Guided Walking & Sightseeing on Cyprus
EXPLORE WESTERN CYPRUS, FROM THE WILD AKAMAS PENINSULA TO THE MAGNIFICENT TROODOS MOUNTAINS
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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.
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. On top of viewing remarkable scenery, there are lots of wildlife to see. Take the green turtles that lay their eggs every summer on Lara Beach, which is protected by conservationists throughout the year.
- 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
- 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
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:
“The hotel and its location were amazing. The trip was topped off with great company and great food!”
The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos.
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.
|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.
||Hotel's Elixir Spa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 800 feet (240m) of ascent in a day.
Harder 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 Paphos 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 Paphos 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 Paphos.
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 Paphos 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 Paphos.
Day 6: Pomegranates and vines
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.
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. 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.
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.
Paphos and Nea Paphos
Paphos has an interesting history, dating back to Neolithic times, the current city of Paphos was not a particularly important centre until the 1970s, when tourism flourished in the area. Until this time, the city was in decline, as the Capital City, Nicosia, grew in importance on the island. Paphos airport is now the second largest on the island, and the city became the European Capital of Culture in 2017.
You can enjoy the beach of Paphos in the sun or hire bikes from the tour office to see the sites in the city.
On the fringe of Paphos is the ancient city of Nea Paphos (New Paphos) is steeped in mythology, with strong ancient links to the Greek goddesses Aphrodite and Artemis, the city was built next to a natural harbor. Nowadays, the site is open to visitors, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This archaeological site boasts outstanding archaeological park features extensive Greco-Roman ruins and incredibly well-preserved mosaics depicting ancient mythology.
Did you know?
Cyprus was once the wealthiest nation in the known world. It was during the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island's rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries.
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 short 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
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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
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person