Choose Paphos For Your Walking Holiday
Tucked away in the south-west of Cyprus, the picturesque coastal city of Paphos makes a superb base for a walking holiday. From the Akamas peninsula to Paphos Forest, there are plenty of areas to explore. Whether you’re after simple strolls or you’re keen to traverse more taxing terrain, you won’t struggle to find the ideal walking places.
The best routes
If you book flights to Paphos for your walking holiday, one route that’s well worth checking out takes you from the pretty fishing harbour at St George along the coast to the popular Sea Caves area. Stretching out for 3km each way, this route offers excellent views. Bear in mind though, there is no path in places, so you’ll need some sturdy footwear.
Another great walking route can be found just over an hour’s drive inland in the verdant Troodos Mountains. There, you can take a trail from Kaminaria Village to the stunning medieval Tzelefos Bridge. You’ll pass the equally entrancing Elia Bridge on your way too. Surrounded by dense, fragrant pine forests, this trek is one of the most scenic and interesting on the whole of the island. The trip from Kaminaria to Tzelefos Bridge is a little over 8km.
It’s also well worth checking out the Aphrodite Nature Trail on the Akamas Peninsula up the coast from Paphos past the fishing harbour of Latsi. Starting from the Baths of Aphrodite, which is where legend states the goddess used to take her baths, the route stretches over 7.5km and because the terrain can be tricky at points, it’s only recommended for strong walkers. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts though. The trail boasts impressive views of Cape Arnaoutis and Paphos Forest.
Top walking tips
Whichever walks you set off on in this part of Cyprus, be sure to take plenty of water with you and drink at regular intervals to avoid dehydration. Bear in mind that the best times to hike on the island are during the later autumn and spring, when the forests burst into full bloom. Meanwhile, if you’re there in the summer months, it’s best to avoid walking between midday and 4pm when the days are at their hottest.
As long as you choose the best trails and bear tips like these in mind, you’ll enjoy some spectacular strolls in Paphos and the surrounding area. Happy walking!
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