Geography often dictates history, and Cyprus was coveted by many for its ideal location as a launch point for three continents - Africa, Asia and of course Europe. The word fusion is perhaps the most useful when describing Cyprus, historically, culturally and of course gastronomically.
Southern Cyprus is often associated with the Greeks, with the term Greek Cypriot used by many to describe their heritage. Even this hints at the island's fascinating story. The Greeks arrived on the island of Cyprus around 3,500 years ago, though many civilisations have since followed. Each left its imprint, from the seafaring Phoenician tradespeople to the all-conquering Romans.
From a natural perspective, as one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, Cyprus offers a wealth of opportunities. The Troodos Mountains offer the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views, UNESCO heritage sites and some excellent walking trails. Unsurprisingly Cyrpus also has coastal scenery to rival any of its Mediterranean neighbours. Explore the Akamas Peninsula for hidden coves, splendid beaches and ancient stone villages. There is so much to discover beyond the more popular beach holiday destinations. To see the real Cyprus, all you need is your own two feet!
Northern Cyprus - discover archaeological splendour and unspoilt vistas in the Northern side of this exquisite Mediterranean island. Delve into the local Turkish Cypriot culture and abundant in wildflowers and lush green views. Northern Cyprus is filled with ancient ruins, beautiful castles, fishing villages and meandering walks along the many beautiful beaches. Traditional dishes of the island include stuffed vine leaves, moussaka, deep fried feta cheese wrapped in a crisp filo pastry, and Lahmacun - the region's own take on a traditional pizza.
Experience the diverse landscapes of the Troodos Mountains in the centre of southern Cyprus on this triple-centre walking holiday. With route distances averaging 10km or 20km each day there is something for most walking levels so you can discover unusual rock formations, amazing panoramic views, local history and culture as well as the local cuisine.
This twin-centre focusses on the Akamas Peninsula, in the far north-west of Cyprus, with walks to some of it's best beaches and places of interest, including the Baths of Aphrodite. There are shorter versions of the walks if you prefer to spend more time relaxing at the beach or the hotel.
Enjoy mixed walking in both the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula to see the best of Cyprus. Panoramic views abound from the Atalanti and Persephone Trails as well as coastal routes passing the Blue Lagoon and the Baths of Aphrodite cave.
A delightful week's walking in Northern Cyprus, which is home to a treasure trove of hidden gems: ancient ruins, Byzantine castles and beautiful mountains offering stunning views.