Hiking in Cyrpus

Hiking in Cyprus probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Cyprus probably isn’t even on your map, to begin with either. The honest truth, Cyprus wasn’t anywhere near the top of my travel list either. Nor was hiking. So when my silly “happy-I-booked-a trip” dance never happened, my enthusiasm to pack and do any research also bombed. However, the other truth is that I actually ended up having a good time.

So what can one do here that is unique, you ask? Hiking is the answer. So is wine, but that’s another story. Cyprus is bathed in Greek Mythological lore and Cypriots all know it by heart. Everything in Cyprus is soaked in Aphroditic folktales that locals love to tell you about. Aphrodite was born here or she took her baths there, or the caves over yonder way were once where Aphrodite did something special and so forth. By hiking, you get to see the land for all its mythological beauty in a variety of subtropical glory.

The trails I chose were in three areas of the island and you will need a car. In general, I recommend getting a car to explore Cyprus-it widens your exploratory area and well worth the money. While these trails by no means are difficult they will make you feel like a superstar for having finished. Another bonus is that the trails I mention are at or close to sea-level.

Aphrodite Trail Cyrpus

Aphrodite’s Trail

Trail Information:

  • Length: 7.5km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Landmarks Include:

  • Baths of Aphrodite
  • Queens Tower
  • 500-year-old oak tree

 

A circular trail in the Akamas region just west of the city Polis offers sweeping vistas of the north coastline, Blue Lagoon, and Aphrodite’s Bath.  Here you will see wild goats, smell cypress trees and listen to the waves crash against the beach below. It’s not a busy trail once you get past the Baths of Aphrodite and the trek to the Blue Lagoon is easy and quicker than you imagine. The Queens Tower are ruins of an ancient monastery and near it, you can find a 500-year old oak tree. On this trail, you will have sweeping views of Cape Arnaoutis, the bay of Polis and the lush green Paphos forest. There are two non-potable water sources here, don’t forget to pack water for this hike.

Adonis's Trail Cyprus

Adonis’ Trail

Trail Information:

  • Length: 7.5km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Landmarks Include:

  • Baths of Aphrodite
  • Akamas Peninsula
  • Queens Tower

Adonis’ Trail is a full circle just a bit south of Aphrodite’s trail. It also has similar landmarks as the previous trail but has more forestry and Botanical Gardens of Akamas instead. Here you will also have a rich smell of cypress trees and occasionally hear a Cyprus Warbler. There is a non-potable water fountain near the Queens Tower so be sure to pack your own water.

Ruins in Cyprus

Kyparissia Trail

Trail Information:

  • Length: 3.7km
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Fairly Easy

Landmarks Include:

  • View of Limassol
  • Yermasoyeia Dam

Starting with a steep downhill trek, do not get discouraged as the steep is easily manageable. You will trek through a bit of forest and then alongside the Kyparissia river that offers a panoramic view of the local dam and of Limassol. There are two options for this trail. I have listed the easier one as the second option takes you a through a full 11km circle around the area. You might also find some local thyme plants along the route and clusters of more cypress trees. The scent of them is so refreshing and crisp.

Limassol Cyprus

While these trails by no means are super difficult, they offer views for staged selfie opportunities water breaks and amazing views. After coming back to the hotel, my butt felt in better shape than when I first arrived. All consumed wine notwithstanding.

However, one of the first things I’ve done is visit the Tourist Info booth in Limassol (they are in every big city in Cyprus and easy to find) and asked what kind of outdoor activities can be done. I cannot praise the locals who volunteer enough. These people love their country and are proud and more than happy to tell you all about it. If you’d like more hiking trails and outdoor activity ideas, head over to the official Visit Cyprus site and take a look around.

If you’ve tried any of these trails or have any other ideas, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Talia

  • Kayla Watkins

    Wow this looks like a amazing place to go hiking. I have been thinking about going hiking for a while now and this post is really motivating me to start!

  • Leanne Lindelof

    Gorgeous! I would definitely hike there. Looks very life-affirming.

  • Maria Miguel Zamith

    OMG those pictures tho! The view is totally worth the effort 🙂

  • In anything, the hikes were worth it for all the views!

  • I went in the low season and it was very quiet, and trails to be empty but comfortable. The towns were also not heavily populated with tourists which was a great thing. I hope someday you can visit as well.

  • I think hiking is the easiest way to willingly force yourself to exercise. It’s easy-you just walk and the trail doesn’t have to be difficult. I have come to love it and like to do it each place I go.