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 NATURE TRAILS

The best way to really know a place is to walk it.

With a great climate all year round. Cyprus is easily accessible and offers a lot of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous nature trails. A total of 52 walking trails have been created to explore the beautiful landscapes and Mediterranean character of the island. By walking them, you can see a treasure of fauna and flora, as well as the remnants of the island’s mining heritage and other interesting monuments.

For the complete list with nature trails, please visit the Government Website of Cyprus Tourism Page:   https://www.visitcyprus.com/files/Routes/nature_trails/Cyprus_Nature_Trails_2013_EN.pdf

CYPRIOT CULTURE

The rich culture of Cyprus encapsulates legend, history, mythology and religion. You can, for example, follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty who was born from the seas of Pafos (Paphos)… As you wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, you will learn all about her birth, legend and character; the rituals connected with her cult, as well as the plants and seashells associated with her.

 

For a unique opportunity to learn about the island’s longstanding tradition of winemaking, a tour of the wineries and wine-producing villages offers the chance to indulge in some wine tasting or visiting an old monastery or a picturesk wine museum along the way. 

RELIGION

Cypriot religion can be witnessed by the impressive number of monuments like churches and monasteries that tell the story of the island’s path to Christianity and its deep faith, from the beginning to the present day.

 Cyprus ­, the island of beauty, where according to Greek myth the goddess Aphrodite was born, was chosen as the first place to receive the great message of the new faith on the advent of Christianity. The island became the gateway through which the message of the Gospels spread throughout the length. The first mission of the apostle's Paul and Barnabas occurred here in accordance with the will and wish of God: “...being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 12, 4).

Discover the churches, chapels and monasteries of the island, and immerse yourself in a journey of faith, history and culture. The biblical stories told in ancient icons and frescos; rich Ecclesiastical museums and 10 hand-painted Byzantine mountain churches that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

VILLAGES

There are so many lovely, picturesque villages in Cyprus, it is difficult to choose just a few to highlight, but that is exactly what we`re going to do.

Located in the Lemesos (Limassol) district, the pretty, wine-producing village of Omodos sits at an altitude of 800 metres on the Troodos mountain range. The village can be reached by following the E60 Omodos is one of the most traditional and charming villages on the island.

Famous for its wine, Zivania spirit, handmade narrow-knit lacing and ‘arkatena’ bread, its quaint environs are perfect for agrotourism.

Despite its small size, Omodos has many interesting sights. Located within close proximity of one another is the cobbled square, old stone-built houses, local wineries, a Medieval wine press and the monastery of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), with its old icons and impressive woodcarvings. There is also a museum dedicated to the National Liberation Struggle, as well as a centre for the preservation of narrow-knit lacing, and an Icon Museum.

Located in the Pafos (Paphos) region, the picturesque village of Ineia sits on the mountainous area of Laona and has stunning views across the Akamas Peninsula. Situated between vineyards,Ineia is one of the wine-grape growers of the area, and is included along the Laona-Akamas wine route.

The village is also famous for its traditional basket weaving, which is still practised in the village. The woven items are displayed in a museum and the breathtaking beauty of the area makes it popular for walks and photography and is an inspiration for many artists.

ANCIENT SITES

 One of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980, is the famous `Tombs of the Kings` in the Archaeological Park of Kato-Paphos.

The monumental underground tombs are carved out of solid rock and date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Rather than kings, it is high ranking officials and aristocracy that were buried here, but the size and splendour of the tombs – some decorated with Doric pillars - gave the locality its grand name.

Some of the tombs imitate the houses of the living, with the burial chambers opening onto a peristyle atrium. They are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, demonstrating the close relations between the two cities during the Hellenistic period.

Nicocles, the last King of Palaipafos moved the city from the previous location to its present location near the harbour at the end of the 4th century BC. Between the 2nd century BC and 4th century AD, Pafos was the capital city of Cyprus.

The Park includes sites and monuments from the 4th century BC to the Middle Ages, while most remains date to the Roman period. The magnificent mosaic floors of four Roman villas (the houses of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus) form the imposing heart of the finds, and visualise different scenes from Greek Mythology.

 For more detailed ideas about all the above visit the Government website of Cyprus Tourisme: visitcyprus.com