Walking in Western Cyprus

Cyprus Guided Walking Holiday

Limassol District. Cyprus. Ruins of ancient Kourion
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £999pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Discover the lush green landscapes, charming villages and ancient sites on and around Cyprus’ wild and beautiful Akamas Peninsula. Not far from our base in the town of Paphos (often spelt Pafos), there are many well-established trails to follow which afford great views of the scenic surroundings. Coastal walks reveal wonderful views of turquoise sea backed by tree-covered cliffs which give way to wide, sandy beaches which are used by both green and loggerhead turtles to lay their eggs during the summer months. A sightseeing day gives the opportunity to explore the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Curium (Kourion) which was destroyed by an earthquake in 365 AD. Highlights include the mosaics of a private villa and the remains of a Greco-Roman amphitheatre. On the free day, a visit to the UNESCO-listed Paphos Archaeological Park (Nea Paphos) which includes the impressive Tombs of the Kings is highly recommended.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the true identity of Aphrodite’s isle from the wild Akamas Peninsula to the magnificent Troodos mountains
  • Stay in Paphos, with its pretty harbour, great beaches and a host of archaeological gems
  • Bring the archaeological sites to life on the sightseeing day with our incredibly knowledgeable local guide.
  • Join well established walking trails between Byzantine churches, waterfalls and villages in the foothills
  • On your free day, visit Greco-Roman ruins and the Tombs of the Kings, UNESCO World Heritage Sites

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced  HF Holidays’ leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – extensive breakfast and evening buffet meal 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Constantinou Bros Hotel. Unpack and settle in.

A short coach journey takes us inland north of Paphos to the Minthis monastery area. Both groups walk down a valley to the Episkopi Environmental Centre with the chance to see displays about the flora and fauna of Cyprus.

Option 1 - Minthis Panorama and Episkopi

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)  

In summary: We start our walk at the Minthis Golf Resort with wide reaching views, we then walk down a valley through the abandoned village of Moro Nero to reach the Episkopi Environmental Centre. A coastal walk from Paphos to the hotel is then possible. 

Highlight: The Episkopi Environmental Centre with its information on flora and fauna of Cyprus.

Option 2 - The Ezousa Valley

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

Descent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: This walk begins in the village of Kallepeia at the head of the Ezousa Valley and then passes through the Minthis resort and the abandoned village of Moro Nero to the Episkopi Environmental Centre. An optional additional walk from Paphos back to the hotel is then available.

Highlight: Spectacular views down the Ezousa Valley.

Today we’ll all travel along the most scenic stretch of coastline on the island, where we stop to see Ancient Curium. Here we’ll discover the infamous 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 then enjoy a traditional meze lunch. On our way back we will stop at the island’s most famous landmark, Aphrodite’s rock, the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love. On this day, sightseeing costs are included in the price of your holiday as well as the meze lunch

To the north of Agios Georgios the wilderness area of the Akamas Peninsula opens up. This area of spectacular rugged scenery and sandy bays. Using a variety of tracks both groups wind their way down to the sea, enjoying the views over the Akamas Peninsula.

Option 1 - Akamas heights to the sea

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 150 feet (60m) 

Descent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: 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. We begin our walk on the Pynkni Forest trail along hillsides through fields and farms with views of the coastline in front of us.

Highlight: We finish with a well-earned drink at a coastline cafe. The pleasant harbour of Agios Georgios with views of Geronises Island.

Option 2 - From rural village to the coast

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m) 

In summary: 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 Paphos and the end of our walk.

Highlight: Lara Bay with its sweeping beaches is famed as a breeding area for green and loggerhead turtles.

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. Some options for your free day include:

Paphos Waterfront: Walk along the promenade to the harbour and enjoy a drink overlooking the town’s imposing castle.

Hotel: Relax at the hotel and take advantage of its extensive spa and swimming pool facilities.

Paphos Archaeological Park (Nea Paphos): You can reach this UNESCO World Heritage site on foot from the hotel via the beachfront promenade. This outstanding archaeological park features extensive Greco-Roman ruins and incredibly well-preserved mosaics depicting ancient mythology. The Tombs of the Kings - a large area of ancient underground tombs - are one of the park's many highlights.

The walks today travel to the hills above Paphos, 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.

Option 1 - Monasteries and Wine

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Descent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We begin our walk in Agios Fotas following a wide track past the Agia Moni Monastery, considered to be one of the oldest on Cyprus. We continue on our way through vineyards to the beautiful Chrysorrogiatissa and on to the small town of Pano Panagia for refreshments.

Highlight: Agia Moni Monastery has a wonderfully tranquil setting, and there's been a monastery on this site since the 4th Century.

Option 2 - Pomegranates and Vines

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

Descent: 150 feet (40m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: The monastery at Chrysorrogiatissa dates to the 12th Century and has wonderful frescoes and produces some of the island's finest wines.

Today we return to the Akamas Peninsula. Travelling to the northern side, our coach takes us to a path leading to a high picnic place above the village of Neo Chorio. This is one of the least inhabited parts of Cyprus with far reaching views over turquoise seas; it’s a marvellous wilderness area. Walks here end at The Baths of Aphrodite – a shady pool in a natural grotto fed by a small waterfall. It is said to be where Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love and beauty) bathed and where the handsome mortal Adonis saw and fell in love with her. It is said that if you bathe in the water you will be given eternal youth!

Option 1 - Baths of Aphrodite

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

Descent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: Starting above the village of 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. This forest-shaded pool is said to be where Aphrodite liked to come and bathe and is where she met her lover, Adonis.

Highlight: The Akamas Peninsula National Park with unspoilt beaches and rugged coastline is a truly wild part of Cyprus with far-reaching views over turquoise seas.

Option 2 - Moutti Tis Sotiras and Aphrodite

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

Descent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: Like the easier walk, we make our way to the 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 group at Aphrodite’s Bath for a well-earned drink to celebrate a great week’s walking.

Highlight: The superb views from Moutti tis Sotiras over the hills and valleys of the National Park to the coastline and memorable seascape.

We hope to see you again soon.

Cyprus Paphos Itinerary Map

Constantinou Bros Hotels - Cyprus

The 4-star Constantinou Bros Hotels enjoy an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos. HF Holidays guests could stay at either the Athena Beach or Pioneer Beach properties. The hotels offer a wide range of facilities and bright spacious rooms. The local shops are just a short walk away. The hotels are renowned for their warm and friendly staff and have been awarded Silver and Gold Hotel Awards from HF Holidays for their outstanding feedback.


All the bedrooms are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished.

The hotels have 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, Wi-Fi, safe deposit boxes, tea and coffee making facilities replenished daily, espresso machine, fridge, a mini-bar (on request with charge), hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, and air conditioning May-October or heating November- April. Rooms also include bathroom with bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower, scales, magnifying mirror, floor to ceiling windows, deluxe toiletries, ironing facilities, pool/beach towels in room towels, USB socket.


Hotel facilities Athena Beach Hotel

  • Bar with a large, comfortable terrace
  • Beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens
  • 3 freshwater swimming pools
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • 24-rink indoor and outdoor bowls green facilities
  • Mini-golf
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange

Hotel's Elixir Spa

  • Heated pool (heated November to March)
  • 2 Saunas
  • Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages
  • Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate

 Hotel facilities Pioneer Beach Hotel

  • 3 Bars. 1 with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens
  • 1 freshwater swimming pool
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Indoor and outdoor bowls green facilities
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange

Hotel's Elixir Spa

  • Heated pool (heated November to March)
  • 2 Saunas free of charge
  • 1 Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages

Hotel policies

Mobility scooters are not permitted in the hotel, although use of manual or electric wheelchairs are. 


Food & Drink

Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet. 


This an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.

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.

Evening meal

3-course evening meal served from the buffet. 

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.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Constantinou Bros Hotel are:
Dinner: Smart/casual - knee length tailored shorts, closed shoes and t-shirts with sleeves
A La Carte Restaurant: Long trousers, closed shoes, t-shirts with sleeves

Your Evenings

In Europe, our walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.  After a relaxed evening meal take advantage of the warm evenings and  chat with your fellow guests drinking a cocktail in the hotel gardens or just listen to live music one evening at your hotel.

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 Paphos 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.

Athena Beach - Cyrpus

Getting to Constantinou Bros Hotels - Cyprus

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room: From £140 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Gatwick to Paphos included
  • Regional flight available from Manchester from £60pp. Other UK regional connecting flights available on request
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort – price per taxi: £25 one way.
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Paphos Airport: From £15pp one way.
7 nights
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:

7 nights from £999pp
without flights

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