Guided Walking & Sightseeing on Cyprus

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Spring Sunshine

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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Nestled between Turkey and the Middle East, Cyprus is a Mediterranean gem which, due to its southerly position, enjoys warm sunshine when most of Europe is still battling the cold. However, Cyprus’ biggest surprise is its incredibly diverse landscape. The picturesque beaches are expected but just a short journey takes you into the incredible Troodos Mountains (a ski resort in winter) or to the beautifully green and untouched Akamas Peninsula. Aphrodite’s island is perfect for a walking holiday in early spring.

 

Holiday highlights

  • Discover the true identity of Aphrodite’s isle from the wild Akamas Peninsula to the magnificent Troodos mountains
  • Stay in Pafos, with its pretty harbour, great beaches and a host of archaeological gems
  • Enjoy walking in surprisingly green and abundant nature, bathed in Mediterranean sunshine
  • 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

Price includes:

  • 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 

 

 

 

Pafos - Capital of Culture 2017 Pafos

You may notice a new vibe about Pafos during your visit, recently crowned the 2017 Capital of Culture.  The town has been spruced up and the attractions, shops and cafés have been given a make over ready for the busy year ahead.  Pafos is steeped in culture and history, with some of the most important archaeological sites in and around the town.  There are 12 museums but it is worth a visit to Nea Pafos with amazing mosaic floors amongst the remnants of Roman villas and the entrance fee for the whole site is only €4.50! Also, look out for celebrations first Monday of Lent; Green Monday, (27 Feb) is an official holiday in Cyprus where traditional attire is worn, lots of music and dancing and there is a kite flying competition at the town's lighthouse.



Cyprus view

Cyprus is far more than a lazy beach-time resort. The scenery of Cyprus unfolds across glittering coasts, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands.

Janna Gosling our Abroad Leaders Executive had this to say about her recent stay at the Athena Beach hotel: Cyprus Janna

 

“The hotel and its location were amazing. The trip was topped off with great company and great food!”

In pictures...

Accommodation

Athena Beach Hotel in Cyprus

The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Pafos.

The hotel is also renowned for its warm and friendly staff. 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.

Gold & Silver accommodation 60pxHF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Great Hotel Staff, Dining and Breakfast.
Silver Award for Overall Hotel.

Your room

There are 327 en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished.

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.
Athena Beach Hotel bedroom

Facilities

Athena Beach Hotel swimming pools Hotel facilities
  • 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
  • Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages
  • Facial and body therapies
  • Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate

Dining

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

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

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

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.
Athena Beach Hotel outdoor terrace

Your evenings

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.

Itinerary

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  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each walking day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 800 feet (240m) of ascent in a day. 

 

HF Holidays walks level 3 mediumHarder Walks: 7 to 10 miles (11-16km) on good paths with some steep ascents and descents. There are also some rocky sections. Up to 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival day

For those arriving on the HF Holidays’ flights to Paphos airport, the onward journey to Pafos is by coach. You should arrive in time to settle into your room and perhaps enjoy a short walk before the evening meal. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.


Day 2: 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 3: Troodos heights

Our coach takes us away from the beaches through the fascinating countryside of west Cyprus up into the mountains. We arrive at the ski resort of Troodos, nestling just below the summit of Mt Olympus (1,950m), the highest point on Cyprus. We’ll certainly notice the difference in temperature as we start walking. Both groups follow routes circumnavigating the mountain. Wandering through forests of juniper, pine and cedar on good paths, we can enjoy far reaching views out towards Pafos.

Easier Walk: We start from the Sun Valley Taverna on the side of Mt Olympus at an altitude of round 1,850m. From here we will circumnavigate Mt Olympus through Venetian fortifications and lovely juniper trees with great views throughout. 5 miles (8km) with 200ft (60m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We’ll take a lower route around Mt Olympus at an altitude of 1,750m so that we can enjoy the great views to Pafos for a little longer as we wind our way past old mines, juniper and cedar trees to the beautiful Troodos village. 9 miles (14.5km) with 200ft (60m) of ascent.

 


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.


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.

Local area

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.

Travel

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.

 

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘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.

easyJet flight

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘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:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Paphos airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £9.00.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £33.00 per single taxi journey?

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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • Sea view: £7 per person per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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