Back to Basics: Exploring Cyprus’ Nature Trails

Blessed with near to year-round sunshine, fresh, clean air, and a varied landscape of mountain and sea that epitomises Mediterranean magic, Cyprus is sought after from near and far by people desiring of getting back to basics.

Reacquainting ourselves with the given earth upon which we thrive is one of the great joys of travelling. Fortunately, Cyprus is in no short supply of dedicated nature trails that can be explored on foot to this end.

Basking in the beauty of sunset colours, inhaling the scents of wildflowers, spying rare indigenous fauna, and even discovering monuments and remnants of historical importance are just a handful of inimitable experiences that come with taking to the island’s some 52 nature trails.

Paphos, in particular, is in the unique position of being home to the vast and untouched Akamas peninsula, which is in the process of being metamorphosed into a protected national park, and the site of a handful of said nature trails.

The Deputy Ministry of Tourism lists all trails on its official website, organising them according to length, difficulty, and whether they are linear or circular.

Before bouncing out the door and setting off on your journey, take a little time exploring the different routes to find the best match for your circumstance and physical fitness. Pack a bag with some snacks and water, and don’t forget the sunscreen…Nature awaits!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: A World of History at your Fingertips

Oft overlooked in comparison to its big and brazen counterparts of Limassol and Nicosia, it is easy to mistake Paphos for being a mere sleepy seaside town, leisurely sprawled across the west coast of the island.

Whilst it is well-known for its serene beaches and peaceful pace of life, Paphos’ vibrant history and culture nevertheless pulses throughout its expanse, leading it to having been named Europe’s Capital of Culture 2017.

Archaeological finds – whose importance worldwide cannot be overstated, and which have been recognised by UNESCO for their cultural impact – are plentiful, and make for an interesting and inspiring detour from the usual sun-sand-and-sea motif for which Paphos is typically sought.

So, if visiting Paphos, be sure to put the below sites on your must-see list: history is at your fingertips!

  1. Kato Paphos

The bustling harbour area in Kato Paphos discreetly disguises some of Cyprus’ most treasured archaeological sites. The remains of ancient Nea Paphos (Aphrodite’s Sacred City) include the world-famous and prized mosaics, the Odeon amphitheatre, and the Agora.

  1. Tombs of the Kings

Further afield along the coast (though still encompassed within the sprawling Archaeological Park of Nea Paphos) is the necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings, a complex of pristinely preserved tombs hidden beneath the surface of the land. Come spring, wildflowers bloom, blanketing the ground in intoxicating colours.

  1. Temple of Aphrodite (Aphrodite’s Sanctuary) and Palaepaphos (Old Paphos)

Located in the village of Kouklia on the outskirts of Paphos, this site – which dates to the 12th century BC – was once the most important city-kingdom on the island, and long served as a place of worship for the Ancient Greek mythological goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.

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