterfly species.
The Akamas is an unspoilt wild place thanks to its inaccessibility. At Lara Bay, there is an important turtle breeding site – home to two endangered turtle species – the green turtle and the hawks-bill turtle.
The importance of the Akamas Peninsula is recognised far beyond the shores of Cyprus. The European Council has included the Akamas Peninsula within its Mediterranean protection programme.
Tips for walkers in Cyprus
- Wear footwear suitable for walking on cross country terrain
- Wear a hat and sunglasses and carry along ample supply of water
- Entrance to monasteries and churches is permitted only to suitably attired persons
- Respect the property of others
- Avoid any disturbance and destruction
- Do not leave litter
- Show consideration for animals and wildlife and avoid disturbing them in their natural surroundings
- Leave flowers and plants where they grow
- Take care not to cause fires
- In Cyprus there are eight species of snakes, of which only one is dangerous to humans. In case of a snake bite by the “Vipera lebetina”, medical attention should be sought immediately. Wells and other water sources are the most locations to find snakes.
- Picnic sites provide sanitary facilities and drinking water, and most include facilities for barbecues
- When attempting to walk over remote mountain/rural areas it is hiqhly recommended to have access to a mobile phone