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"Cyprus Walks Etc 18"

Cyprus Walks Etc is a combined effort by a team of professionals in the tourism sector of Cyprus to offer authentic experiences and high quality services relevant to Cyprus cultural and natural heritage. A collection of services is offered by our partners, as we cooperate with a large number of service providers in the tourism industry in Cyprus on a per need basis.

We cover the whole of the island and we are eager to offer you excellent quality services that will maximize the fun and enjoyment of your trip. Cyprus is a unique destination combining rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural surroundings. We would love to invite you to enjoy Cyprus with us.

No matter where you go in Cyprus, from the capital Nicosia in the main plain of Mesaoria, across to the towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos, from the busy resorts of Agia Napa and Protaras in the south east, to the massive Troodos mountains and across to the Akamas peninsula, there are exquisite and unspoiled places to be discovered.  Don’t leave without at least a bit of adventure and exploration. You may be amazed by the richness of the beautiful island of Cyprus.


Trekking, 7 Day, 70km
/ Cyprus, Nicosia

This trip regards a weeklong, 70 km / 45 mi walking route that can be walked year round.
On Day 1 from the airport travelers are transported to the old part of Kakopetria village where they stay for two nights. Depending on the time of arrival they could relax and explore the old part of the village and/or visit up to two Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted churches within walking distance from their accommodation.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 2"

On Day 2, we propose a walk on Madari mountain peak. The walk is on a circular nature trail that offers a combination of habitats (including a Cyprus Cedar forest), excellent panoramic views, and the very extraordinary rock formations in the area (appropriately named ‘Teishia tis Madaris’ (meaning ‘Madari’s walls’). Those looking for a longer walk can combine it with an adjacent circular walk (3 km / 2 mi long), or walk to and from the nearby Panagia tou Araka Unesco World Heritage Painted church (which would add about six more km to the distance).

On Day 3, travelers can select to a combination of the top elevation Cyprus walk (Artemis) and of a walk at a very different habitat (Caledonia Waterfalls). Walking on Artemis offers superb panoramic views of different parts of Cyprus. The walk combines barren rocky land, that is home of the endemic Troodos juniper with forested stretches of black pine (and juniper). Walkers pass by some very old and huge trees. The walk has a very high value also for those interested in geology. It should be noted that when there is snow, (usually a few weeks or a couple of months each year) we advise against doing this walk. There are other lower elevation alternatives that we can suggest (eg Day 3 alternative). This walk includes a stretch on paved road (from Artemis to the higher elevation end of Caledonia Waterfalls trail). We recommend also the Caledonia Waterfalls trail as it is quite dramatic and steep and has a running stream all year round, which is atypical of Cyprus. It provides an excellent contrast to Artemis trail.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 1"

For the Day 3 alternative walk, the walkers are transported to the starting point of their walk, in the lush shaded Platy valley. About half of the stretch is in Platy valley, next to the stream. There are good possibilities for mouflon spotting here. Another stretch is on a part of a trail that is called the Medieval Bridges trail, which according to local tradition was used by camel caravans to carry mined material from the copper mines on the north side of Troodos to Paphos port for export. Travelers are picked up from superb Kelephos medieval Venetian bridge to be taken to the public bus (stop).

On Day 4 of the walk walkers take the bus from Paphos to Panagia village where they can do the eight km long circular walk called Vouni Panagias, at an elevation of about 1,000, in an area full of vineyards that offers excellent view of the Ezousa Valley and the Kannaviou manmade lake.
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On Day 5 travelers are transported on public transportation from Paphos to the picturesque stone-built village of Phiti, which they may explore. They may get the opportunity to watch the weaving of Phithkiotika’, the renowned textiles manufactured in Phiti village. From the village they walk on the 'Oak road' down the Evretou Valley and around the crescent-like Evretou manmade lake until they reach the Paphos-Polis highway, from where they take the bus to return to Paphos.

On Day 6 of the walk, walkers are transported to the village of Neo Chorio from where the walk starts. The walkers largely traverse the pristine Akamas peninsula enjoying glorious views initially of the west coast and subsequently, on the imposing Moutti Tis Sotiras peak, of the north west, and of the north coast, all the way to Pomos in the north east.

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On Day 7 of the walk, walkers are recommended to walk west on the dirt road by the rugged coastline from Baths of Aphrodite cave, preferably up to Blue Lagoon cove, which has amazing waters for swimming. It is one of the best coves for swimming on the island (and beyond).

Summary of our services
We offer Independent Self–Guided Walkers the following services with regards to this specific route:
1. Extensive information on this inhouse designed route that presents the best Cyprus has to offer, combining top elements of its cultural and natural heritage. We provide information on each day's walk and instructions to find one's way, as well as relevant useful information material on Cyprus.
2. Booking of appropriate accommodation on the route, where possible in small, family run establishments.
3. Booking of meals, including breakfast and dinner, with a high element of local cuisine, where available.
4. Arranging all applicable luggage transport.
5. Arranging transfers to location of arrival/departure and other transfers if required.
6. On the ground support for the independent walker.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 5"The itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival to Start location of the Walk (Kakopetria)
Day 2 - Madari Circular Walk
Day 3 - Artemis + Caledonia Waterfall or – Platy valley - Kelephos
Day 4 - Vouni Panagias
Day 5 – The Oak Road (Phiti - Evretou Valley
Day 6 – Short Akamas Panorama
Day 7 – Akamas North Coast
Day 8 - Departure from Finish location of the Walk (near Akamas)

The package includes the following:
a) Information on the walking routes and nearby attractions (as well as public bus info where applicable), in the form of GPS readings, printed material and/or other media.

b) Transportation
1) from Larnaca or Paphos hotel to the first hotel in Kakopetria.
2) From Kakopetria to start of Madari Circular Walk. Walkers are advised to arrange either pickup or delivery from/to Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted church. The church is just two km from Kakopetria.
3) From Kakopetria to Artemis trail, or to Troodos Square and from finish of walk (Artemis trail or Troodos Square or Platres to bus stop for bus to Paphos.
3 alternative) Transportation to start of Platy Valley walk and later on, from the end of the walk at Kelephos medieval bridge to bus stop for bus to Paphos
4) From hotel near Akamas to Neo Chorio for short Akamas Panorama Walk.

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c) Accommodation as follows (upon request we can provide the names of the hotels to be used):
1) First two nights in Kakopetria
2) Third, fourth and fifth night in Paphos (three nights)
3) Sixth and seventh night near Baths of Aphrodite in Akamas (two nights)

d) Breakfast for all accommodation,
e) Luggage transfer as required
f) On the ground support

Note : The package doesn't include transport from the (last) hotel near Akamas to an airport. We believe that the relevant bus connections are good and therefore encourage the travelers to use public buses.

Prices
The price for the standard package, when
a) two walkers travel together on a Double Occupancy, bed and breakfast basis is €450 per person.
b) a single traveler on bed and breakfast basis is €700 per person.

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450
A single traveler on bed and breakfast basis is €700 per person
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Trekking, 7 Days, 110km
/ Cyprus, Nicosia

Our first offer of long walks is a week-long, 110 km/ 60 mi, mainly hotel to hotel walking route that is better walked in the period from October to May. The walk includes the highest elevation trail in Cyprus, with an alternative, lower elevation option in case of snow cover.  The walk is in the cooler western part of the island and can therefore very pleasantly be done close to summer.

On Day 1 from the airport travelers are transported to the old part of Kakopetria village where they stay for two nights.  Depending on the time of arrival they could relax and explore the old part of the village and/or visit upto two Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted churches within walking distance from their accommodation.

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On Day 2, we offer two options based on travelers' preference and possibly based on conditions (snow cover).

In Option 1, travelers can select to a combination of the top elevation Cyprus walk (Artemis) and of a walk at a very different habitat (Caledonia Waterfalls).  Walking on Artemis offers superb panoramic views of different parts of Cyprus.  The walk combines barren rocky land, that is home of the endemic Troodos juniper with forested stretches of black pine (and juniper).  Walkers pass by some very old and huge trees.  The walk has a very high value also for those interested in geology.    It should be noted that when there is snow, (usually a few weeks or a couple of months each year) we advise against doing this walk.  There are other lower elevation alternatives that we can suggest (eg Option 2).  Option 1 walk includes a stretch on paved road (from Artemis to the higher elevation end of Caledonia Waterfalls trail.  We recommend also the Caledonia Waterfalls trail as it is quite dramatic and steep and has a running stream all year round, which is atypical of Cyprus.  It provides an excellent contrast to Artemis trail.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 11"

As Option 2, we propose a walk on Madari mountain peak. The walk is on a circular nature trail that offers a combination of habitats (including a Cyprus Cedar forest), excellent panoramic views, and the very extraordinary rock formations in the area (appropriately named ‘Teishia tis Madaris’ (meaning ‘Madari’s walls’).  Those looking for a longer walk can combine it with an adjacent circular walk (3 km / 2 mi long), or walk to and from the nearby Panagia tou Araka Unesco World Heritage Painted church (which would add about six more km to the distance).

On Day 3 of the walk, the walkers are transported to the starting point of their walk, in the lush shaded Platy valley. About half of the stretch is in Platy valley, next to the stream.  There are good possibilities for mouflon spotting here.  Another stretch is on a part of a trail that is called the Medieval Bridges trail,  which according to local tradition was used by camel caravans to carry mined material from the copper mines on the north side of Troodos to Paphos port for export.  Travelers are picked up from superb Kelephos medieval Venetian bridge to be taken to the village of Salamiou (or Trachypedoula).

"Cyprus Walks Etc 12"

On Day 4 of the walk the walkers explore Xeros Potamos valley whose natural beauty is supplemented by the presence of human construction going back to medieval times (watermills and a Venetian medieval bridge). From the bridge the walkers meander through Paphos Forest to reach Pano Panagia village). There is an adventure element in the walk, since, because of lack of infrastructure relevant to walking near the river bed, walkers would need to cross the river a few times (at least three times).  They would be advised to bring their sporting sandals along and use them while walking near (and in) the river bed.

Note: It should be noted that after heavy rains (as a rule, a couple of times per year), the water quantity that flows in Xeros Potamos river increases considerably to a level that may be dangerous to cross. It is advised that walkers consult with their host about this. In this case, or if walkers prefer not to do such a long walk (and instead explore Unesco World Heritage Nea Pahos with its stunning mosaics), walkers would be advised to use public buses to Paphos and then to Panagia village (there are just a couple of buses per day so this needs to be managed).  It should also be noted that at the village of Panagia there is a circular walking trail of a length of eight km, inside vineyards ( the trail is called 'Vouni Panagias', it is also recommended), which could be an alternative option for a walk.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 13"

On Day 5 of the walk the walkers descend to Kannaviou village and then ascend to well preserved stone-built Phiti village (before walking to nearby Lasa village to spend the night). On the way walkers enjoy views of the wide valley and of Kannaviou manmade lake and encounter an increasing number of oak trees, once a dominant species in big parts of Cyprus. At Phiti village they may have the opportunity to watch the weaving of Phithkiotika’, the renowned textiles manufactured in Phiti village.

Note: Those who want a longer walk for the day can do first the recommended circular Vouni Panagias walk, which is eight km long, inside vineyards and offers excellent views of Ezousa Valley.

On Day 6 of the walk the walkers descend to Evretou man made lake enjoying views of the valley, the crescent-like manmade lake and the adjacent abandoned Turkish Cypriot village, and then ascend to Droushia village on the way visiting the well hidden, many centuries old, pretty Agia Paraskevi church.

"Cyprus Walks Etc 14"

Note: The recommended route above starts at Lasa village and then goes to adjacent Phiti village before descending to Evretou valley. There is an alternative (first part) of the route that is slightly shorter and descends directly from Lasa village to Evretou valley.

On Day 7, the last day of the walk the walkers traverse the pristine Akamas peninsula enjoying glorious views initially of the west coast and subsequently, on the imposing Moutti Tis Sotiras peak, of the north west, and of the north coast, all the way to Pomos in the north east.

Note: On most days, the walking route passes through or near villages, and walkers who would prefer to do a shorter walk may choose to arrange a ride at (any of) these villages.

Summary of our services

We offer Independent Self–Guided Walkers interested in exploring beautiful Cyprus, a menu of services:

  1. Extensive information on our inhouse designed route that presents the best Cyprus has to offer, combining top elements of its cultural and natural heritage. We provide information on each day's walk and instructions to find one's way, as well as relevant useful information material on Cyprus.
  2. Booking of appropriate accommodation on the route, where possible in small, family run establishments.
  3. Booking of meals, including breakfast, dinner and lunch packs, with a high element of local cuisine, where available.
  4. Arranging all applicable luggage transport.
  5. Arranging transfers to location of arrival/departure and other transfers if required.
  6. On the ground support for the independent walker.

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The itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival to Start location of the Walk

Day 2 - Walk on Artemis and/or Caledonia Falls trail or on Madari circular trail

Day 3 -Platy valley to Kelephos medieval bridge

Day 4 - Xeros Potamos valley via Paphos Forest to Panayia

Day 5 - Panayia - Ezousa valley - Kannaviou - Phiti - Lasa

Day 6 - Lasa - Phiti - Evretou - Akourdalia - Droushia

Day 7 - Droushia – Akamas – Aphrodite’s Baths

Day 8 - Finish

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The package includes the following:

a) Information on the walking routes and nearby attractions (as well as public bus info where applicable), in the form of GPS readings, printed material and/or other media.

b) Transportation

1) from Larnaca or Paphos hotel to the first hotel in Kakopetria.

2) From Kakopetria to start of Artemis trail, or to Troodos Square or to start of Madari circular walk and from finish of walk (Artemis trail or Troodos Square or Madari circular trail) back to Kakopetria.  Walkers are advised to arrange either pickup or delivery from/to Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted church.  The church is just two km from Kakopetria.

3) Transportation to start of Platy Valley walk and later on, from the end of the walk at Kelephos medieval bridge to accommodation in Trachypedouyla or Salamiou

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c) Accommodation as follows (upon request we can provide the names of the hotels to be used):

1) First two nights in Kakopetria

2) Third night in Trachypedoula/Salamiou

3) Fourth night at Panagia

4) Fifth night at Lasa

5) Sixth night at Droushia

6) Seventh night near Baths of Aphrodite in Akamas

d) Breakfast for all accommodation, dinner in Trachypedoula and Lasa (where options are sparse)

e) Luggage transfer as required

f) On the ground support

Note : The package doesn't include transport from the (last) hotel near Akamas to an airport. We believe that the relevant bus connections are good and therefore encourage the travelers to use public buses.

Prices

The price for the standard package, when

a)  two walkers travel together on a Double Occupancy, bed and breakfast basis is 570 per person.

b) a single traveler on bed and breakfast basis is 900 per person. 

+ More
570
A single traveler on bed and breakfast basis is €900 per person
REQUEST