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Best Hiking Trails in Cyprus

Overview

The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is politically split between Greece and Turkey.  It has a mountainous interior that lends itself to some pretty great hiking.  Some of the main areas for hiking are the Troodos Mountains, the Avakas Gorge, and the Besparmak Mountain Trail along the northern coast. The best months to hike in Cyprus are in spring and fall, as summers are scorching and winters can be rainy.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Cyprus. 

Capital: Nicosia

When To Hike in Cyprus?

March – May; October – November: Least hot, not too much rain
June – September; December – February: Very hot, driest time of year in summer months; cool and rainy in winter months

Climate: Sub-tropical Mediterranean; hot & dry summers, mild, rainy winters

 

Cyprus Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: There are well marked trails in Troodos but not as much on Besparmak Mountain Trail.  One can hike independently by using a guidebook, app and the maps that are available. Tourist centres also have maps, such as the Troodos Visitor Centre.  Also, you can base yourself in a town and hire a local guide.  It seems that the south is easier to hike in versus the north (paths not well marked in the north). 

Guides and Maps | WALKING IN CYPRUS

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access most trails

Where to stay in Cyprus for hiking:

  • Agros – Troodos Mountains
  • Limassol – city on southern coast
  • Karavas – northern coast

Top Places to Hike in Cyprus

The south is where more of the hiking (and more strenuous hiking) can be found and where there is more hiking infrastructure, compared to the north. Highest Mountain: Mount Olympos – 1952 m in Troodos Mtns.

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Karpas Peninsula

Kyrenia Mountains

  • Also known as Besparmak Mountains
  • Besparmak Mountain Trail (Kyrenia Mountain Trail) – 260 km trail that stretches full breadth of coast; Besparmak Mountain Trail

Cape Greco

Avakas Gorge

Troödos Mountains

  • Troodos Walking Trails
  • 13 marked trails
  • Mt Olympos
  • Macheras National Forest Park (eastern end of Troödos range)

Akamas Peninsula National Park

  • Aphrodite Trail 
  • Adonis Trail

Cyprus's Long Distance Trails

Cyprus's Walking & Hiking Resources

Cyprus Hiking Books:

  • Walking in Cyprus: 44 Walks in the South and the North, by Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig, Cicerone Guide, 2017, Cicerone Press
  • Cyprus South and North: The finest coastal and mountain walks, 50 walks, by Rolf Goetz, 2010, Rother Guide
  • Walking in Southern Cyprus, 65 long and short walks and 7 car tours, by Geoff Daniel, 2015, Sunflower Books 
  • The Rough Guide to Cyprus, by Rough Guides, 2022, APA Publications
  • Lonely Planet Cyprus, by Jessica Lee & Joe Blindloss, 2018, Lonely Planet Global Limited 

 

Cyprus Hiking Associations:

  • Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing and Orienteering Federation – komoaap

 

Best Hiking Trails in Cyprus:

You can find more details on hiking these trails in the hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites  trail maps/apps or other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Besparmak Mountain Trial
  • Psilo Dendro – Pouziaris
  • Mount Olympus
  • Aprodite Loop
  • Madari Circular Walk
  • Atalante Trail
  • Avakas Gorge Walk
  • Artemis Trail
  • E4 Trail – Cyprus section

Easy Hiking Trails in Djibouti:

  • Caledonia Waterfalls
  • Profitis Elias – Konnoi

 

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What Else To Do

  • Short hikes in craggy hills between Buffavento Castle and Bellapais village
  • Beaches
  • History

Other Important Points

  • There is a division within Cyprus, with the Republic of Cyprus controlling about 60% of the island and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus controlling the rest (mainly northern part of Cyprus).  There is a Green Line dividing the two with checkpoints located along it; fairly easy to cross but be aware of where the checkpoints are and have maps with both names on it so you know where you are.
  • No roads on Akamas Peninsula