Want to make the most of the glorious natural world this spring? Then look no further than the Cyprus Walking Festival, 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 7th

 

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.

 

Cyprus Walking Festival

 

This walk combines three trails in a circular route, 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: 5, 3 km, 2,5 hours

 

2. A Saintly Experience
Episkopis and Apollo Hylates trails: Limassol district 
March 11th and March 14th 

 

Boasting countless ancient sites to see, there are few places to get better acquainted with the island’s past than Limassol. This walk gives you the chance to escape from the town centre and familiarise yourselves with the area that stretches well beyond the famous Curium archaeological site.

 

 

Starting off 700 metres from the Episkopi Gymnasium, you’ll get to follow a path that goes near the early Christian Basilica outside the walls of the Curium archaeological site and through the ancient stadium, ending across the from the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates; an ancient monument dedicated to the God of Apollo who was thought to be the protector of Curium.

Degree of difficulty: 1- Easy trail suitable for all ages and fitness levels
Duration of walk: 5.4 km, 3 hours

 

3. The Wild West
Smigies trail: Akamas, Paphos district
March 18th and 21st

 

Come springtime, the Cyprus countryside is at its most beautiful – blanketed in vibrant green and dotted with wildflowers as far as the eye can see. And if you want to catch a glimpse of some of the best flora on the island, you’ve simply got to traverse the wild and wonderful Akamas peninsula.

 

 

This organised walk starts off at the Smigies picnic site, 2,5 kilometres from the charming Neo Chorio; prepare to be taken aback by beautiful views of the peninsula with gorgeous greenery reaching down to the deep blue.

Degree of difficulty: 2- Moderate degree of difficulty, suitable for adults with a moderate to good state of physical fitness. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill) and/or course on narrow or rough terrain.
Duration of walk: 5km, 2 hours


4. Into Times Past

Fikardou – Archontides restaurant trail: Fikardou village, Nicosia district
March 28th

 

You’ll take in the brilliant aroma 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?

 

 

This walk will start off from the church of Fikardou village – one that only has a handful of residents in its old medieval houses – and you’ll head out into nature to enjoy magnificent views of Nicosia and the surrounding areas.

Degree of difficulty: 2 – Moderate degree of difficulty, suitable for adults with a moderate to good state of physical fitness. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill) and/or course on narrow or rough terrain.
Duration of walk:  2,5 hours

 

 

5. Up to the highest heights
Kato Amiantos – Loumata to Aeton trail: Troodos
April 22nd and April 29th

Giving you the chance to get better acquainted with all things magical in the Troodos peaks, there has been a great deal of hype about this part of the mountains of late, home to the glistening so-called Amiantos ‘diamond lake’, officially named ‘Loumata ton Aeton’.

Not for the faint-hearted, this trail taking you past one of Cyprus’ most stunning lakes is a slightly tricky one. Starting off from the main Kato Amiandos – Karvounas village road, the linear 2.5 km trail follows a relatively gentle uphill course beside the ‘Loumada’ river, and when you’re starting off on your walk, you can take in beautiful views of Kyperounta village and the Amiandos mine, where restoration works are evident.

 

Photo: Cyprus from Air

Expect sudden changes in the morphology and a climb that takes you through untouched forest land and you’ll also spot a hideout used for the 1955-59 liberation struggle.

Degree of difficulty: 2,5 – Quite difficult, suitable for adults with a good state of physical fitness. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill) and/or course on narrow or rough terrain.
Duration of walk:  5km, 2,5 hours

Click here for the full schedule as well as details for reservations, meeting times, and further info on organised transport.