There are many hidden Venetian bridges around Cyprus, but the 3 most famous of which (Kelephos, Roudias and Elias) run along a trail of around 11km in the Diarizos Valley in Paphos Forest. A beautiful walk in the peaceful valley, or equally beautiful drive – see if you can spot all 3 bridges.
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!
Explore the island’s stunning countryside on two wheels all year round. Mountain Bike Cyprus offer tours, bike hire (road & mountain), route information and support. Call Al & Kirsty on: 26 432 033. View some suggested cycle routes on our Blog.
Great terrain and coastal paths make Cyprus perfect for running. There are some fantastic running events, including marathons, scheduled throughout the year (see our events calendar below) that are growing in popularity every year, and are very well organised. Aphrodite Hills Resort itself has some fab running routes, so if you are holidaying here then they are just on your doorstep.
A variety of walks are on offer on the island: gorges, peninsulas, mountainous and coastal, all with stunning views. Click to jump to our Walking Section, or view our Blog for some suggested routes.
Dive sites in Cyprus include an abundance of marine life, wrecks, islands and one of the best dive wrecks in the world – the Zenobia. Check out our interview with Steve for more information on diving in Cyprus.
Warm seas, calm mornings/windier afternoons make Cyprus perfect for watersports. Kite-surfing, wind surfing, sailing, water-skiing, jet skiing and more are available throughout the island April – November. Our recommended watersports company are Latchi Watersports who are situated in the beautiful coastal town of Latchi, next to the stunning Akamas peninsula – hire a boat with them for one of the nicest day trip experiences on the island:
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.
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.
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.
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).