Cyprus Walking Festival

Want to make the most of the glorious natural world this spring? Then look no further than the 2nd Cyprus Walking Festival that is currently giving nature lovers great reason to rejoice, with a number of organised walking tours around the island.

All geared towards different fitness levels, it’s a special mix that has been put together by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Forestry Department.

Read on as My Cyprus Insider highlights a few of the walks that are bound to excite you, with difficulty levels marked below.

1. The Beachy Treat
Aphrodite Trail: Cape Greco, Ayia Napa
March 22nd

Some say that the Cape Greco National Park on the south eastern coast of Cyprus is hands down one of the most beautiful spots on the island. And rightly so. With a rocky headland that defiantly juts out into the deep blue Mediterranean waters that make our island so very famous, spring is an ideal time to explore the dreamy area of unspoilt natural beauty on foot.

The 2km Aphrodite nature trail stretches along the north-east coast of Cape Greko, with plenty of spots to stop and take in the view. And don’t forget your camera, as you’ll most likely want to take some fab snaps of the tiny whitewashed church of Agioi Anargyri with steps that lead down to the sea. And when your feet tire? There are plenty of benches around the area to kick back and enjoy the panoramic view.

Degree of difficulty: 1- Easy trail suitable for all ages and fitness levels
Duration of walk: 1 hour, 2 km
For reservations, meeting times, and further info on organised transport
tel: (+357) 23721796

Cyprus Walking Festival

 

2. A Saintly Experience
Panagia tou Araka: Stavros tou Agiasmati Trail, Troodos Mountains
March 25th and 29th

You’ll take in the brilliant whiff of pines, walk past gorgeous almond trees with blossoms calling out to greet you, and get to spot traditional houses that have defied the hands of time. Sound like your idea of fun? It doesn’t end here, as you’ll also get to see the island’s UNESCO World Cultural Heritage at its best as the churches of Panagia tou Araka and Stavros tou Agiasmati beckon the curious visitor into a world of spiritual splendour.

 

Panagia tou Araka

 

Dating back to the 12th and 15th century AD respectfully,  step inside these quaint buildings and you’ll find yourselves ogling at colourful frescoes depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, saints and sinners and, interestingly enough, portraits of the earthly patrons and ladies of the church. As a whole, both churches are part of ten painted Byzantine churches in the Troodos region that have been awarded the distinction of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

 

Panagia tou Araka

 

Degree of difficulty: 3- High degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in good, to very good fitness levels
Duration of walk: 5 hours
For reservations, meeting times and further info on organised transport
tel: (+357) 25362756

3. Pretty as a Picture
Venetian Bridges Trail: Kaminaria Village – Elias Bridge – Tzelefos Bridge, Paphos Forest
April 15th and 19th

If you’ve never really had the chance to take in the splendour of the island’s elegant Venetian bridges, then now is a brilliant chance to do so. Standing testament to our rich cultural and historical heritage and nestled in the rich greenery of the Paphos forest, this walk should certainly prove to be inspiring. Kicking off at the start of the peaceful village of Kaminaria, you’ll get to treck through magnificent nature and areas of dense pines with panoramic views to really get your heart racing as you head towards the stone bridges of Elia and Tzelefos.

 

Venetian Bridges Trail

 

With the latter being the most famous, it really is a sight to see, with its beautiful arch so often gracing postcards and brochures promoting the island. Crossing the Dhiarizos River, it’s not far from Arminou and is a spot so peaceful that you’ll instantly feel any worry and stress wash away. Rather dreamy, with the gurgling waters that pass beneath it, it’s the perfect spot to stop and catch your breath, while all arty types might want to return to the spot on another day for some proper time out, to take pictures of the area or perhaps get creative with a good old paint brush.

 

Venetian Bridges Trail

 

Degree of difficulty: 3- High degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in good, to very good fitness levels
Duration of walk: 5 hours, 7.1km
For reservations, meeting times and further info on organised transport
tel: (+357) 25362756

 

Please note that reservation is required for all walks, regardless of whether you opt for organised transportation by bus or use your own means to arrive at the starting point of the trail. For more information on transport and other great walks that you can take within the framework of the 2nd Cyprus Walking Festival visit http://bit.ly/1GxMCXq

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