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Cyprus – Island of the Sun

Deserted beaches, turtles and wild donkeys

8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking

The Cyprus hiking tour takes you through the undeveloped Karpas Peninsula in the Turkish part of the island. Extensive, untouched dream beaches and secluded bays, the likes of which can no longer be found anywhere in Europe, invite you to swim or hike along the beach. Migratory birds rest here, sea turtles come out of the sea to bury their eggs in the sand and you are sure to come across a pack of shy wild donkeys. Remains from ancient times can be found everywhere. You wander through citrus and olive groves. Hibiscus, jasmine, bougainvillea and oleander blossoms line your path. The Karpas Peninsula is also a real "insider tip" among orchid lovers. More than 30 species are native here.

Itinerary at a glance

Experience fascinating contrasts between nature and culture on Cyprus: immerse yourself in the history of the ancient ruined city of Salamis and enjoy the untouched beauty of Golden Beach in Karpas National Park.

Ottoman mosques, Gothic churches and Venetian fortifications characterize the cityscape.

Drive to Salamis, where you will explore the extensive ancient ruined city with the royal tombs and the monastery of St. Barnabas. The combination of ruins, dunes and sea panorama will inspire you. In spring, the extensive area is covered in yellow acacia blossom. You will then visit the crusader castle of Kantara and hike with magnificent views of the sea. Overnight stay in Kuruova, a small village on the south coast.

Today you hike over a mountain ridge to Agios Thyrsos church on the south coast. On the way, you will come across rock tombs and two ancient statues hidden between bushes. Your overnight accommodation is surrounded by palm trees and has its own sandy beach.

On your ridge walk, you follow the coastline, always accompanied by beautiful sea views. You will reach the Eleousa Monastery, a Cypriot Orthodox church building that is still used on feast days. You may also discover native orchids along the way and get to know the flora of Cyprus better.

With magnificent views of the sea, we head back along the ridge to Dipkarpas, the last village on the peninsula. The village consists of many small, widely scattered farmsteads with gardens and fields, lemon and orange groves. Hibiscus, jasmine, bougainvillea and oleander blossoms adorn the houses.

Your route today takes you to the fascinating south coast, which not only delights with its impressive nature, but is also home to various bird species such as herring gulls and peregrine falcons. Located directly by the sea, you will spend two nights at the Livana Hotel and can enjoy the sound of the waves and the salty sea air.

Hike in the heart of Karpas National Park. In the morning, a short transfer to St. Andrew's Monastery, an important pilgrimage site for both Greeks and Turks. On your hike you are sure to see the shy wild donkeys, of which there are many here. Your destination is Cape Andreas, where a temple to Aphrodite once greeted sailors. You will then reach a mile-long, untouched sandy beach, one of the few places in the Mediterranean where turtles can still lay their eggs.

Day
08
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Route information

Walking

Easy to moderately difficult hikes lasting between 3 and 5.5 hours. You hike over mountain ridges with wonderful panoramic views and along the coast. The hikes are manageable with a good basic level of fitness without too much effort.

Prices & Dates

Category: typical middle-class hotels and apartments, often located by the beach

You can book an extra night for any day of your tour. Prices on request!

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfer from Larnaca airport (Greek part) to Famagusta, costs EUR 80 per trip (1-3 persons), reservation required, payable on site.
  • Transfer from the south coast to Larnaca airport (Greek part), costs EUR 120 per trip (1-3 persons), reservation required, payable on site.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Larnaca Airport (Greek part). The easiest way is by optional transfer to Famagusta and back at the end of the trip.
  • Arrival and departure by public transport is not recommended.

Things to note

  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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