|Hiking and Trekking in Cyprus
The island of Cyprus is a walker's paradise. From the hillside paths that wind around the Troodos Mountains to coastal paths and marked nature trails, the island truly has hikes and treks to suit every level of ability. Several hiking and trekking guidebooks are available on the island describing a variety of walks from easy one and two-mile circuits to strenuous all-dayers. If you don't want the challenge of navigating your way around the island, guided group walks are also available on Cyprus.
The area around Platres in the Troodos Mountains offers a unique insight into the beautiful Cypriot countryside. Dirt tracks weave in and out of the cool shade provided by the lush pine forests. There are quaint villages, waterfalls, reservoirs, old mines and a feast of spectacular viewpoints to enjoy up here. Walks that take in historic sites can be organized too, one of the most impressive being the long trek to Phini which passes the Trooditissa Monastery.
The Akamas Peninsula to the southwest of the island is another breathtaking destination in which to enjoy a hiking vacation. The hills here are not as high as in the Troodos Mountains, but they make for good hiking terrain nonetheless. Routes that take in the rocky shoreline near Paphos, as well as capes, hidden coves, forests and the Baths of Aphrodite attract thousands of hikers each year to this part of Cyprus.
Hiking and trekking on Cyprus can be enjoyed all year round, although the winter rains in the Troodos Mountains can make hiking in this area a little more difficult at times. A hat and sun cream are a must too as the sun is strong, even in November. It is also worth noting that the terrain is often rough so good hiking boots and a walking stick are advisable.