Hiking & Nature Activities
“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees”. The words of philosopher and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, describe in short the numerous benefits of nature. To appreciate truly the smells, sounds, sights and tranquility that make our island incredibly diverse and unique, you only need to put on your hiking shoes and walk along our nature trails.
This year the Deputy Ministry of Tourism offers a Hiking and Nature Activities Program, which includes hiking tours, led by experienced tourist guides. The selected trails wend their way through sprawling forests and plains, breathtaking hills, astounding terrain, colourful villages, captivating shorelines and lush meadows. This program is suitable for experienced hikers and enthusiasts.
Most of the trails have been marked as being of “high difficulty” and have great elevation changes. You will need a good bit of endurance and proper gear (durable boots, trekking poles, hat, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water) to participate and explore these amazing treks to the fullest.
No transportation will be provided therefore, all participants are required to be at the designated meeting point on time.
Please reserve a place at the hiking tour of your choice electronically by clicking on the following link and (re) discover the charming nature of our island.
LIST OF HIKING AND NATURE ACTIVITIES
LAST ACTIVITY OF THE SEASON
Free guided tour of the beautiful UNESCO Listed Cultural Heritage Monument of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis with its unique frescoes in Kakopetria village and a downhill hike in the impressive rocky landscape of the “Kannoures – Agios Nikolaos” trail.
ACTIVITIES IN NATURE WILL BEGIN AGAIN NEXT OCTOBER 2022. HAVE A NICE SUMMER!
15/5/2022 – GUIDED TOUR OF THE UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE MONUMENT OF AGIOS NIKOLAOS TIS STEGIS AND DOWNHILL HIKE OF THE ‘KANNOURES – AGIOS NIKOLAOS’ TRAIL
Participants will be headed from the meeting point up (free bus transportation) to the start of the trail. The trail begins at the water spring of the Karkotis stream, passes near a closed chrome mine and continues down to Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis (St Nicholas of the Roof) church. The is one of the 10 Troodos Painted Churches which are part of the world UNESCO catalogue. The guided hike will be followed by a guided tour inside Agios Nikolaos church with important 11th century frescos.
Length: 9 kilometres
Trail Difficulty Rating: 3 – High difficulty, very demanding, slippery terrain and steep downhill. It is necessary to use hiking shoes and a walking stick, hat, water, snack.
Meeting time: 08.45
Estimated completion time: 13.45
Meeting point: Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church – near Kakopetria village
Leave no trace behind – Respect wildlife and wild flowers – Take your rubbish with you
Remember your hiking equipment, water, snack, hat, sun protection.