Summer may be gorgeous in Cyprus, but once the really intense heat of the summer subsides, it makes for the perfect time for an outdoor adventure. Whether you fancy a quick escape or would love to delight in village traditions in quaint areas around the island, My Cyprus Insider has a few suggestions to keep you busy!
1. Put your feet up for the night in the countryside
Most of us living in Cyprus tend to always escape the daily grind with great weekends away in the summer months, then slipping into a slightly lazier mode come autumn and winter. But the fact of the matter is, now is an absolutely fabulous time of year to enjoy a fun break in the countryside, with the weather neither too hot or too cold for rural shenanigans. With countless Agrotourism hotels around the country calling out for attention, just visit the official Agrotourism website
2. Get your heart racing on a long walk
With plenty of nature trails weaving their way across the Cyprus countryside, this is a great time to get those walking shoes on and put your best foot forward. From Cape Greco National Park in the east of the island, to the Akamas peninsula in the west, most trails have been landscaped on gentle gradients and are circular. They are all well signposted at the start, with additional wooden signposts along the way often pointing towards specific flora and notable geological features along the route. Find out more about the nature trails around the island here.
3. Familiarise yourselves with local produce at a village festival
Want to celebrate the culture of the island in true village fashion? Then the autumn has some great things in store for you, with a few festivals characterized by heaps of sweet delights and plenty of merriment. On October 13th-14th, make your way to the village of Kyperounta where an apple festival will be bringing the place to life with celebrations paying homage to the various varieties of apples grown in Cyprus. Not only will you be able to try all sorts of produce on the spot, but you can also take plenty of goodies home with you, including fresh apple juice and apple cider vinegar.
There will also be seminars taking place about the health benefits of apples and more, as well as plenty of entertainment. What’s more, you can set your sights on an apple photography exhibition, as well as traditional and contemporary tools used in the cultivation of apples.
Where and when? Kyperounta Square. October 13th- 14th. 11am – 8pm.
4. Have a feast at one of the island’s many picnic sites
Once the autumn leaves begin to cover the ground in a blanket of crimson hues, there are plenty of great sites around the island to take your picnic basket, indulging you taste buds and your senses away from the incessant buzz of the island’s main cities. With Platania in the Troodos district standing as one of the island’s most popular picnic sites, what many people don’t realise is that the island is dotted with fabulous places to enjoy an outdoor feast, from the gorgeous Xyliatos, to the breathtaking Stavros tis Psokas, and the list goes on. Just combine good food with a dose of fresh air and voila it’s pretty much the perfect autumn day out. Read more about some great picnic sites around the island here
5. Wash all your stress away at a gorgeous waterfall
Beach season may be over, but who says you can’t splash about a little in the mountains? Most people know about the gorgeous Caledonia falls, but Milomeri is also a great option – actually the highest in the country – with the water falling from a height of 20 metres. Situated in the Kryos Potamos river bed southeast of Pano Platres at an altitude of 980 metres, it’s surrounded by a density of pines much like Caledonia, but the difference with this particularly cool spot is that you don’t have to embark on any trek to get here if you don’t wish to walk much.
Then there’s Chandara Falls, surrounded by the Trooditissa National Forest, located on the Trooditissa river bed north of the village of Fini, at an altitude of 1035 metres and dropping from a height of 8 metres. Read more about gorgeous waterfalls in Cyprus here