Cyprus is a perfect all-year location for hiking holidays, although the month June-September are quite hot. If you cannot avoid summertime because of your personal holiday planning restrictions, we can choose areas and starting times of our hikes accordingly.
It´s not only hiking, according to the program we visit many places of interest on our daily tours, and the entrance fees are included in the package price.
IMPORTANT NOTE: to enjoy our programs in Cyprus, we will not bother you with factory shopping stops like carpet and leather! We will only advise you if you are interested in local products like wine, Halloumi, Zivania and many more.
For more information and prices please check the TRIP TYPES section!
On the arrival day we pick you up at the airport of Larnaca (LCA) or Nicosia (ECN) according to your arranged flight. Your CYPRUSTRAVEL guide welcomes you and gives you all the necessary information for an amazing week on the wonderful island of Cyprus.
Depending on your arrival time we offer you a walking tour in the historic centre of Nicosia.
On this hike from Vounos to Bellapais we cross the Besparmak (Five–Finger) Mountains from South to North. The end point of this magnificent hike is Bellapais Abbey, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic style architecture in Cyprus.
Before returning to Nicosia, we will enjoy a stroll along the picturesque harbour of Kyrenia that is dominated by the impressive 16th century fortress.
After a short transfer from Nicosia, we start our hike in the beautiful mountain village of Karmi on the southern slope of the Five-Finger-Mountains. After a demanding hike we reach the crusader castle of Saint Hilarion. Here we are rewarded with magnificent views over the coastal town of Kyrenia. Saint Hilarion Castle is one of three crusader castles on the mountain range. With the highest point at 732m it dominates the western part of the Five-Finger-Mountains.
Today we are crossing the checkpoint Ledra Palace in Nicosia. From here we are transferred close to the highest point of Cyprus, the Chionistra with 1952 meters. On the way we visit the mining museum in Amiantos that reminds us of the importance of mining in the pastimes of Cyprus.
According to the season, the current weather conditions, and the hikers’ condition we have a different choice of trails. Two of the trails, the 7km Artemis Trail or the 14km Atalante Trail circle the peak of the Chionistra on different height levels.
We are checking out from Sun Hotel in Nicosia and are heading west to the coastal village of Agia Irini. From here we start our hike along the shoreline of the northern part of the bay of Morphou/Güzelyurt. On this hike we find traces of ancient settlements and remains from the 20th century troubled history of the island of Cyprus.
Endpoint of this amazing hike is the Maronite village of Kormacit, a village inhabited by the Christian Maronite community of Cyprus. Our accommodation for the next day will be in one of the historic village houses.
Our accommodations in Kormacit have the fantastic advantage that we can start our walks directly without a transfer. Today we are heading North to the beautiful bay of Kornos with the small chapel “Saint George of the seeds”. That chapel is the destination of an annual pilgrimage to thank the patron of the village for a rich harvest.
This demanding hike rewards you again with fantastic views from the green slopes of the Five-Finger-Mountains to the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.
In March and April, in the valleys around the Maronite Village of Kormacit you can find the endemic dark-red tulip of Cyprus. The rare Tulipa Cypria grows only in 5 areas on the island, and here is probably the most beautiful one of them. After a long photo stop at the tulip site, we continue our hike through the green valleys and beautiful forests around the village.
Back in Kormacit, we visit the impressive Church of Saint Georges and end our day in the village coffee house.
After checking out in Kormacit we are heading east to the Karpaz peninsula. After a 1-hour transfer, we reach the village of Akanthou/Tatlisu and visit the Mini-Cyprus exhibition with all the important buildings of Cyprus in miniature version.
The round walk leads us to the Rock Window in the Akanthou Rocks. This hike has demanding ascents rewarded by marvellous view over the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.
After the hike we have another transfer of around 45 minutes to our accommodation in Rizokarpazo/Dipkarpaz.
We start this day with a 15-minute transfer to the western end of the Golden Beach. One of the highlights of this hiking trip is definitely the hike along the Golden Beach in the morning. At lunchtime we arrive at the pilgrimage church of Apostolos Andreas. Amongst the Orthodox Christian Saints, Andrews is the one responsible for healing eye and skin diseases.
We continue our walk to the Cape Andreas, the most eastern point of the island of Cyprus. On the hike we most likely see the famous feral donkeys of Karpaz, happily awaiting an apple or a carrot!
From the end point, a transfer brings us back to our accommodation.
After breakfast and check-out, we start our walk directly from the accommodation while the minibus is picking up our luggage for the transfer to Famagusta.
We are following the magnificent rocky coastline with sandy bays on the south coast of the Karpaz peninsula. On this walk we are passing by the remains of ancient harbours and settlements. After 12 kilometres the bus is waiting for us to transfer us to Famagusta. Alternatively it is possible to extend the walk to the entrance of the village of Galinoporni/Kaleburnu is also possible, depending on the stamina of the group. The full distance in this case is 16km.
From the end of the hike, we will be transferred to Famagusta.
Waking up inside the mighty Famagusta city walls from the era of the Venetians in Cyprus is an experience for itself. From our accommodation we walk to the Gothic style Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the former St. Nicolaus cathedral.
After a stroll through the historic centre, we are transferred to the excavations of Salamis and the Monastery of St. Barnabas.
We say goodbye and wish you a safe flight home with a lot of good memories – and hope to welcome you again in Cyprus!
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