News & Highlights, Kanika

Trekking in Paphos

The district of Paphos ranks among the most attractive holiday destinations in Cyprus, thanks to its historical and archaeological wealth, its picturesque landscape and the untouched beauty of the Akamas peninsula – all wrapped in the legend of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. Indeed, Paphos was known as Aphrodite’s playground long before the tourism industry discovered it and trekking in Paphos became popular.

Although the majority of holidaymakers are drawn to the summer sun and warm Mediterranean, travellers who enjoy exploring their destination on foot tend to prefer the low season when temperatures are cooler. Whether your holiday agenda includes easy strolls along the coast or proper hikes in the hills, the Paphos district has it all.

Best treks in Paphos

The promenade, stretching from the Paphos Castle towards the Amavi, is likely to be a part of your daily routine, even in summer if you plan it early in the day or after sunset. If you have decided to rent a car, make sure to seek out the nature trails in the district, as they are bound to lead you to beauty spots you will otherwise miss.

A good place to start is the coastal path that begins at Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou) and takes you westwards, for the most part parallel to the seafront, between the glittering blue and the old Limassol-Paphos road. With limited up and downhill sections, the complete trail will give you an invigorating 4-hour walk – almost two hours each way. Carry a snack or refreshments with you and the hilltop picnic site en route will be the ideal place for a break with an amazing sea view.

The Ezousa walking trail is another popular route among nature lovers. Starting at the Environmental Information Centre of Episkopi, this circular 8km trail brings you back to your starting point after you enjoy the greenery of the Ezousa Valley.

There is no doubt, however, that the network of trails in the Akamas nature reserve ranks among hiking enthusiasts as the focal point of Paphos, with route lengths ranging from 2.5km to 7.5km. Although they are rated moderate to difficult, every step will reward you with the peninsula’s abundant endemic flora and fauna. If you’ve come prepared for some hiking in Paphos, you are likely to have read about the wonders of the Avakas gorge in particular. While hiking shoes and sticks are always recommended and helpful, the Avakas trail in particular calls for reliable footwear that will allow you to master the challenging and rocky terrain that can be very slippery.

However, even the less experienced hikers should not be put off: Remember, you can always walk as much or as little as you like before turning back, and the distances in Paphos are short, so you’re never too far from your hotel. Especially if you’re visiting in the spring or autumn, take a break from the seaside and venture into the green heart of Paphos. You’ll be happy you did!

http://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/discovercyprus/routes/nature-trails

https://www.cyprusisland.net/attractions/avakas-gorge

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

Olympic, Destination, New World, Agia Napa

Olympic Lagoon Resorts Agia NapaAgia Napa - Cyprus

The ultimate all-included five-star haven in the heart of Agia Napa, renowned for its lush, landscaped gardens, beside the powdery sands of a Blue Flag beach. The resort combines the best of bespoke entertainment, leisure activities and luxury services.

From €105 Per Person Per Night on Luxury All-Inclusive
View Inclusions
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE
Olympic Lagoon Resorts, Paphos

Olympic Lagoon Resorts PaphosPaphos - Cyprus

A luxury all-included five-star retreat commanding a prime Blue Flag beachfront location in the centre of the historic town. The resort provides couples and families with an endless array of leisure facilities, customised services, and daily signature entertainment.

From €95 Per Person Per Night on Luxury All-Inclusive
View Inclusions
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE
Amavi Made for Two Hotels

MadeForTwo | AmaviPaphos - Cyprus

Located on one of the most romantic beachfront spots on the island, famed for breathtaking sea and sunset views, this five-star couples-only getaway is a paradise of romance and relaxation Made For Two, where togetherness comes first.

From €91 Per Person Per Night on Half Board Premium
View Inclusions
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE

Alexander the Great Beach HotelPaphos - Cyprus

A luxurious hotel directly overlooking the golden sands of a Blue Flag beach and the Paphos harbour. Only mere steps from the beach, this pocket of paradise blends sophisticated accommodation, leisure facilities and superior gastronomy.

From €51 Per Person Per Night on Bed & Breakfast
View Inclusions
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE
Pool

Elias Beach HotelLimassol - Cyprus

Just a short drive away from the cosmopolitan Limassol hub, this four-star hotel enjoys quiet surrounds and direct access to a Blue Flag beach. Offering something for everyone, elegance and first-class service combine with a variety of leisure facilities.

From €44 Per Person Per Night on Bed & Breakfast
View Inclusions
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE