Cyprus Guided Walking Holiday
Explore western Cyprus, from the wild Akamas Peninsula to the Troodos Mountains
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our 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.
Discover lush green landscapes and charming villages. Walk between Byzantine ruins and vineyards, and on the wild Akamas Peninsula. There is lots of wildlife to see, including the green turtles that lay their eggs on Lara Beach. On your dedicated sightseeing day, travel to the picturesque villages of the Troodos Mountains.
- 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.
Cyprus Guided Walking & Sightseeing
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: Kouklia and Episkopi
Option 1: Down the Episkopi Valley
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m)
The walk in a nutshell: A short coach journey from the hotel brings us to the villages of Kouklia, with a temple dedicated to Aphrodite, and Episkopi. Here we hope to make
Don't miss: The ecology centre, with information about the local flora and fauna in the valley
Option 2: Valley trail from Episkopi
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: The harder walk also have the option of visiting the ecology centre, then follow the path of the easier walk, but continue further up the valley. In spring we could be treated to many gorgeous wild flowers as we continue on our trail along the valley.
Don't miss: Spotting the wild flowers in the valley.
Day 3: High village to turtle beach
Option 1: Akamas heights to the sea
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 100 feet (30m), with 1,200 feet (360m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don't miss: We finish our first day of walking with a well-earned drink at a coastline cafe.
Option 2: From rural village to the coast
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Ascent: 500 feet (150m), with 2,000 feet (600m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: We'll start our walk further along the Akamas Peninsula and wind our way down to Lara Bay. From here our route hugs the coastline, passing the mouth of the Auakas Gorge as we near Paphos and the end of our walk.
Don't miss: Lara Bay is famed as a breeding area for green and loggerhead turtles.
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
Option 1: Monasteries and Wine
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Ascent: 500 feet (150m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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 time to explore the monastery we continue on our way through vineyards to the beautiful Chrysorrogiatissa and on to the small town of Pano Panagia for refreshments.
Don't miss: 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: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our route begins in the village of Kannivou following farm tracks as we ascend to the Chrysorrogiatissa monastery - dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate' - with spectacular views to reward our effort. From here we'll wind our way to Pano Panagia to join the other party for a drink.
Don't miss: The monastery at Chrysorrogiatissa dates to the 12th Century and has wonderful frescoes and produces some of the island's finest wines.
Day 7: The Baths of Aphrodite
Option 1: Baths of Aphrodite
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m), with 1,000 feet (300m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: 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 past old mining areas to another picturesque picnic spot around a great oak tree, before making our descent to Aphrodite's Bath where our walk ends.
Don't miss: The Akamas Peninsula is a truly wild part of Cyprus with far reaching views over turquoise seas.
Option 2: Moutti Tis Sotiras and Aphrodite
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m), with 1,400 feet (420m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: The first part of our day mirrors the other party, walking towards the great oak tree. From here we ascend Moutti Tis Sotiras for 360° views above the Akamas Peninsula before zig-zagging our way down to join the other party for a well-earned drink at Aphrodite's Bath to celebrate a great week's walking.
Don't miss: The natural grotto with its small secluded pool with a mythical history; is this the bathing place of Aphrodite?
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
|7 Apr 2019||
CPLCL - Cyprus Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £18 per night
- Sea view: from £7 per person per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person