Walking

The island’s nature trails criss-cross the land and are renowned for varying landscapes, spectacular views and stunning flora and fauna. Whether you are out for a stroll or a more serious stomp, we highlight a few of the best trails around.

Aphrodite Trail

Length: Approx 6km
Time: Approx 3 hours
From the bottom of the resort, turn left and follow the trail towards Aphrodite’s Rock. The undulating path takes in breathtaking views of the sea and offers a cooling onshore breeze most days. Cool off with a swim around Aphrodite’s Rock at the end or have a well earned drink in the cafe opposite Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Birthplace).

Walking - Aphrodite Trail

Aphrodite Baths Walking Trail

Length: Approx 7.5 km
Time: Approx 4 hours
This trail gains its name from the starting point, the Baths of Aphrodite. Once on the track you will discover stunning sea views of Cape Aranoutis (Akamas) and of the Polis and Paphos forests. As you near the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas, you will discover the 100 year old oak tree which marks the point the trail links with the Adonis Walking Trail.

Adonis Walking Trail

Length: Approx 7.5 km
Time: Approx 4 hours
This trail allows for spectacular views of Polis, the Paphos forest and the Akamas itself and will take you past the Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s tower) and Kefalovrysia where you will find a drinking fountain for refreshment.

Atalanti Walking Trail

Length: Approx 12 km
Time: Approx 5 hours
A fantastic panoramic walk around the perimeter of mount Olympus, the highest summit on the island. This trail allows 360 degree view of the island, starting and finishing in the Troodos village square.

Artemis Trail

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Start point: 300m from the junction between the road to Olympus mountain peak (Chionistra) and Troodos on the Prodromos main road.
End point: Olympus mountain peak (Chionistra)
Length: Approx 7km
Time: Approx 2 1/2 – 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy trail, with gentle gradient.  Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Solid footwear and sensible clothes are recommended and don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water with you.  This circular walk is self-explanatory and easy to follow once you locate the starting point: follow the road up to Mount Olympus, take the turn for Prodromos and you will come across a small car park with a large wooden sign entitled ‘Artemis Trail’.  Follow the dirt path to the right of the sign and there will be arrows to guide you along the way.  The route is at an altitude of around 1850m and offers spectacular views in all directions.

Points of interest: Black pine forest, rare endemic species of flora and interesting geological formations, two x 500 year old black pines and ‘walls of the old town’ – ruins of temporary fortifications built during the last year of Venetian rule (1571).

* Look out for the random art sign around half way into the walk: it changes regularly!

Feature Walk: Aphrodite Nature Trail

Start Point: Just above the Baths of Aphrodite, Akamas Peninsula.
End Point: Circular route.
Time: 3 hours.
Note: Occasional scrambling on loose gravel.
Highest Point: Moutti tis Sotiris (370m)
Trip Length: 8 Kilometers.

The trail is classed as a high degree of difficulty, mainly due to the uphill and downhill gradients and the terrain (a mixture of loose gravel and some larger rocks which require occasional scrambling), however will be fine for adults with a good level o fitness. The views will not disappoint after the climb to the top!

Points of interest along the walk include the starting point, the Baths of Aphrodite (where legend has it, the goddess used to take her baths), the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s castle) which are believed to be part of a medieval monastery complex, a huge 860-year-old oak tree near the ruins and, of course, the stunning view points towards Cape Arnaoutis on the Akamas, Polis and Pafos (Paphos) Forest.

There are two water fountains along the route you can keep an eye out for!