Walking in Cyprus
Cyprus is perfect for walking holidays
Cyprus is ideal for walking holidays. From the fascinating coastline to the high mountains, there’s every sort of terrain and countryside to enjoy. And with no ‘rights of way’ issues to worry about, you can explore at will.
Be prepared and enjoy yourself
As with any outdoor activity, its best to be prepared. Think about:
Country tracks in Cyprus can be rough, so a good pair of boots will protect your feet.
The sun can lead to dehydration, so carry plenty of liquid with you. If you’re into remote countryside, take some food too.
A hat will keep the full force of the sun off your face and neck.
Sun protection cream is a good idea – the blue skies can lead to sunburn very quickly – especially in the clear mountain air.
Mobile phones work pretty much everywhere in Cyprus – even in the most of the more remote regions. Carry one in case anything goes amiss.
Rambling Around in Historic Cyprus’ by Geoff Fryatt. A really good guide describing circular walks that take in some of Cyprus’ most interesting places.
There are a number of nature trails around Stavros tis Psokas and the north of the Akamas near Latsi and Neo Chorio, and then the wide open countryside you’re free to explore.
Cyprus is a part of the route of the E4 European long distance path that starts in Gibraltar and ends in Cyprus. The entire route is 10,450 kilometres of which the Cyprus section is 640 kilometres long.
In Cyprus, the E4 follows a cross country route through some of the most scenic areas on the west of the island including both the Akamas and Paphos forest.
Try the section running from Peyia to the Baths of Aphrodite. Taking in both Lara and the Akamas, the scenery is wild and rugged. In springtime, you’ll see lots of wild flowers.
Another interesting section of the Cyprus E4 long distance path is from Stavros tis Psokas to Lysos. A 28km long section, this part of the route follows the Stavros tis Psokas river where you might get lucky and see a wild moufflon.
After reaching the deserted village of Sarama, the route ascends through several other deserted villages and finally comes out at Lysos village where you can enjoy a drink and a snack.
A villa holiday is an ideal way to enjoy walking in Cyprus. Spend your days in the countryside, then relax and enjoy a barbecue in the garden in the evening.
‘Wild Flowers of Cyprus’ by George Sfikas. Great to have in your rucksack, this book will almost always answer the question ‘What’s that plant?’