Walk on one of the many nature trails
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The trail starts at the Kionia Picnic site, where you can find a fountain with drinking water. The trails runs through a forest section and offers great views of Masaoria plain. It belongs to the Machairas National Forest Park, which is a Natura 200 site and is part of the E4 European walking route. The trail ends at Profitis Elias picnic site.
A masterpiece of nature, Avakas Gorge is situated in the unspoilt Akamas peninsula in northwest Pafos. A hiker’s paradise, it offers spectacular views and a generous introduction to local flora and fauna, including the endangered centauria akamantis – an endemic plant found only in the gorge. Carved out of limestone rocks, rising up as high as 30 metres and narrowing dramatically at one point, the gorge is a fairly difficult hike as the rough track winds its way along and over the stream that formed this natural wonder over thousands of years. Parts of the walk are slippery and involve a certain amount of clambering over rocks and stones. Solid footwear and sensible clothes are recommended.
The trail is named after the mythological Atalanta, a nymph protected by the Goddess Artemis. The route circles around Mount Olympus at a lower altitude than the Artemis trail and passes through dense forest of black pine (pinus nigra) and Troodos juniper. One of them is a huge 800-year-old juniper tree.
On the trail you will find information signs about the plants, shrubs and trees of the mountain range and characteristic rocks of the Troodos ophiolite complex. The trail does not feature any particularly difficult slopes but you need to take care because at certain points along the trail there are projecting stones. sticking out. You will enjoy a beautiful view in the direction of the villages of the Limassol, Paphos and Nicosia districts. At a distance of 3km from the starting point there is a spring with drinking water and wooden benches to rest on. After 9km, the route reaches the main Troodos-Prodromos road.
Grab a yoga mat and lose yourself in some energizing flowing yoga practice on a mountain hilltop.
Learn to dive off the Akamas peninsula or dive down to the famous Xenobia wreck off the coast of Larnaca.
Take a boat trip along the Akamas peninsula.
Bungee jump - at Ayia Napa.
Rock climb - at Episkopi village near Paphos or near Drouseia village close to Polis.
Paragliding - at any of the water sport locations across the island.
Kite-board - try this new exciting activity on the water - now available in the Polis/Latchi area and also in Limassol.
Go horse riding - riding centre at Tochni near Larnaca and new stables near Lysos village close to Polis on the west.
Hire a mountain bike or take a guided mountain tours in the Paphos forest. Easy to advanced level rides available
Ski -between January-April in the Troodos mountains.
Bird watch - best time is in spring when migratory birds arrive on the island. A good spot to take some binoculars is the Evretou dam, a favorite cycle ride location for us.
Go-karting - at Paphos, Polis and other locations across the island.
Get WET! at a water park - great fun for all the family. Look for special offers as it can be expensive for a whole family.
Sail - harbours at Latchi, Paphos, Limassol with small cats and larger boats available for hire. Our favourite location is off the Anassa beach near Latchi where winds are usually strong after lunch.
Play tennis. Most large hotels have courts for both guest and locals use.
Bowls - especially popular in the winter months for long stay residents.
Like golf holidays? Cyprus has 4 golf courses on the west of the island and several more are planned. The latest is Nick Faldo's course at Geroskipou just outside Paphos.