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An Island of Surprises

Cyprus's mythical beauty
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • two-centre, self-guided walking holiday
  • rewarding walking in two landscapes, foothills and coast
  • warm, hospitable culture
  • rich flora and fauna, plus world heritage archaeology
  • car hire included

Renowned for its hospitality, that is as warm as the plentiful sunshine, Cyprus is an island rich in history and full of surprises; of soaring, pine-clad mountains, numerous tiny frescoed churches and dramatic, internationally important, archaeological sites. There is so much to discover here, from diverse flowers, unexpectedly alpine-like valleys and views that stretch as far as the coast, to traditional hamlets where the villagers amaze you with their friendliness.

As I bent to re-lace my boots, the scent of crushed thyme rose from the warm earth and mingled with the sounds of morning birdsong. A sense of complete tranquillity descended...

In the Krasochoria wine region, on the southern slopes of the central Troodos Mountains, are timeless villages, herb scented terraced slopes and, of course, excellent small wineries. In the west, on the Akamas Peninsula, near where Aphrodite is said to have bathed after her trysts, is a contrasting landscape of azure seas and goat-grazed hillsides, ablaze with flowers in early spring. With the freedom a hire car brings, you have the pick of our varied walks, each with sweeping views to reward the walker, and opportunities to see some of the island’s best ancient treasures.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 14 15 17 21 25 29 32 32 30 26 21 16
mm 97 75 56 25 15 4 2 3 3 27 49 102

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

In the mountains, temperatures will often be lower than the figures given above for the coast.