Walking Holidays in Cyprus

Many people think of a holiday as a time for relaxation, sleeping by a pool or reading a book on the beach.  This is not for everyone however, and lots of people want to make the most of their time off and enjoy spending their holidays being active and exploring another country and all it has to offer.  Thomas Cook holidays in Cyprus caters to all types of holidaymaker and Cyprus itself is not short of places to explore or ways to do it. 

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The landscape of Cyprus is varied and exciting with high mountains and deep gorges both lending themselves to walking and hiking holidays.  Cyprus boasts 320 days of sunshine a year, which gives you much better odds of a rain free trek than a trip to the lake district this summer.  Walking conditions are best in May, with temperatures of between 18-23 degrees, as the high season gets too hot to do any serious walking.  You are free to explore the island on your own, or you can opt for one of the more travelled trails and go with a guide or group.  Whichever you choose there are plenty of maps available on the island so make sure to take one with you, at least then you can find your way back to your hotel when you’re through exploring for the day.

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There are two main walking areas on the Island, which are both equally beautiful and fun to explore.  The first is in the Troodos Mountain Park at the heart of Cyprus where Mount Olympus is also host to 4 ski slopes standing at 1,952 meters high.  Trails here will take you amongst Cyprus’ trademark scent of pine from the surrounding forest, past waterfalls and give rise to fantastic views.  The second walking destination is Akamas Peninsular to the west, an area of outstanding natural beauty - here you will find deep gorges and sandy bays.  As this area is also an area of biodiversity and ecological significance you’re in for some great views and a brilliant opportunity for wildlife and plant spotting.

This May why not dig out your walking shoes and head to Cyprus, with so much stunning landscape to explore you’ll soon get the hiking bug.