From October 2011 Cyprus Walks Etc is offering services to Independent Self-Guided Walkers on a 100-km / 60 mi 6-day walking route that we designed (www.CyprusWalksEtc.com).
The offer of Cool Summer Walks ended on Sep 10 2011 ( www.CyprusWalksEtc.com
http://www.cypruswalksetc.com/ - our sister website launched
Cyprus Walks etc constitutes a combined effort by a collection of partners to offer high quality services and authentic experiences relevant to Cyprus natural and cultural heritage.
On our website you may find extensive information about our services, as well as related information on Cyprus.
Cyprus is the third biggest island in the Mediterranean sea and blessed with a relatively large number of habitats, a mild climate and a significant altitude range (0 – 2,000 meters). It has a rich natural heritage, that we can enjoy (while protecting it) all year round, and places that can suit a plethora of outdoor activities. This section includes information on about 200 natural attractions that we invite you to visit in your Cyprus holidays. We have divided it in a number of subcategories.
Cyprus beaches constitute one of the high value tourist asset of the island. There is a big variety. Cosmopolitan (like Nissi beach) to virtually empty (like Lara beach), white, golden, or dark sand, pebble or rocky, natural or improved, well organized to completely isolated, in green or desert like environments, still, lagoon to rough ocean-like waters, Cyprus beaches have many combinations of properties.
Towards the east (Protaras and Ayia Napa), the beaches have gold or white sand, and the water is usually calm. Nissi beach is the postcard Ayia Napa beach, while Protaras bay beach and Konnos beach are the most well known beaches in Protaras. The typical Larnaca beach is organized and has dark sand. A number of beaches especially in Pyla and Oroklini (or Voroklini) have wavebreakers. The typical central Limassol beach has on top, luxury hotels built right on it, while at Pissouri the package also includes high slopes/cliffs on the bay’s two sides. The typical Paphos beach (east of Paphos castle) is similar to what is found in central Limassol. One is likely to find peace and quiet in more isolated beaches like those in the east of Latchi and Polis (Argaka, Pomos). To the east of Limassol there are beaches with the extraordinary combination of dark sand and white rock while on the west coast (north of Paphos), the seas are rougher. Those seeking complete isolation should go to Lara coast (west side of the Akamas peninsula).
Beaches in Cyprus are clean, and more than 50 have been awarded the Blue Flag eco-label (www.blueflag.org) while 30 have handicap facilities. The website has information on more than 70 beaches.
Dams and lakes - Akrotiri and Larnaca wetlands, Lefkara, Xyliatos, Evretou dams
You could combine your Cyprus holiday with a visit to some of the 20 most important wetlands of Cyprus including the biggest dams. Many of these are very significant for birds and are prime birdwatchers spots, while most of the dams are open to angling (there are conditions and a permit is required). Some of the most interesting dams are Lefkara dam, Xyliatos dam and Evretou dam. Very important wetlands are the ones found in Akrotiri (salt lake, Fassouri reed beds, Zakaki marsh, Bishop’s Pool) and near Larnaca (salt lake, Oroklini lake, Sewerage Works Pools).
Walks and Trails – mostly in Troodos mountains, Akamas and Cape Greko
The walker has a great selection of walks in Cyprus. On Troodos mountains and Paphos Forest one can discover many routes in lush green environments, very atypical of Cyprus (eg in Platy valley, Caledonia Waterfalls, Cedar Valley), while the Akamas peninsula offers a pristine environment perfect for walking right upto the coast in the north west part of Cyprus. Cape Greko park between Ayia Napa and Protaras is quite small yet also very pleasant for walking and exploration. 45 trails and hiking routes are included in the website. Many are official trails (many found in Troodos mountains) whereas others are routes that we have hiked and recommend to visitors. The great majority of these hikes are linear, rather easy and with a length of less than 10 km. There are endless other possibilities for hiking on the island, both inland and on the coast, so feel free to explore and compose your own route.
Venetian Bridges in Troodos mountains
We have included 5 Venetian bridges on the island. Even though they are manmade, they are nevertheless directly related to the island’s rivers, and they are noteworthy architectural structures. Most of them are in Troodos mountains (Paphos Forest), in the west part of the island.
Platres Waterfalls (Troodos mountains)
The island has very small waterfalls. We have added 4 of them in Platres area, that usually have water all year round, because they are found in beautiful surroundings and are well worth a visit, especially when combined with other attractions in the area.
The website includes information on about 30 trees that have been declared as “Natural monuments”. Each of these may have been chosen using different criteria, but all of them are more than 100 years old, while a few are over a thousand years old. Obviously they deserve our admiration and respect. Many of these trees are huge. They are scattered around in or near Cyprus villages, and most are found in Troodos mountains.
National Parks – Akamas (hopefully a park soon), Cape Greko
A few national parks are included (or national parks to be) that we consider to be excellent places to spend at least a few days exploring. Akamas peninsula (hopefully a park soon) is one of the very fine places a naturelover should visit in her Cyprus holiday. The small Cape Greko park between Protaras and Ayia Napa makes for a pleasant pause from the congested adjacent tourist resorts.
We have also included a number of sea caves on the website (west of Paphos, in Ayia Napa and Cape Greko, near Protaras). We are not encouraging you to enter the caves but rather to explore their surroundings. If you are going to enter, please make sure that you do not disturb bats, or any other animals that may have found refuge in them.
Besides numerous site visits over decades and the study of books and other sources of information, our investigation of the various naturespots also included interview of locals.