Rural Cyprus self-guided walking holiday

“A week-long self-guided walking holiday tailored just for you, with GPS navigation and cosy guesthouse accommodation. This is unspoilt, traditional Cyprus at its finest.”

Highlights

Lysos Village | Latchi | Akamas Peninsula | Baths of Aphrodite | Adonis Trail | Lara Bay | Witches Gorge | Optional: Avakas Gorge hike

Description of Rural Cyprus self-guided walking holiday

Get away from it all and enjoy all that rural Cyprus has to offer by exploring the scenic north west of the island on foot. In this quiet unspoilt corner of (Southern) Cyprus, prepare to be dazzled by an abundance of wild flowers, many of them indigenous to the island including over 40 species of orchids. Fill your nostrils with the heady scent of wild herbs clinging to the rocks in hidden gorges and feel free to help yourself to seasonal fruit and nuts growing by the trail side. Whether it be almonds, oranges, juicy figs or plums, the locals are happy for you to sample their wonderful produce and will often give you a bag of fruit to take home.

The myriad of gravel and forest tracks used by farmers, together with nature trails and sections of the long distance E4 trail that crosses the island, offer a wide variety of scenery on walks that range from 12km up to 22km. Armed with a pre-loaded GPS unit acting as your personal guide, you can forget having to stare at route notes and instead enjoy the various highlights: the secret gorgeous gorge deep in the forest; Skarfos Venetian bridge; a traditional artisan museum; the ubiquitous Cypriot village coffee shop; spectacular views from the highest point on the Akamas peninsula and even take time out to sample some fine local wine at Vasilikon winery. There is also an option (additional cost) to explore the dramatic Avakas gorge, weather permitting.

As for wildlife, look out for the shy and elusive Moufflon, the indigenous wild sheep that roams the forest trails, foxes and rabbits in the many valleys, a plethora of lizards in all shapes and sizes and perhaps one of the seven species of snake that inhabit the island. We give you a full briefing on what to expect, so if you are frightened of snakes, don't be as they are usually more scared of you!

The best time to enjoy the best of the colourful flora including the orchids is during spring between March and May, but your self-guided walking trip in Cyprus can be taken at any time of the year. We recommend however, avoiding the intense heat of summer during July and August unless you wish to add other activities such as watersports or mountain biking and you are willing to start walking at sunrise when the air is still cool even if the temperature is in the late 20s! Trips can be tailored to suit - shorter or longer, mixed with other activities if required.

After a day's walking, satisfy your hunger with traditional home-cooked food including local specialities like beef stifado, kleftiko (lamb cooked in a clay oven), or yemista - baked stuffed vegetables, all lovingly cooked using the freshest ingredients picked from the fields that morning. Whether you are vegetarian, a meat lover or a pescatorian, there is something delicious waiting for you here in Cyprus

Come to North west (Southern) Cyprus, breathe in nature, exploring the region on two legs and leave the car and your troubles behind.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rural Cyprus self-guided walking holiday

Environment

Our self-guided walking trip through scenic north west Cyprus uses gravel forest trails and often deserted, part-unmade backroads only accessible to farm vehicles, allowing the preservation of flora, fauna and wildlife. Guests are encouraged to act responsibly and to leave no litter behind them.

The Cyprus Moufflon, a wild sheep indigenous to the island, is a site to behold if you are lucky enough to see one in the forest areas, especially a male sporting a majestic set of horns, giving the appearance more akin to an Ibex. Formerly endangered, the Moufflon is now protected, even though local hunters have been known to shoot them. There are between 2500-3000 Moufflon roaming the Paphos forest region usually in groups of 4-5 at a time, so if you hear a rustling in the trees, stay quiet and you may see some Moufflon close by.

Water is a precious commodity as Cyprus prefers to rely on environmentally natural rainfall for its water needs rather than use the desalination units across the island. We encourage guests to save water wherever possible, to recycle anything they can and we provide refillable water bottles to eliminate plastic waste.

All communication is done electronically via e-mail or Skype eliminating the need for paper and we laminate all route guide notes that accompany the GPS units for multiple re-use.

Community

Accommodation is in small family run hotels that are grateful for our support during "low season" months (October to end May), the perfect time for walking when the weather is cooler. All food is sourced locally and we encourage guests to use village tavernas to sample traditional home-cooked food served by family members (including the children) rather than coastal tourist restaurants, often staffed by foreigners.

We work with local partners to offer optional extra activities if required, including horse riding, watersports, a rejuvenating yoga or meditation class or even a massage. Businesses offering a personal service like ourselves survive by working together as a community and we are proud to be part of that local community which is what makes Cyprus such a unique country to live in.

Our route guide information cards offer suggestions on where to stop for lunch, whether it be a coffee shop or village taverna, as well as optional purchases to be made such as good quality wine from a local winery or perhaps a traditional souvenir such as a lace or leather item. We only recommend places and items we visit or have bought ourselves, helping to support the local community.

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