Cyprus self-guided walking, North & South

“A fully flexible walking exploration of the two sides of Cyprus, with unspoiled scenery, warm hospitality and delicious food all part of the pleasure.”

Highlights

Self guided walks | flexible number of nights | flexible itinerary | self-guided tours of Paphos, Nicosia and Kyrenia | Polis | boat trip to Fontana Amoroza | Ineia | Lara Beach | Agio Georgios | Kato Paphos Archeological Park | Aphrodite/Adonis Trail | Troodos Mountains | Kykkos Monastery | Artemis Trail | Platres Village | Nicosia | Kyrenia | Bellapais | Five Finger mountains | Panayia Absinthiotissa monastery | Buffavento Crusader Castle | Karpaz Peninsula | Kantara crusader castle | St Hilarion Castle

Description of Cyprus self-guided walking, North & South

A unique Cyprus self guided walking holiday combining the best of the north and south. Cyprus is just a four and a half hour flight to Larnaca from the UK. Eighty years of British rule has left its mark, with driving on the left and English widely spoken. Cypriots, whether in the south or the north, are among the world’s most welcoming people. ‘Nobody comes to Cyprus once’ is an island saying, and when you return, even years later, you will be greeted warmly like an old friend.

We combine the best of the two parts of this divided island, very different in character. Comprehensive commentaries are included in the trail booklets to enhance your understanding and enjoyment. Our walks take you through beautiful landscapes of extraordinary contrasts, from spectacular mountain tops to secluded valleys, from archaeological sites to traditional villages with an unspoilt coastline never far away. In the spring, the island is pleasantly warm and on the hills you will find countryside awash with floral colour, carpets of wild flowers at your feet, including 43 species of orchid.

In the Turkish North are splendid ridge walks and stunning panoramic views from mountains crowned with crusader castles and ancient monasteries. In the Greek South, walks range from a circuit of Mount Olympus in the Troodos mountains, to explorations of the beautiful Akamas Peninsula in the west.

Highlights include soaking up the sun as you walk along mountain ridges, marvelling at views as far away as the Troodos mountains in the south and the Turkish coastline to the north. Explore spectacular crusader castles, ancient monasteries and byzantine churches. Learn about the island’s historical and cultural legacy and sample authentic cuisine. Enjoy the friendly hospitality of small family run hotels. Unwind as you sip a glass of something cool on your terrace, watching the sun sink into a distant sea. Tuck into fine dining at our hotel at Bellapais and contrasting lively tavernas and fish restaurants in Polis.

The climate is splendidly Mediterranean with almost constant sunshine throughout the year. The walks in our programme are graded either ‘easy’ (up to five miles a day) or ‘moderate’ (up to nine miles a day) with a choice of walks. The number of nights is flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. The itinerary is intended as a guide.

In the north, stay at Bellapais, once Lawrence Durrell’s home and the setting for ‘Bitter Lemons’. Stay at an excellent boutique hotel set in lush Cypriot gardens next to the Abbey and set just above Kyrenia. In the south you stay near Polis, a small town of character situated on the Akamas Peninsula in a beautiful region of hills, valleys, harbours and rocky shores. Stay at a superbly located hotel overlooking the sea, a 20 minute walk from Polis. The hotel produces its own organic orange juice, honey and other produce straight from the hotel’s gardens and orchards.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cyprus self-guided walking, North & South

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel, keeping environmental impact to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we use public transport or local transport companies. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits sustainable tourism can bring to local economies. We therefore focus the main part of our walks in Cyprus in areas that are as much as possible off the beaten track, providing our clients with authentic experiences removed from mass tourism. The small hotels we use in Bellapais and Polis have been in the ownership of the same family for generations and employ staff from the local community.

Our chosen hotels have a strong environmental ethos with low-profile design. Guests are encouraged to avoid changing towels unnecessarily.

We do not print brochures, keeping customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. All clients are sent our publication on Responsible Tourism with a guide as to how they can best achieve this. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.

Community

We support local projects, craftsmen and artisans; for example, a popular feature of our Cyprus walking holidays, is a visit to a small rural village to watch demonstrations of cheese-making, bread making and other traditional skills in which walkers can participate. They also have opportunities to buy locally-produced crafts, thus providing much-needed revenue to these small communities.

We use small privately-run hotels like the Bellapais hotel which has been run by the same family for generations. They employ only local staff. We recommend local restaurants for dinners and lunches, establishments preparing their menus from locally grown produce purchased from local farming families who have worked the land for centuries. When packed lunches are required, we recommend local bakeries, delicatessens and fruiterers for our supplies.

We use local transport companies and their drivers for airport transfers. We liaise with local tourist offices and employ knowledgeable local guides when required, for example to Nicosia, to ensure our clients benefit from specialist local knowledge. We believe that we have made valuable economic contributions to local rural businesses, bringing them repeat business, and it is our aim to continue to do so.

We enjoy good relationships with our hoteliers and other local suppliers, thus ensuring a warm welcome for our clients.

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