Whether you’re moving to Cyprus for an active retirement, or coming here for multiple holidays, you’ll soon come to love Cyprus’s beautiful countryside.
Spring is here so I’ve been exploring some nature trails again. Walking certainly helps me to relax and stay fit. Indeed it’s actually how I was able to get to know Cyprus. The walking trails are really great because they designed for different fitness levels and show off the wonderful landscape here, along with the unique wild flowers and plants.
You’ll also see the odd wild goat and sheep as well scampering over the mountains – it’s the milk of these goats that goes into our famous haloumi cheese, and sheep’s milk makes our delicious feta cheese that you’ll find sprinkled on your traditional Cyprus salad.
According to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (known locally as the CTO) all of the nature trails are categorised into three degrees of difficulty. These are:
Category 1 – this is easy for you to walk with only a slight slope. Everyone can use these, however fit you are.
Category 2 – average effort is required and you have to be fairly fit for this. It can change quickly from uphill to downhill and the path can be narrow or rough underfoot.
Category 3 – this is difficult. You can have sudden changes – uphill or downhill – and it may be slippery, narrow or steep. You have to have good fitness levels for these, and young children will find it difficult.
My favourite nature trails
Macheras National Forest Park
If you are based in Nicosia, my favourite nature place is Macheras National Forest Park. This has five nature trails within the park itself and they cover 19km of route. One of these trails is especially designed for those in wheelchairs. The trails are well sign-posted and provide useful information about points of interest along the way. Mountain biking takes place here too.
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Another trail I’ve found is the Akamas Forest. The trail follows the Avgas River and you can walk right through the impressive gorge along the stream, which usually has gentle, flowing water. There are so many unique Cyprus flowers here and they give off a great scent. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
If you are in Paphos, the Ezousa trail is another great walk. As you can see, this trail is great because it’s soft underfoot and so its kinder to your feet! I like this trail because there are so many wonderful views of the landscape. My favourite one is the Ezousa Valley. You’ll see plenty of very old trees that offer brilliant shade in the summer, and you can take a bike here too.
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And last, but not least, if you are in Limassol, my favourite trail here is Kyparissia-Germasogeia (pronounced Yamasoya) Dam.
So, I hope you can enjoy these four brilliant nature trails! And I’m sure there’s a lot more that I haven’t discovered. Enjoy them!