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Cyprus Nature Trails

- Paphos Nature

The best way to discover Cyprus is to walk at different nature trails around the island


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The Forestry Department has created a number of trails within the state forests in various parts of the island, from Cape Gkreko in the southeast to Akamas peninsula in the west.

These have been carefully designed to cover areas of rich natural vegetation and cultural interest. They have been landscaped on gentle gradients and are, as a rule, circular so that all age groups can easily use them.
In many cases, there are signposts in place, to indicate the starting point of the trail, as well as flora and geology features along the route.

Although walking in Cyprus can be enjoyed throughout the year, the recommended seasons are during late Autumn (November) and spring, when the Cyprus rural and forest areas are at full bloom.


Degree of difficulty of trails
All nature trails are divided into 3 categories according to the degree of difficulty, as follows:

Category 1: Easy trail, with gentle gradient. Suitable for all ages and state of fitness.

Category 2: Medium degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in generally average to good state of fitness. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), and/or course along narrow or rough terrain.

Category 3: High degree of difficulty. Route with difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), course along particularly rough and/or slippery, and/or narrow, and/or steep terrain. Suitable for adults in generally good to very good state of fitness.





1. Aphrodite Trail (circular)
Starting point: Baths of Aphrodite. The section between the Baths and Pyrgos tis Rigainas (the Castle of Regina at Queens Tower) is shared with the Adonis trail. The trail follows a rising path to the hill known as Moutti tis Sotiras (370m) and this can be quite tiring, especially in summer. There are springs with drinking water at two points,one at Pyrgos tis Rigainas (the Castle of Regina) and the other at Kefalovrisia.
Length: 7.5 km - Duration: 3 hours, Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: The baths of Aphrodite where, according to tradition, the Goddess of Love used to bathe. Ruins of the Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queens Tower), which are believed to have belonged to a medieval monastery. It is worth mentioning the huge centuries-old oak tree which can be seen at the picnic site, where drinking water is also available. Along the trail there are several points which give a view of Polis Chrysochous and the Pafos Forest. Along the route, there are two potable water fountains, one near the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queens Tower) and one between location Loutra and Kakoskali. The trail links with Adonis trail.


2. Adonis Trail (circular)
Starting point: Baths of Aphrodite. Like Aphrodite Trail, the walk can be quite tiring. Two springs of drinking water can be found at Pyrgos tis Rigainas and Kefalovrysia.
Length: 7.5 km - Duration: 3 hours - Degree of difficulty: 3
Points of interest: From the western part there is a view of various beaches of Akamas, such as Lara Bay, Tzioni, Karavopetres, etc. The path goes past Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queens Tower). At Kefalovrysia location it links up with Smiges trail. In order to complete its circular path the trail follows the main road connecting the Baths of Aphrodite and Polis, for about 400m.


3. Smigies Trail (circular)
Starting point: Smigies picnic site, 2.5 km from Neo Chorio
Length: (a) short route 2.5 km Time: (a) short route 1 hour
Length: (b) long route 5 km Time: (b) long route 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: View to the east of Polis Chrysochous Bay, Latsi, Pachyammos and Pafos Forest, and to the west Lara Bay, Tzioni, Karavopetres, etc. The long route goes past the disused magnesium mines which include a deserted kiln and then through a dense part of Akamas forest. The long rout links up with Adonis trail at the location Kefalovrysia (potable water fountain location). At their starting point both trails pass by Piana fire lookout station.


4. Pissouromoutti Trail (circular)
Starting point: Smigies picnic site
Length: 3 km - Duration: 1 1/2 hours Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: Rich growth of Juniper Phoenicia, pistacia, etc. Views of Polis Bay to the northeast and beaches of Akamas to the west.


5. Agia Eirini ,Limeria (Spilies tou Digeni) Trail (Linear)
Starting point: Agia Eirini village. Location Selladi tis Straorouthkias is accessed 2 km of loose surface road from Spilia village, thereon walking for a further 2 km towards location Limeria.
Length: 5 km .Duration: 2.5 hours. Degree of difficulty: 3 due to steep, ascending gradient
Points of interest: The trail passes through rich forest vegetation offering excellent views towards Morfou Bay and the opportunity to visit various hideouts used by E.O.K.A*. At the location Selladi tis Straorouthkias the trail meets the Kourdali-Limeria (Spilies tou Digeni) trail. Both trails continue on a common route for 2 km.


6. Kourdali .Limeria (Spilies tou Digeni) (Trail (Linear)
Starting point: Kourdali village. Location Selladi tis Straorouthkias is accessed 2 km on loose surface road from Spilia village, thereon walking for a further 2 km towards location Limeria.
Length: 3.6 km. Duration: 1.5 hours. Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: The trail passes through rich forest vegetation offering the opportunity to visit various hideouts used by E.O.K.A*. At location Selladi tis Straorouthkias the traiI meets Agia Eirini-Limeria (Spilies tou Digeni) trail. Both trails continue on a common route for 2 km.

*Ethniki Organosi Kyprion Agoniston (E.O.K.A), National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters, fought an anticolonial, liberation war during period 1955-59.


7. Moutti tis Choras-Selladi tou Karamanli Trail (Linear)
Starting point: (a) Location Moutti tis Choras, I km past the village of Spilia towards Agia Eirini and Kannavia villages. (b) Location Selladi tou Karamanli, 1.5 km from Spilia on loose surface road.
Length: 3.8 km . Duration: 1.5 hours . Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: Old trail offering excellent views towards Morfou Bay. Connects with the local area network of trails such as Doxa si o Theos-Moutti tis Choras, Madari-Selladi tou Karamanli and Selladi tou Karamanli-Kannavia. The trail passes through rich forest vegetation known locally as Mavra Dasi (Black Forests). Midway through the trail there is a smaller path leading to a giant Kermes oak tree .Quercus coccifera ssp. Calliprinos.


8. Doxa si o theos-Moutti tis Choras Trail (Linear)
Starting point: (a) Location Doxa si o Theos, 2 km from Kyperounda sanatorium/emergency centre, or 5 km from Spilia village on the Kyperounda-Spilia village towards Agia Eirini/Kannavia villages.
Length: 1.8 km ,Duration: 30 minutes Degree of difficulty: 1I
Points of interest: A forest loose surface road trail. Offers excellent views towards Morfou Bay. Connects with the local area trail network of Doxa si o Theos-Madari and Moutti tis Choras-Selladi tou Karamanli. At starting point (a) there is a fountain with potable water.


9. Doxa si o Theos-Madari Fire Lookout Station Trail (Linear)
Starting point: (a) Location Doxa si o Theos, 2 km from Kyperounda sanatorium/first aid centre or 5 km from Spilia village on Kyperounda-Spilia main road. (b) Madari fire lookout station. Vehicular access from Chandria-Polystypos main road, towards the Adelfoi peak. The route is surfaced during its initial 800m. The final 800m are on uneven, narrow and steep loose surface road.
Length: 3.8 km, Duration: 2 hours. Degree of difficulty: 3

Points of interest: Panoramic views all around from an altitude of 1400-1600m, along Madari range. The trail ends near the Adelfoi peak (1613m). Ramblers have the opportunity to visit Madari fire lookout station overlooking the area. Connects with the local area trail network of Madari-Selladi tou Karamanli and Doxa si o Theos-Moutti tis Choras. At starting point (a) there is a fountain with potable water.


10. Teichia tis Madaris Trail (Circular)
Starting point: Near Madari fire lookout station, by the end point of Doxa si o Theos-Madari trail. The starting point can be accessed by vehicle from Chandria-Polystypos main road in the direction of Adelfoi peak, 3 km away. The road is surfaced up to the lower starting point of the trail.
Length: 3 km, Duration: 1.5 hours, Degree of difficulty: 2
Points of interest: High, impressive cliffs all along the trail. Trails through an interesting geological area. Excellent views towards Mesaoria plain and Morfou Bay. It connects with the trails Madari-Doxa si o Theos and Madari-Selladi tou Karamanli.


11. Madari-Selladi tou Karamanli Trail (linear)
Starting point: Near Madari fire lookout station. Vehicular access from the Chandria ,Polystypos main road. The final 800m of the access road is on loose surface road, rugged and steep. Ends up at location Selladi tou Karamanli, where there is access towards Saranti village (1.5 km surfaced road) and Spilia village (6 km loose surface road).
Length: 3.5 km, Duration: 1.5 hours ,Degree of difficulty: 3, difficult descending route
Points of interest: Excellent views towards Morfou Bay, Mesaoria plain and Troodos range. About half way through, the route trails through a cedar forest. It connects with the local area trail network of Madari-Doxa si o Theos, Teichia tis Madaris, Moutti tis Choras-Selladi tou Karamanli and Selladi tou Karamanli-kannavia. Through a surfaced road of 2 km it connects with the Lagoudera-Agros trail.


12. Selladi tou Karamanli-Kannavia Trail (linear)
Starting point: Location Selladi tou Karamanli on the main road from Saranti village to Spilia village. The part of the road from Saranti village is surfaced whilst the part of the road from Spilia village is on loose surface road. Ends at Kannavia village.
Length: 3 km,Duration: 1.5 hours, Degree of difficulty: 3
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