Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, is a nature lover's paradise. Its stunning beaches, rugged mountains, and charming vineyards offer ample opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, and wine tasting. Its rich history dates back over 10,000 years, boasting archaeological sites like the ancient city-kingdoms of Paphos and Salamis and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the painted churches of Troodos. The island's culinary scene is a vibrant blend of Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern influences, with dishes like halloumi, moussaka, and souvlaki tantalizing visitors' taste buds. In addition, Cyprus provides various leisure activities, from relaxing in the exquisite beach resorts of Ayia Napa and Limassol to exploring traditional villages like Lefkara. Finally, the warm and hospitable Cypriot people add to the island's appeal, making it a destination where history, nature, and culture come together in an unforgettable blend.Languages: HE, RU
Кипр – это родина богини Афродиты, или Венеры в римской мифологии. Всем хорошо известна картина Боттичелли «Рождение Венеры». Древнейшее святилище этой богини находилось в Старом Пафосе, а скалы у подножья гор, почитались как место рождения Венеры из пены морской. Небольшое исследование этих мест откроет много необычного в переплетении преданий, мифов, образов, культов и верований с глубокой древности до наших дней. Появляются связи между Афродитой и Астартой, между киприотами и ахейцами, между названием деревни Куклия и словом Кувуклия в храме Гроба Господнего в Иерусалиме. It was wonderful adventure!
Baths of Adonis and Aphrodite is a beautiful place with a waterfall and an old mill. Neophytos Monastery is a place where history, faith, and wonders of creation meet together. The cozy streets of the upper city will tell you about the modern history of the town and invite you to enjoy the local bar or restaurant.
A one-day tour of Nicosia and Kakopetria is a great way to experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of Cyprus. Starting in Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus, you can explore the island's rich history by visiting numerous historical sites, such as the Venetian walls, Ledra Street, and the buffering zones.
After a morning of sightseeing in Nicosia, head to the picturesque village of Kakopetria in the Troodos Mountains. This charming village is renowned for its traditional architecture, including beautiful stone houses and winding cobblestone streets. Stroll through the town to admire the beautiful homes or visit the Church of Transfiguration, which boasts stunning frescoes from the post-Byzantine era.
One of the most popular attractions in Kakopetria is the Karkotis River, which offers a perfect setting for relaxing sightseeing or a refreshing waterfall breeze of the clear waters. For those who enjoy hiking, the Vateri Nature Trail is a great way to explore the surrounding mountains and forests.
Travelling along the Caledonia Trail in Cyprus is filled with enchantment and natural beauty. As you venture towards the waterfall and descend through the forested paths, you'll be captivated by the stunning Artemis Trail that awaits you after completing the Caledonia route.
The Artemis Trail is a magnificent path that leads you to the breathtaking beauty of nature. With every step, you'll be immersed in picturesque landscapes and surrounded by the serenity of the surroundings. It's a trail showcasing Cyprus's splendour, offering glimpses of its diverse flora and fauna.
One of the highlights of the journey is reaching the summit of Mount Olympus. Standing proudly, the peak of Mount Olympus offers panoramic views that are truly awe-inspiring. It's an experience that connects you with the grandeur of nature and reminds you of the wonders Cyprus has to offer.
To fully appreciate your hiking adventure, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the abbreviations of the hiking routes. This knowledge not only allows you to navigate the trails efficiently but also opens doors to experience the modern life and cultural offerings of the island. You'll have the opportunity to discover vibrant towns, engage with locals, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of contemporary Cyprus.
After exploring the wonders of the Caledonia Trail and enjoying the beauty of Artemis Trail and Mount Olympus, consider embarking on the third shaded hike, Madaris. This trail provides another exceptional hiking experience, allowing you to delve deeper into Cyprus' natural treasures.
Following your outdoor adventures, a delightful treat awaits you in the idyllic village of Pelendri. Here, you can indulge in a leisurely and satisfying meal at Symposio Tavern, which pays tribute to medieval knights and preserves their memory. The tavern offers a delightful culinary experience, where you can savour unique dishes that have found their place in the gastronomic heritage of Cyprus.
Finally, continue your journey to Platres, a town built by the English with its iconic red brick architecture and a vibrant culture that celebrates lavender, pubs, and bars. Explore the town's charming streets, experience the unique atmosphere, and immerse yourself in the cultural richness of this delightful destination.
In summary, travelling the Caledonia Tail allows you to embrace the wonders of nature, indulge in delectable cuisine, and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Cyprus. It's a remarkable journey that combines natural beauty, historical influences, and modern pleasures, leaving you with treasured memories of your time on the island.
Awakening in the tranquil embrace of the Secret Forest, formerly the Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, is an unparalleled delight. An early morning stroll along the nearby segment of the Anerades Natural Trail, close to the village of Miliou, brings a burst of exhilaration. The morning sun casts a golden glow on the blossoming spring flora, and the air is thick with the scent of pine and citrus, an intoxicating aroma that invigorates the senses. The charm of Miliou, with its quaint stone houses and cobblestone streets, creates an atmosphere of timeless tranquillity. The rejuvenating journey through the picturesque countryside and the historic village encapsulates the unique allure of a Cypriot spring morning.
Your day begins with a serene visit to the historic Kykkos Monastery, where the ornate decorations and tranquil atmosphere offer a peek into Cyprus's rich ecclesiastical tradition. From there, you journey to the mountain tomb of Makarios III, a place marked by solemnity and historical significance, boasting panoramic views of the island. The next leg of your trip involves traversing the medieval Venetian bridges over the Diorios River, where the impressive architecture harkens back to an era of grandeur and rich cultural exchange. As the sun sets, you find yourself in the charming village of Lofou, walking down its cobblestone streets, surrounded by traditional stone houses that seem to whisper tales from the past. Here in Lofou, you end the day with a sense of fulfilment, as if you've truly experienced the very heart and soul of Cyprus.
The Millomeris Waterfall Trail and the Milia Medieval Bridge Trail are popular hiking trails in Cyprus that offer a unique and memorable experience, especially during the early morning hours.
Starting with the Millomeris Waterfall Trail, you might begin your hike as the sun rises, casting a soft and warm glow on the surrounding mountains and forests. The trail is in a lush and verdant landscape, with dense vegetation and towering trees lining the path. As you walk, you'll hear the soothing sound of water flowing nearby, and you might catch glimpses of small streams and ponds that dot the landscape.
As you continue along the trail, you'll eventually reach the main attraction: the Millomeris Waterfall. The waterfall cascades down a rocky cliff face, sending a mist that adds a mystical quality to the surroundings. The early morning light filters through the trees, casting the waterfall and its surroundings in a soft, golden glow that is truly breathtaking.
Moving on to the Milia Medieval Bridge trail, the early morning hours offer a different atmosphere. The trail winds through a rugged and rocky landscape, with cliffs and deep valleys stretching out in all directions. The track is dotted with ancient ruins and landmarks, including the Milia Medieval Bridge, which dates back to the 14th century.
As you hike through this rugged terrain, the early morning light creates dramatic shadows and highlights, adding depth and texture to the landscape. You might also catch glimpses of wildlife, including birds of prey and other active animals, during the more incredible hours of the day.
Overall, hiking these trails during the early morning offers a unique and unforgettable experience, with stunning natural beauty and a sense of tranquillity that is hard to find elsewhere.
We started a route at the Energy Islands Resort Hotel and set out on the west coast through villages near the famous Akmas area. Katiks village is known for a special grape variety, the village of St. Giorgios - a place of tranquility and the west coast - through a picturesque way to the airport. Translated with Google Translate
Begin your enchanting few hours in Limassol with a convenient parking stop at the city's new marina's covered garage, the perfect starting point for a stroll through the upscale marina. Then, indulge in a morning coffee or late brunch at one of the waterfront establishments, where you can bask in azure waters and the tranquil rhythm of harbour life.
Continue your journey along the scenic Molos promenade, leading you to the verdant haven of Limassol's Municipal Garden, a lush respite amidst the city buzz. Depending on your interests and time, you may choose to explore the treasures of the nearby Archaeological Museum, steeping you into the island's rich history.
Transition to the historic heart of Limassol at Saint Andrew's Street, a living testament to British rule mingling effortlessly with modern innovation. Here, satiate your palate with an authentic meze at the local taverna, arguably one of the best in town, and delve into the flavorful world of Cypriot cuisine.
Venture deeper into the narrow lanes of old Limassol, past churches and the notable Limassol Castle, each step echoing tales of the legendary English King Richard the Lionheart and his famed wife, who wed right here in Limassol. Finally, let your day wind down as you sit along the waterfront, observing the gentle sea waves under the gradually dimming sky - a serene end to a day steeped in history, culture, and unforgettable experiences.
Embarking on a road trip from the Secret Forest Hotel to the Akamas Peninsula Nature Reserve, you can experience a captivating journey along the Aphrodite's Trail. This scenic drive takes you through breathtaking landscapes and offers a glimpse of Cyprus' natural beauty. As you traverse the trail, you'll encounter picturesque vistas, rugged coastlines, and verdant forests, all while immersing yourself in the mythological ambience surrounding Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The road trip allows you to appreciate the tranquillity of the Akamas Peninsula, explore hidden coves, and take leisurely walks along the trail, discovering the wonders of nature at every turn. It's a remarkable adventure that combines the joy of driving with the allure of myth and nature's splendour.
A spontaneous walk through the city told the legends of ancient churches and the history of the Jewish mother, who became the patron saint of the ancient Roman catacombs. Also, the city’s biggest mole was beautifully decorated for Christmas, there was a very beautiful ceramic workshop and the revelation that the most delicious meat dish on the island is connected with theft. It was wonderful adventure! Translated with Google Translate
Medieval fortress, a long walk along the embankment and the necropolis of the kings. It was wonderful adventure! Translated with Google Translate
The archaeological park is the house of Eon, the house of Theseus, the house of Dionysus and numerous mosaics that take to the world of myths and legends, wondrous images and terrible demons, a world in which gods act like people and people are not afraid of gods. Translated with Google Translate
A road trip from the airport in Paphos to the Kallithea Inn in Platres Trodos via Aphrodite Rocks, Pissouri Village, the Prastio-Avdhimos Waterfall Trail is a journey that offers a diverse range of experiences and sights.
First, you'll visit Aphrodite Rocks, a stunning coastal area that is said to be the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. You can dip in the clear, turquoise waters or relax on the beach and enjoy the views.
Next, you'll head to Pissouri Village, known for its excellent wine and cuisine. You can sample some local wines and try some delicious traditional dishes, such as grilled meats, fresh seafood, and handmade pastries.
Afterwards, you'll take a scenic drive to the Prastio-Avdhimos Waterfall Trail, where you can hike through the low-growing shrubs of juniper and enjoy the breathtaking views of the waterfall canyon at sunset. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and connect with the local flora and fauna.
Finally, you'll arrive at the Kallithea Inn in Platres Trodos, a charming hotel in the heart of the Troodos Mountains. This historic hotel, once a winter home for one family, offers a cosy and comfortable stay in a stunning mountain setting.
This road trip is a great way to explore what central Cyprus and the surrounding area offer, from stunning coastal scenery to charming mountain villages and breathtaking natural wonders.
It was wonderful adventure!
The archaeological park where the house of Aion, the house of Theseus, the house of Dionysus and numerous mosaics will drive you away to the world of myths and legends, wondrous images and terrible demons, the where gods act like people and people are not afraid of gods.