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En toute saison Chypre offre de multiples opportunités de découvrir quelque chose de nouveau, intéressant et excitant au travers des activités, évènements, traditions et lieux uniques et typique de l’ile.

 
 

En toute saison Chypre offre de multiples opportunités de découvrir quelque chose de nouveau, intéressant et excitant au travers des activités, évènements, traditions et lieux uniques et typique de l’ile.

 
 

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Most people think of Cyprus as a quiet and relaxing island of the Mediterranean, bathed in endless sunshine and surrounded by crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches. And they’re right.

In Cyprus, you’ll hardly find non-sunny days. The winter is quite mild, with minimal rainfall and cloudless skies. As for its culture and ancient heritage, the island boasts one of the oldest civilizations in Europe, with countless archaeological sights, monuments and museums to explore.

Yet, Cyprus offers visitors way more than history, sea and sun. It is a unique adventure-packed getaway where you can experience extraordinary all-year-round holiday activities. You just need to see the island from a new perspective and discover its hidden thrill-evoking gems. The range of activities is only limited by your imagination and thirst for adventure.



Adventure Travel in Cyprus

Cyprus offers an abundance of outdoor pursuits to people who want to step out of their comfort zone and test their physical strength and limits.

Dive into the world-famous Zenobia Wreck, one of the top ten wreck dives in the Mediterranean. Feed your adventurous soul with an enthralling canoe and kayak experience at the scenic Germasogeia dam, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush nature.

Practice your balance skills and unwind your mind while reveling by the magnificent Dasoudi coastline and the warm weather on a SUP board. Climb to the top of Machairas (Kionia) mountain and enjoy panoramic views of rich and diverse landscapes.

Bike through charming villages and experience the Cypriot “philoxenia” - the heartfelt, hospitable welcome that makes you feel at home. Go hiking across the southern coastline and through the majestic Troodos Mountains’ lush forests to unravel mesmerizing coves, hidden waterfalls and a plethora of cultural treasures.

Indulge in the view of pristine natural beauty and the calm azure sea waters of the blue-flagged Kourion Beach on horseback. Lose yourself in the vibrant, warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon at Akamas Peninsula, Cyprus’ exotic and romantic aquatic paradise.

Stray from the beaten track and try rock climbing at the stunning Cape Greco National Park (Kavo Gkreko) in Ayia Napa, taking in the endless blue of the Mediterranean Sea. In Cyprus, adventure-packed holidays are a given. You just need to choose the length and level of it.

Whether you’re a solo traveller, a group of friends, a family or a couple, you are sure to find vigorous activities to boost your physical and mental health and make you feel exhilarated, excited and challenged - all at once!


A Natural Landscape, Perfect for Fun & Active Holidays

Cyprus abounds with beautiful natural scenery and diverse landscapes suitable for sports and outdoor activities of all kinds. Not many islands in Europe combine rolling mountains, rugged headlands, unspoiled fragrant forests, nature trails, limestone crags, waterfalls and glittering coasts - all in a small, blessed place.

These magical moments are adorned by the presence of the smiling sun, shining bright over our island around 300 days a year! Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Cyprus promises all-year-round outdoor experiences that will remain etched in your memory forever. It’s no wonder why activity enthusiasts across Europe applaud Cyprus’ wealth of adventurous pursuits!

There are more than 30 designated walking trails where nature lovers can discover a treasure trove of varied fauna and flora and loads of fascinating cycling routes crossing Lemesos (Limassol), Larnaca (Larnaka), Lefkosia (Nicosia), Troodos and Paphos (Pafos). It’s a relatively small island, so you can check out all of its natural wonders, even if you only choose a specific activity.



European Outdoor Fanatics Seek Out The Great Adventure in Cyprus

Europeans love embarking upon adventure holidays to have fun, spend time in nature and push their limits. They might go on long activity vacations or weekend trips within Europe to places that offer exciting hiking trails and cycling tours that induce adrenaline.

In particular, the number of German outdoor enthusiasts who visit Cyprus for hiking, climbing and biking during all seasons is increasing rapidly.

It’s not only the mild weather, the unspoiled natural beauty and the variety of outdoor activity options. Cyprus is also easily accessible from Europe’s major airports, and the flights are reasonably priced. Thus, the perfect destination for adventure lovers of all types and ages.

Looking for a fantastic way to get to know Cyprus while also testing your physical limits?

Visit Cyprus for hiking, biking, and rock climbing, and you’ll build up a rich repertoire of stories to share with your friends back home.
 



Hiking in Cyprus

The mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, is a paradise for hikers. A peaceful place with more than 11,000 years in its natural environs - all yours to explore!

Tourists flock to Cyprus from all over the world to discover landscapes with astonishing sea views, traditional villages, fertile plains and lavish coniferous forests. At the same time, you will get to enjoy opulent sunsets and warm weather.

The island offers a great variety of easily accessible hiking trails that steer visitors to some of the best corners of Cyprus. Natural beauty, remnants of history and rich culture surround you in every direction.

The sign-posted walking trails and ancient footpaths highlight Cyprus’ deep rooted beauty and its strong Mediterranean character. Hikers love trekking through the island’s placid villages with cobbled streets and stone houses, modest monasteries and fragrant vineyards.

Trails range in difficulty and length, from 3 km to 176 km. Maps, itineraries and guidebooks are available at the tourist information offices in Cyprus’ big cities and online.

So, lace up your hiking boots, grab a walking stick and start exploring Cyprus on foot!


Tips to get prepared for Hiking in Cyprus

Cyprus has hiking trails for outdoor fanatics of all fitness levels. With appropriate planning, the right tools, and an appetite for adventure, you can enjoy a pleasant and safe hike.

Leave behind any stressful thoughts, obligations, work emails, and heavy schedules and enjoy the journey. But before you hit the trail, check out these top hints for casual strolls or hikes on steep slopes.

  1. Plan the hike ahead. Head to VisitCyprus to choose among over 50 designated thematic routes, including nature trails, wine routes, religious routes, cultural routes and more. You’ll find all the information you need to plan your hiking adventure in detail. Based on your trekking experience and mood, you can pick among easy, moderate or more challenging routes to explore. Alternatively, opt for the guided hiking tours running across the island throughout the year.
  2. Design your route according to the season. Temperatures in Cyprus can exceed 40°C during summertime. Choose short and easy trails along the coastline and long walks in Troodos’ pathways from June to August. Always remember to have sunscreen, glasses, a sun hat, plenty of water and some Cypriot raisins for an energy boost.
  3. Research in advance for drinking water sources in remote areas. Plan your stops for lunch and water well in advance, especially when hiking in remote areas like the Troodos Mountains or the Akamas peninsula.
  4. Take with you the right gear. Pick comfortable and breathable clothing that helps you keep warm in winter or cool off for the hot summer months. Opt for clothes of vivid colors that offer adequate sun protection. If you go for Cyprus’ rocky trails and steep slopes, put on a reliable pair of walking shoes.


Who can go hiking in Cyprus?

Cyprus features hiking and walking trails for all ages to explore. You can go hiking alone, with your partner, friends, family and children, or a group of like-minded hikers. There are easy, moderate and hard trails to follow based on your hiking experience.



Top Hiking Trails in Cyprus

Caledonia (Kalidonia) Waterfall Trail - Limassol District, Troodos Forest Nature Trail

This unique trail passes through the dense forest of Troodos Mountain - an oasis full of dazzling pine trees, wild roses and golden oaks. It runs alongside burbling streams and the “Krios Potamos.” The view of one of Cyprus’ tallest waterfalls in the heart of Troodos is breathtaking. Along the way, hikers may get carried away by the stunning views of the valley below until they reach “Psilo Dentro” in Pano Platres.

  • Difficulty: Difficult. Suitable for seasoned hikers and families with older children.
  • Length: 3 km (linear)
  • Estimated duration: 1.5 hrs
  • Highest peak altitude: 1,571 m
  • Trailhead: Troodos Platres road

Insider Tip: Best to visit From March to October. While hiking, you can take a closer look at the endemic plants, such as the Purple Rock Cress (Arabis purpurea) and Aphrodite’s spurge (Euphorbia veneris).
 

Aphrodite & Adonis Nature Trail - Paphos District, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

A fantastic opportunity for hikers to take in the most sensational views of the glittering Mediterranean, Blue Lagoon, Cape Arnaoutis, Polis Chrysochous and Paphos Forest. Revel in nature’s magical beauty while hiking across Cyprus’ western peninsula featuring a chalk-white limestone coast. That’s one of the most popular walks and a great trail to fill your suitcase with beautiful memories!

The nature trail passes through the Baths of Aphrodite (Loutra tis Afroditis), where the Goddess of Love used to take her baths and met her lover, Adonis. In a short distance, hikers can admire the ruins of Queen’s Tower (Pyrgos tis Rigainas) that belong to a medieval monastery. Near the remnants of the tower, there’s a 500-year old oak tree and a faucet with drinking water.

  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Length: 7,5 km (circular)
  • Estimated duration: 3 - 4 hrs
  • Highest peak altitude: 333 m
  • Trailhead: Baths of Aphrodite

Insider Tip: Visit the Botanical Gardens of Akamas close to the trail’s starting point and smell the sweet fragrances of colorful blossoms in the spring. Along the way, you’ll find several benches to get some rest, marvel at incredible views and unwind.


Kannoures Nature Trail to Kakopetria
- Limassol District, Troodos Forest Nature Trail

A trail located within the virgin Troodos National Forest Park - ideal for more experienced hikers. It starts at Karkotis River, crosses the magnificent Solea valley, and ends in Kakopetria. On the way, you can rest at Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis church that boasts exquisite frescoes from the 12th century. This sacred site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.

  • Difficulty: Difficult. Difficult downhill trail
  • Length: 12 km (linear)
  • Estimated duration: 4 hrs
  • Highest peak altitude: 1,654 m
  • Trailhead: The main road of Karvounas

Insider Tip: The trail is suitable for dogs, but you should keep them on a leash.


Germasogeia Dam Nature Trail (Phoinikaria)
- Limassol District

A trail around a beautiful valley located just 20 minutes away from the city of Limassol. The circular route passes through the eastern hills of Limassol district, offering lovely views of Foinikaria village, the Germasogeia dam, Limassol and Akrotiri. The terrain is relatively smooth and wide but becomes fairly rocky at points, with several mild uphill and downhill pathways.

The rural scenery features olive trees, wildflowers, pine trees and indigenous wild bushes. Close to the trail, the Foinikaria picnic area provides hikers with water supply, wooden benches to rest, and a playground for little hikers.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 1,5 km (linear)
  • Estimated duration: 0.5 hrs
  • Trailhead: The road at Foinikaria village that leads to Prastio village.

Insider Tip: Best time to visit is between February and June, when there’s plenty of water in the dam.

 

 
Most people think of Cyprus as a quiet and relaxing island of the Mediterranean, bathed in endless sunshine and surrounded by crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches. And they’re right.

In Cyprus, you’ll hardly find non-sunny days. The winter is quite mild, with minimal rainfall and cloudless skies. As for its culture and ancient heritage, the island boasts one of the oldest civilizations in Europe, with countless archaeological sights, monuments and museums to explore.

Yet, Cyprus offers visitors way more than history, sea and sun. It is a unique adventure-packed getaway where you can experience extraordinary all-year-round holiday activities. You just need to see the island from a new perspective and discover its hidden thrill-evoking gems. The range of activities is only limited by your imagination and thirst for adventure.

 

Adventure Travel in Cyprus

Cyprus offers an abundance of outdoor pursuits to people who want to step out of their comfort zone and test their physical strength and limits.

Dive into the world-famous Zenobia Wreck, one of the top ten wreck dives in the Mediterranean. Feed your adventurous soul with an enthralling canoe and kayak experience at the scenic Germasogeia dam, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush nature.

Practice your balance skills and unwind your mind while reveling by the magnificent Dasoudi coastline and the warm weather on a SUP board. Climb to the top of Machairas (Kionia) mountain and enjoy panoramic views of rich and diverse landscapes.

Bike through charming villages and experience the Cypriot “philoxenia” - the heartfelt, hospitable welcome that makes you feel at home. Go hiking across the southern coastline and through the majestic Troodos Mountains’ lush forests to unravel mesmerizing coves, hidden waterfalls and a plethora of cultural treasures.

Indulge in the view of pristine natural beauty and the calm azure sea waters of the blue-flagged Kourion Beach on horseback. Lose yourself in the vibrant, warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon at Akamas Peninsula, Cyprus’ exotic and romantic aquatic paradise.

Stray from the beaten track and try rock climbing at the stunning Cape Greco National Park (Kavo Gkreko) in Ayia Napa, taking in the endless blue of the Mediterranean Sea. In Cyprus, adventure-packed holidays are a given. You just need to choose the length and level of it.

Whether you’re a solo traveller, a group of friends, a family or a couple, you are sure to find vigorous activities to boost your physical and mental health and make you feel exhilarated, excited and challenged - all at once!
 

 

A Natural Landscape, Perfect for Fun & Active Holidays

Cyprus abounds with beautiful natural scenery and diverse landscapes suitable for sports and outdoor activities of all kinds. Not many islands in Europe combine rolling mountains, rugged headlands, unspoiled fragrant forests, nature trails, limestone crags, waterfalls and glittering coasts - all in a small, blessed place.

These magical moments are adorned by the presence of the smiling sun, shining bright over our island around 300 days a year! Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Cyprus promises all-year-round outdoor experiences that will remain etched in your memory forever. It’s no wonder why activity enthusiasts across Europe applaud Cyprus’ wealth of adventurous pursuits!

There are more than 30 designated walking trails where nature lovers can discover a treasure trove of varied fauna and flora and loads of fascinating cycling routes crossing Lemesos (Limassol), Larnaca (Larnaka), Lefkosia (Nicosia), Troodos and Paphos (Pafos). It’s a relatively small island, so you can check out all of its natural wonders, even if you only choose a specific activity.

 

European Outdoor Fanatics Seek Out The Great Adventure in Cyprus

Europeans love embarking upon adventure holidays to have fun, spend time in nature and push their limits. They might go on long activity vacations or weekend trips within Europe to places that offer exciting hiking trails and cycling tours that induce adrenaline.

In particular, the number of German outdoor enthusiasts who visit Cyprus for hiking, climbing and biking during all seasons is increasing rapidly.

It’s not only the mild weather, the unspoiled natural beauty and the variety of outdoor activity options. Cyprus is also easily accessible from Europe’s major airports, and the flights are reasonably priced. Thus, the perfect destination for adventure lovers of all types and ages.

Looking for a fantastic way to get to know Cyprus while also testing your physical limits?

Visit Cyprus for hiking, biking, and rock climbing, and you’ll build up a rich repertoire of stories to share with your friends back home.

 


Cycling in Cyprus

Beautiful and diverse, Cyprus’ terrain lures many cyclists from all over Europe who want to experience epic cycling adventures across scenic, peaceful and car-free routes. The island is a firm favorite for competitive and leisurely cycling, mountain biking and road cycling alike.

Biking enthusiasts get impressed by Cyprus’ varied landscape that can go from steep to flat and from rocky to clay within only a few kilometers.

Ride out into urban, rural, mountainous and coastal roadways packed with a range of natural wonders. Follow the designated cycling routes or venture out on your own biking adventure. Feel the Mediterranean breeze through your hair and get spontaneous; you might end up in a delightfully unexpected place!

The lack of headwinds, the sunny summers and mild winters in Cyprus make cycling an enjoyable activity throughout the year. Yet, spring and autumn are the ideal seasons when the days are long and not overly hot.

Various convenient rides start from Paphos in the west, Limassol in the south and from the capital Nicosia, towards the Troodos Mountain range at the heart of the island. Explore the coastal routes that offer spectacular views of picturesque bays and turquoise waters. Experienced cyclists choose to follow the valleys up to Mount Olympos through the rugged Troodos forest.

Ready to embark on a memorable cycling experience in the land of legends?

MTB & Road Cycling in Cyprus

The mountainous territory and the magnificent Troodos forest routes at high altitudes make Cyprus a great European destination for mountain bikers. The bike trails network at Troodos and Akamas peninsula are easily accessible wherever you’re based in Cyprus. Off-road cyclists can test their technical skills and stamina. The terrain becomes very challenging at certain points along the cycling routes, with steep slopes and rocky surfaces. MTB is allowed in any region of the island.

For road cyclists, Cyprus also features smooth road surfaces, dedicated cycling lanes around big towns, and most importantly, there is hardly any traffic! The cycling routes guide visitors through tranquil forests, archaeological sites, idyllic vineyards, traditional villages and stunning olive groves.

The island boasts 45 cycle routes for outdoor fans:

  • 17 bike trails
  • 23 mountain biking routes
  • 5 road cycling rides



Tips to get prepared for Cycling in Cyprus

Cyprus is a great destination to meet other cycling enthusiasts, take in the beautiful scenery and put your skills to the test.

Once you have booked your cycling holidays on the island, it’s time to get well-prepared to ensure you enjoy your biking adventure to the maximum.

Before you put on your lycra shorts and cycling shoes, check out some top tips that will help you make the most out of your trip, have loads of fun and get back home with a suitcase full of unforgettable experiences!

  1. Outline a tentative cycling plan. Plan and study your trip itinerary and grading before you take your bike on tour in Cyprus. Will you follow your own route or join an organized cycling journey with professional drivers and local guides? Create your cycling bucket list and let Cyprus amaze you with its incredible blend of scenery, culture and history.
  2. Prepare your bike or rent one on the island. Cyprus’ long climbs and steep descents will be challenging not only for your physical strength but also for the bike. Make sure your bike’s gears, brakes, pedals and tires are in good condition before you pack it up to travel. If you do not wish to travel with your own bike, you’ll find many bike rental shops on the island.
  3. Remember to cycle on the left-hand side of the road. Use the street only if there is no cycling lane and always keep your bike on the left-hand side of the road as Cyprus follows the left-hand traffic system. In addition, be aware that cycling on highways is illegal and you might get a fine.
Who can go cycling in Cyprus?

You don’t have to be a cycling pro to explore Cyprus on two wheels. The island features a diverse landscape with thematic routes suitable for all level cyclists . From beginner to more advanced cyclists to families with children, Cyprus will offer you the ultimate biking experience!

Top Cycling Routes in Cyprus

With 45 cycling routes, you will never get enough of Cyprus!

Athalassa National Forest Park Cycling Route , Nicosia
 


 

The Athalassa National Forest Park nestles to the southeast of Nicosia and it is the greenest area within the capital’s territory. The park is surrounded by Aglantzia in the north, Strovolos and Latsia in the southwest, and Geri in the southeast.

It features a 16 km bicycle path passing along a lake and through a stunning eucalyptus-lined forest. It’s a very popular training and recreational cycling area among locals.

The route is fun and relaxing, suitable for cyclists of all skill levels. The surface varies from hard pack to gravel to soft sand and dirt roads.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 16 km
  • Estimated duration: Suitable for all types of bicycles
  • Start point: South of Nicosia park (Lefkosia)
  • End point: East of the Nicosia - Limassol motorway
  • Terrain: Paved road

A Sea of Green and the Coast route, Larnaca - Limassol
 


The route starts in the historic and picturesque village of Tochni in Larnaca District and heads to Choirokoitia - a UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1998. The next stop is Vavla, a traditional village with white-stone houses. Head downward to Lageia and then uphill towards Ora village. Here starts the mountainous terrain of Limassol with the villages of Akapnou, Eptagonia, Arakapas, Dierona, Akrounta and the Germasogeia urban area.

The route passes through the archaeological site of Amathus, where cyclists stop to gaze at the impressive remains of the ancient city-kingdom that dates back to the 4th century BC. The site features public baths, the Agora, the Temple of Aphrodite, several tombs and early Christian basilicas. The cycling route continues along the coast, offering wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the long glistening beaches.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 83,8 km
  • Terrain:Mountain
  • Road surface: Paved
  • Highest point: 688 m
  • Start point: Tochni
  • Loop: Yes. It ends back in the village of Tochni.

Tour of Marathasa Cycling Route, Troodos - Nicosia - Limassol - Paphos
 


 

This fascinating cycling excursion begins in Troodos square and climbs to the west toward Mount Olympos. Next, the route continues downhill to Prodromos village (the highest in Cyprus) and turns right to a pinewood area and Kykkos monastery. Spend some time here exploring one of the most lavish religious sites on the island, dedicated to Virgin Mary. The route continues to Stavros tis Psokas and the breathtaking Cedar Valley.

The fresh air, the beauty of the virgin nature and the lovely architecture of the mountainous villages is an experience you will never forget.

  • Difficulty: Intense
  • Distance: 90,34 km
  • Terrain:Mountain
  • Bike: MTB or road bike with low gear ratios
  • Highest point: 1824 m
  • Elevation gain: 4746 m
  • Start point: Troodos square
  • Loop: Yes

Paphos (Pafos) , Polis Cycling Route
 


An exciting and demanding route that goes from Paphos to Polis, the main town of Chrysochou Bay.

The adventurous uphill trip starts from Kato Paphos and follows the coastal road to Coral Bay. It then climbs to the village of Peyia (Pegeia), one of the largest villages in the region, known for its ancient baths, the natural freshwater fountains and its spectacular Sea Caves.

Peyia Sea Caves is a unique place of great geological interest and incomparable beauty. It features priceless coastal formations created thousands of years ago. Along the bay, cyclists can admire enormous rocky seashores, scattered islets and large caves. The awe-inspiring view showcases the sea’s magnificent power.

From Peyia, cyclists can enjoy incredible panoramic vistas to Coral Bay and Paphos city. The route continues through the forest and heads toward Kathikas village and Prodromos. The cycling route ends in Polis.

  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: 37 km
  • Terrain:Mountain
  • Bike: Mountain bike with excellent suspension
  • Elevation gain: 615 m
  • Start point: Paphos
  • End poing: Polis Chrysochous

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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