Bridge & Walking on Cyprus
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Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-10 miles), both led by our qualified Guided Walking leaders and carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the hotel in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening. All guests on this holiday should be comfortable playing duplicate bridge at club level.
- Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 6 and 10 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Half Board en-suite accommodation, EBU qualified Bridge Director, transport to and from the walks, bridge fees and prizes
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our partner hotel
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable Bridge Directors for each holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - play Bridge together, eat together and relax together
The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Pafos, just a short promenade walk from the picturesque harbour and archaeological sites. There are 327 en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished. Facilities at the Athena Beach include tranquil gardens, indoor and outdoor pools and a bar with a large, comfortable terrace. The hotel is also renowned for its warm and friendly staff who are on hand to make your stay extra special. Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet. This accommodation has been branded 'Hotel Plus' as this hotel is close to the shops and local services and has a good range of facilities that add the "Plus" to your holiday.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Dining, Great Hotel Staff and Breakfast.
Silver Award for Overall Hotel.
The hotel has comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and breathtaking sea or land views.
All rooms have flat screen LCD satellite TV and radio, direct dial telephone, WiFi (small charge), safe deposit boxes (small charge), tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, complimentary toiletries and air conditioning/heating.
This hotel has beautiful views of the Mediterranean and hotel’s tranquil gardens.
The leisure facilities of this hotel include 3 freshwater swimming and 2 paddling pools, a waterslide, indoor pool (heated during November to March), indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, floodlit tennis courts, a 24-rink indoor and outdoor Bowls Green facilities and mini golf.
In the hotel’s Elixir Spa there is a heated pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a fully equipped gym and a hairdressing salon. There is also a choice of professional massages and facial and body therapies, aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate.
There is a mini market/souvenir shop, jewellery shop, free parking, laundry and dry cleaning facilities and a currency exchange.
This is an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.
Dinner is a 3-course meal with the entré and dessert served from the buffet. The main course is served to your table. There will be a vegetarian menu option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.
Lunch (payable locally)
A picnic lunch can be ordered in advance from the hotel or purchased from the shop on the lower ground floor which is open Monday to Sunday 7.30am until 10pm.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before your evening meal with your fellow guests. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. The hotel's location is ideal for a leisurely stroll into the old town, where you can watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing drink at one of the pavement café bars around Pafos harbour front; just follow the path from the beach front. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat.
Day 1: Arrival day
Day 2: Agios Neophytos and the Paphos Coast
A short journey by coach takes us through Paphos town and up to Agios Neophytos monastery. Founded in the 12th century this is a fine place to start our week discovering this corner of Cyprus. With interesting frescoes, 16th c. icons and commanding views; there is also a coffee shop and gift shop. After visiting the monastery we return, by coach, to the coast to begin our walks.
Easier Walk: We will start our walk outside the Temple of Kings, which you may wish to revisit on the free day. Following the coastline we also pass the site of Nea Pafos before reaching the castle by the harbour in Paphos. Passing many diversions, including ice creams, we continue along the coast to our hotel. The walking is on good paths throughout and provides a great introduction to the area. 4.7miles (7.5km) minimal ascent/descent
Harder Walk: The harder group are taken further up the coast to join the coastal path just beyond the Helios bay hotel. Crossing a small area of rough open land we reach a small sandy bay to then soon reach an interesting memorial to George Grivas Dhiginis who fought for the independence and liberation of Cyprus in the 1950's. Continuing along the coast we reach the boundary fence for the Temple of the Kings and follow the route of the easier walk back to the hotel. 7.5miles (12km) minimal ascent/descent
Day 3: High village to turtle beach
To the north of Agios Georgios the wilderness area of the Akamas Peninsula opens up. This area of spectacular rugged scenery and sandy bays is where we’ll begin our walking on Cyprus. Using a variety of tracks both groups wind their way down to the sea, enjoying the views over the Akamas Peninsula.
Easier Walk: This walk takes us on one of Europe’s long distance trails, the E4, as we make our way to the small fishing port of Agios Georgios and wide views to the tip of the Akamas Peninsula. From here we’ll take a beautiful coastal path to a café for well-earned refreshments. 5 miles (8km) with100ft (30m) ascent and 1,200ft (360m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We’ll start our walk further along the Akamas Peninsula and wind our way down to Lara Bay, famous as a breeding area for green and loggerhead turtles. From here our route hugs the coastline, passing the mouth of the Auakas Gorge as we near Pafos and the end of our walk. 9 miles (14.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 4: Sightseeing Day
Today we’ll all travel alongside the most scenic stretch of coastline on the island, where we stop to see Ancient Curium. Here we’ll discover the House of Eustolios, which proudly boasts its intricate mosaics and magnificent amphitheatre overlooking the sea. We will then drive through beautiful mountain areas to reach the charming village of Omodhos, built around one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus, the Holy Cross. This is also one of the best wine producing villages where traditional white stone buildings line the narrow cobbled streets. We visit the old wine press and enjoy a traditional meze lunch. On our return we will stop at the island’s most famous landmark, Aphrodites rock, the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love, a great backdrop for those important holiday photos.
On this day, sightseeing costs are included in the price of your holiday as well as the meze lunch.
Day 5: Free Day
Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. On your free day you may wish to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Nea Pafos.
Day 6: Pomegranates and vines
The walks today travel to the hills above Pafos, through farmland and vineyards to the magnificent monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa. This monastery was established in 1152 and features many frescoes and icons as well as producing their own wine.
Easier Walk: We begin our walk in Agios Fotas following a wide track to the Agia Moni Monastery, considered to be one of the oldest on Cyprus. After a brief exploration of this ancient monastery we continue on our way through vineyards to the beautiful Chrysorrogiatissa and on to the small town of Pano Panagia for refreshments. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our route begins in the village of Kannivou following farm tracks as we ascend to the Chrysorrogiatissa monastery with spectacular views to reward our hard work. From here we wind our way to join the easier group in Pano Panagia for refreshments. 7 miles (11km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.
Day 7: The Baths of Aphrodite
Today we return to the Akamas Peninsula. Travelling to the northern side, our coach takes us to a high picnic place above the village of Neo Chorio. With far reaching views over turquoise seas, what better way to spend your day than walking in this marvellous wilderness area. One of the least inhabited areas of Cyprus, this is an area well worth visiting.
Easier Walk: Starting at a lovely picnic spot above Neo Chorio we make our way through pine forests to reveal an area of outstanding views over Polis and Latsi. We continue on our way past old mining areas to another picturesque picnic spot around a great oak tree before making our descent to Aphrodite’s Bath where we end our walk for today. 5 miles (8km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent and 1,000ft (300m) of descent.
Harder Walk: Like the easier walk, we make our way to a picnic spot at the great oak tree. This is where the similarities end as we ascend Moutti tis Sotiras for 360° views above the Akamas Peninsula before zigzagging our way down to join the easier party at Aphrodite’s Bath for a well-earned drink to celebrate a great week’s walking. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 1,400ft (420m) of descent.
Each evening a bridge competition will take place, with a break for the evening meal
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the following day’s walks.
What to bring
Bridge: All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
Walking: To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Please bring a rucksack, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and personal first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
Please read our Safety on Guided Walks leaflet which will be sent to you with your tickets and holiday paperwork. This contains invaluable advice including what to wear and what to bring on holiday.
Cyprus has always been fought over, from the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Empire to the Arabians during the Crusades, the British and the civil struggles with Greeks and Turkish. Its easy to see why, throughout history, this Mediterranean gem has been so sought after. Modern day Cyprus is no different and the island is a popular holiday destination. It offers visitors an ancient history to marvel and explore with the Greco-Roman sites on the island, one of the largest within walking distance of our hotel.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and dominated by a vast mountain range, The Troodos Massif. The diversity of the flora and fauna is amazing; the best time to see this is early Spring when we visit the island and again in Autumn.
Pafos – Pafos is located in the western part of the island and is the largest resort in Cyprus. Its star attraction is the host of archaeological gems in the heart of the lower town, Kato Pafos. The main archaeological site, Nea Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features an incredible array of Greco-Roman mosaics yet surprisingly was only uncovered in the 1960s by a farmer ploughing his field.
Shops & facilities: There are a number of local shops across the road from the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities. When shopping for gifts, traditional crafts such as pottery, lacework and woven basket products are found in Pafos.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Paphos airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 30 minutes to the Anthena Beach Hotel.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Cherie has spent her professional life in primary education, as a teacher and successful headteacher of 3 schools throughout the country. She is now a retired Primary Head, having also spent many years as a local magistrate. Cherie loves playing bridge but, more important, is just passionate about teaching bridge. She is an EBU qualifed bridge teacher and runs her own successful bridge school and, with her husband Dave, organises bridge weekends in Bournemouth which are fantastic fun for everyone. Cherie says "Bridge is a truly amazing, obsessive game, but most of all it’s about having fun, making special new friends and having a wonderful social life". In her spare time she’s a keen cyclist and walker with her husband Dave, who is a walk leader for HF Holidays.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
- Sea view: £7 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person