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Walks in the Troodos Mountains

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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W07CY
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Ages:
12+

This week-long linear self-guided walk through the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus takes in some spectacular views, national trails and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The first few walks are based from the quaint mountain village of Kakopetria with its narrow, cobbled streets and the nearby 11th century painted church, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, one of ten that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Painted Churches in the Troodos Region.

Enjoy fabulous views across the Solea and Marathasa valleys to the sea as well as the northern slope of Mount Olympus - the highest point in Cyprus and home to both a long range British radar installation and a ski resort in winter.

The walking continues along sections of the Mnimata Piskopon (Monuments of the Archbishops) trail, the Atalanti trail (one of Cyprus's highest elevation trails) and the Persephone trail as you make your way from Kakopetria to Troodos Square and then on to Pano Platres. With some spectacular views across the island towards Limassol and a visit to the Caledonia Waterfall, so named as it reminded a Scottish expedition to the region, back in 1878, of parts of the highlands. The week finishes with a walk through forest and vineyards to the picturesque, stone-built village of Omodos.

Highlights

  • Walk along sections of the Atalanti and Persephone Trails offering panoramic views of different parts of the island, including Mount Olympus
  • Visit the Caledonia Waterfall as well as UNESCO World Heritage churches and unique rock formations
  • Most walks have longer options, giving walkers a choice to do an average of 10km or 20km each day

Key information

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 6 days of walking - longer/shorter options most days
  • Luggage transfers
  • Walking transfer on day 7
  • Route notes and GPX tracks
  • Countries visited: The Republic of Cyprus

What's included

  • All buffet breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Route notes and GPX files
  • Walking transfer on day 7

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Travel to the start and from the end point
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

Most of the footpaths on this trip are uneven terrain with gravel and stones and with some being quite narrow. Some of the paths are on hillsides and ridges.

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/7.0miles
Day 38.0km/5.0miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 58.0km/13.0miles
Day 611.0km/7.0miles
Day 711.0km/7.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels, restaurants, transfer companies and places of local interest, as well as the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • This trip helps bring income and opportunity to destination communities particularly during low and shoulder seasons, when traditionally tourism income would decrease.
  • Exploration on foot highlights the combination of culture and natural heritage in the Troodos region of Cyprus. The local communities and villagers in these regions can play a role as the guardians of nature and the cultural heritage of Cyprus, which necessitates that they earn enough income to sustain their presence in this area.Some of the routes pass very near family-owned wineries (close to Omodos village as well as to Mandria village and Kato Platres village). The route also passes through a number of traditional villages, most notably Omodos, where many family-owned little shops are found, selling largely locally produced goods, including traditional food products, glass artefacts etc.
  • The provision of local information in customer documentation means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling independently or in a small group, you ‘tread lightly’ minimising your trip’s impact on local resources and the environment.
  • This trip visits the Troodos Forest National Parkwhich helps incentivise and fund continued conservation efforts.
  • Stretches of the route pass through vineyards and orchards that have been cultivated in Cyprus for thousands of years. The Troodos mountains are rich in biodiversity. Out of the 150 or so endemic plant species found in Cyprus, most are only found in the Troodos mountains (or in the Akamas Peninsula). The Troodos mountains (especially Paphos Forest, but as time goes by also the forest further east) are home to the endemic Cyprus mouflon (a type of wild sheep). The trip itinerary stays off the beaten track in the Troodos mountains area with its small villages thus helping to minimise degradation caused by over-tourism.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.

 Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • We seek to minimise the carbon footprint in the following ways:
    • Favouring smaller, locally-run accommodation and eco-hotels, versus big hotel chains which have a bigger impact on the surrounding environments.
    • The majority of accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
    • Vegetarian options are available at the majority of accommodation and restaurants.
  • The local operator has been involved in designing and implementing a reforestation effort (on a 7.2 hectare family-owned plot, with mostly wild olives and hawthorn). They are planning to develop this into an agrotouristic/ecotouristic project where visitors would be able to cultivate a number of indigenous trees and explore the cultural and natural attractions in the area (in the Xeros Potamos Valley). The goal is for this venture to be a good example of the use of private rural land in Cyprus and abroad. 

 Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip rather than buying single-use plastic bottles.
  • Cultural respect: for anyone visiting the UNESCO painted churches it’s worth taking something with you to cover your shoulders

Itinerary

Kakopetria
to
Pano Platres
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kakopetria

    Arrive in the traditional mountain village of Kakopetria.
    Stay at the Mill Hotel (or Crystal Boutique Hotel) on a bed & breakfast basis for 3 nights.

  • Day 2

    Kakopetria to Solea and Marathasa Valleys

    A circular walk to the West of Kakopetria, today's walk is mainly on the sparsely forested slopes between the Solea and Marathasa valleys. Enjoy fabulous views towards the Solea Valley, as far as Morphou Bay and the sea, a number of local villages and nearby peaks. As mouflons (wild sheep) expand their range eastwards from Paphos Forest, lucky walkers may spot some on the route. The itinerary takes you past a reservoir and the village of Galata, near a double arched watermill, and close to UNESCO World Heritage Panagia Podithou painted chapel and other churches.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Kakopetria to views of Mount Olympus

    This circular walk is mainly on the slopes to the East of Kakopetria, with almost three kilometres along the ridge of the mountain. Offering great views towards the Solea Valley and the village of Kakopetria as well as towards nearby peaks and the northern slope of Mount Olympus. The route also traverses the old part of Kakopetria and parts of the modern village.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Kakopetria to Troodos Square

    Today’s linear walk from Kakopetria to Troodos Square takes you up and along the Mnimata Piskopon (Monuments of the Archbishops) trail. The route ascends by the stream at old Kakopetria, and visits Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis UNESCO World Heritage painted church long the way. The trail climbs 1350m today.
    Stay at the Troodos Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis for 2 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    The Atalanti Trail

    A circular walk takes you from Troodos Square along the Atalanti Trail. One of Cyprus’s highest elevation trails, with an average of 1750m, the route offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Troodos Square to Pano Platres

    Today’s walk starts along the Persephone trail, heading downhill towards Pano Platres. At points in the middle stretches the route offers fabulous vistas towards Limassol and as far as the coast. The route then heads along a stream and a collection of cascades, including the Caledonia Waterfall, one of the highest in Cyprus and so named as it was discovered by a Scottish expedition to the region in 1878.
    Stay at the Forest Park Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis for 2 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Pano Platres to Omodos Village

    Today’s linear walk can be done in either direction, with a transfer at the start of the day and more of an ascent or more of a descent followed by a transfer back. The easier walk starts in the forest at Pano Platres, then heads into vineyards and culminates in the picturesque, stone-built village of Omodos.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Pano Platres

    After breakfast, depart from Pano Platres.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Cyprus

No visa required for British passport holders. 

You can travel to Cyprus for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit for family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

For further Brexit travel advice please visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Vaccinations

Cyprus

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

For dinners you have the choice of either the hotels' restaurants, or there is a good choice of restaurants nearby so you can choose to eat out and enjoy the local Cypriot cuisine.

Weather

Cyprus has a subtropical climate, one of the warmest climates and warmest winters in the Mediterranean. The climate is of a semi-arid type with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos mountains in the central part of the island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24°C (75°F) during the day and 14°C (57°F) at night. Generally, the warm season lasts about eight months, from April, with average temperatures of 21-23°C (70-73°F) during the day and 11-13°C (52-55°F) at night, to November, with average temperatures of 22-23°C (72-73°F) during the day and 12-14°C (54-57°F) at night. In the remaining four months of the year, the temperatures tend to remain mild, while sometimes exceeding 20°C (68°F) during the day.

The middle of summer (July and August) is usually hot, with an average maximum coastal temperature of around 35°C (95°F) during the day and around 25°C (77°F) at night. In the centre of the island (the highlands/Troodos mountains) the average temperature exceeds 35°C (95°F)). In June and September on the coast the average maximum temperature is usually around 28-30°C (82-86°F) during the day and around 18-20°C (64-68°F) at night. While large temperature fluctuations are rare on the coast, the centre of Cyprus has more variations – typically colder winters and hotter summers.

Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Is this trip for you?

This is a linear independent walking holiday. There is a choice of walks on most days so the average daily distance is either 10km or 20km, which is why the overall rating is Leisurely/Moderate. The walking is along varied terrain footpaths, both at higher levels and in the lower valleys. There are moderate ascents on most days, with one day (day 4) where the route climbs 1350m. Walkers should have a good fitness level and be confident on uneven terrain. Some of the walks are not suitable for vertigo sufferers.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day along with GPX files to follow on a smart phone app. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotelier is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service. Due to limited family rooms at the hotels and the terrain on the walks, we advise this holiday is for those over 12 years.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

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The hotels you stay in are a mix of three and four star properties and a mix of rustic styling, in Kakopetria, to a more modern feel with contemporary styling in Troodos Square and with traditional undertones in Pano Platres. Each of the hotels have their own restaurant but are also within walking distance of a choice of restaurants so you can enjoy the local cuisine each evening.

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Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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