Nature & Sports


Cycling

In the last few years Cyprus has taken off as a destination for cycling enthusiasts both as a place to enjoy the sport and as a means to explore the island. Cyprus has perfect weather for cycling and what makes the island stand out as a heaven for cyclists is its compactness. Our region, in particular, combines attractive beaches with pine-clad peaks, tranquil villages, vineyards and sites of mythical and archaeological importance.

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Below you will find some routes proposed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation as ideal for cycling

Excursion 1: Polis – Pyrgos

Excursion 1: Polis – Pyrgos
Route: Polis, Gialia, Nea Dimmata, Pomos, Pachyammos, Pyrgos
Total Distance: 48 km
Difficulty rate: Easy and almost flat road with only one uphill.







Excursion 2: Baths of Aphrodite – Lara - Paphos

Excursion 2: Baths of Aphrodite – Lara - Paphos
Route: Baths of Aphrodite, Fontana Amorosa, Lara, Avakas, Agios Georgios, Paphos
Total distance: 37 km
Difficulty rate: Easy, but with some uphills and uneven surface.







Excursion 3: Polis – Agios Merkourios – Argaka – Polis

Excursion 3: Polis – Agios Merkourios – Argaka – Polis
Route: Polis, Argaka, Agios Merkourios, Argaka, Polis
Total distance: 28 km
Difficulty rate: Easy route, despite being on a dirt route.







Excursion 4: Polis – Neo Chorio – Akamas lighthouse

Excursion 4: Polis – Neo Chorio – Akamas lighthouse
Route: Polis – Latchi – Neo Chorio – Smigies picnic site – Akamas Lighthouse.
Total distance: 22 km
Difficulty rate: A mountain bike with 21 speed is required.







Useful Telephones:
Cyprus Tourism Organisation – Polis Office
2, Vasileos Stasioikou A', Tel. + 357 26322468

Petrides Car Rental
Andrea Lardou 10, tel: +357 26321578, +357 99411319, +357 99402347


Hiking

As people say, in order to really know a place, you need to walk it. Along the island, there is a vast choice of natural walking trails, which have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes of Cyprus.

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Below you will find some trails:

Trail 1: Adonis (Circular)

Trail 1: Adonis (Circular)
Starting Point: Baths Of Aphrodite
Length: 7,5km
Estimated Duration: 3 - 4 Hours
This trail offers beautiful views of Polis Chrysochous, the Pafos Forest and the Akamas peninsula. At the starting point you can visit the Botanical Gardens of Akamas. The path runs past Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen's Tower) and connects with the Smigies trail at Kefalovrysia, where there's a water fountain. Another point worth mentioning is a 500-year-old oak tree, which is located near the ruins of the tower. To return full circle, the trail follows the main road that connects the Baths of Aphrodite with Polis.


Trail 2: Aphrodite (Circular) Trail 2: Aphrodite (Circular)
Starting Point: Baths Of Aphrodite
Length: 7,5km
Estimated Duration: 3 - 4 Hours
Of special interest on this trail are the Baths of Aphrodite, where, according to legend, the goddess used to take her baths, as well as the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen's Tower), which are believed to belong to a medieval monastery. Another point worth mentioning is a 500-year-old oak tree, which is located near the ruins of the tower. Along the trail you can find excellent views of Cape Arnaoutis, Polis Chrysochous and the PAFOS Forest.


Trail 3: Smigies (Circular) Trail 3: Smigies (Circular)
Starting Point: Smigies Picnic Site, 2,5km From Neo Chorio,
Length: 2,5km
Estimated Duration: 1 Hour
The trail offers beautiful views of the coastline of the Akamas peninsula, Lara Bay, Polis Chrysochous bay, Pachyammos and the Paphos forest.


Snorkelling & Diving

Cyprus is attracting divers from almost every country to enjoy the waters which once delivered Aphrodite to us. When divers think of Cyprus, they think of underwater tunnels and canyons, mystical caves, ancient amphora along the Roman harbours, majestic arches, steep rock faces descending deep down to the ocean floor and a rich underwater flora and fauna, unique for the Mediterranean due to the proximity of the Red Sea.

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Below are the most popular diving and snorkelling spots in our region

Nissi Koppos

This remote spot around the island of Koppos, west of the Akamas peninsula, is something of an insider's tip, especially since it is best explored in the early hours of the morning, when you might catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean monk seal.

Khamalis & Mazaki Nissi

In the extreme north of the Akamas peninsula, which is all but unpopulated, rugged rocks stand against the crashing of the waves offering shelter to all sorts of creatures both on the surface and below

Isles of Agios Konon & Akro Geranisou

To the east of the Akamas peninsula, charming grottos, expansive caves and breath-taking cliffs stretch along the coast where sponges, octopuses, cuttlefish, hermit crabs and many other creatures take shelter, making this dive spot quite a highlight.

St. George Reef

Opposite the island of Agios Georgios, there is a shallow diving spot, considered as a 'playground' for any diver, as it is full of with colourful overhangs, cavernous archways, rock formations as well as elongated openings and canyons.



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