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Activities, Cyprus

The exhilarating activities available while holidaying in Cyprus are endless; whether you’re into climbing, sailing, swimming, skiing or scuba diving, this heavenly island offers it all. In fact, no other beach holiday offers you the chance to ski over nearby mountains, like Cyprus does. Although possible for only a few weeks out of the year, when the snow settles at the highest peak, tourists can embark on an incredible skiing adventure at Troodos Mountains.

Adonis Trail

The Adonis Trail in Paphos offers beautiful views of Polis Chrysochous, the Paphos Forest, and the Akamas peninsula. The trail runs past the ruins of the Queen’s Tower and a 500-year-old oak tree and has many varieties of local flora and fauna along the route. There are also foxes, hares, hedgehogs, reptiles including the Cyprus lizard and the black whip snake and birds such as wood pigeons, partridges and local warblers and wheatears.

The walk is 7.5km and the first 2 km is very hard going as the paths are steep and rocky underfoot, so good footwear is a must. The lovely views and introduction to different environments plus the frequent lizard sighting do make the climb worthwhile. As well as proper footwear, you will need plenty of water and high factor suncream as the sun can be a scorcher.

Aphrodite Trail

The Aphrodite trail is one of the most beautiful walks on the Akamas Peninsula and has stunning views over the cliffs towards the blue lagoon. The walk starts from the Baths of Aphrodite where there is a cafe/restaurant nearby and also a stall selling cold drinks and snacks.

This whole area of Cyprus has a very strong connection with the legend of Aphrodite, the daughter of Zeus, and her lover Adonis. The trail takes you round the North coast of the peninsula, up over the hills and down through the trees and tracks. The walk is fairly difficult because of the climb and descent and the surface is often very rocky and also can be slippery.

The beautiful trail is surrounded by the sea, various shrubs, flowers and trees including rock cyclamen, thyme, and anemones. It’s an absolutely stunning sight that shouldn’t be missed.

Athalassa National Park

Located on the south-eastern edge of the city of Nicosia, Athalassa National Park is a beautiful area with great walks through natural wooded areas, across bridges and dirt pathways. Its network of trails makes it a popular place for walking, cycling, and dog walking (only on designated footpaths) amongst the many native trees, shrubs and herbs.

There is a play area for children and a lovely pond where they can feed the birds, catfish, and turtles plus a Visitor’s Centre providing lots of interesting information about the park and a scale model of the park itself.

Geological samples and fossils are on show in another room, and visual material is used to present the local fauna and flora.

Refreshments are available within the park, which is open seven days a week and there is plenty of car parking space.

Caledonia Falls

Caledonia Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Cyprus and is located in Platres village, Troodos. You can choose to walk the whole 3 km trail or just half of it, depending on your fitness and mobility. Most adults and children would be able to complete the full trail but for those less able, you could skip the long nature path and take the easy access route and go straight to the main waterfall.

The walk to Caledonia Falls is stunning, you can see many species of the local flora and various plants, listen to the birds singing and just enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Once you have reached the waterfall take time to take some photographs of the wonderful sight below and when you are ready to return there is a very good restaurant at the bottom where you can get a variety of refreshments.

Camel Park

The Camel Park is centrally located between Larnaca, Limassol, and Nicosia and is an ideal place for the whole family to visit as there is so much to see and do. The main attraction, of course, is the camel ride around the park. You are also able to purchase food bags so you can feed the animals close up.

A variety of other animals can be found at the small zoo including ponies, a Cyprus donkey, deer, ostriches, goats, horses, llamas, pelicans, parrots, and ducks. There is also a great play area for the children with a bouncy castle, swings, go-karts, trampoline, flight simulator, 5D cinema, mini golf, mini aquarium and games area. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant area offering snacks, meals and other refreshments and during the summer the swimming pool is a fantastic escape from the hot temperatures

Cyclops Cave

Cyclops Cave is a small cave near Konnos Bay which has 3 to 4 “rooms” and many stalactite formations. Head height is about 6 feet and it runs approximately 30 feet back into the cliff. There is a seating area and a small wooden shelter outside the cave if you want to have a picnic.

The walk to the cave is delightful and there are various places overlooking the sea which are ideal for taking photographs. The route to the cave follows the cliff walls closely and you will be able to see the effect of the wind on the cliff walls and some interesting the rock formations. The path starts off quite narrow along the edge of the beach then gently climbs up towards the cliffs and again drops down to the waters-edge basically it’s like this all the way to the cave.

Cyprus Classic Motor Museum

Cyprus Classic Motor Museum is located in Limassol and is a remarkable home for classic cars. Visitors can admire the museum’s eclectic collection of cars. The Cypriot, veteran rally racing champion, Dimi Mavropoulos gave his personal collection of 90 historic, classic and collectable cars and launched this museum especially for their display. The oldest car in the collection at the moment is a Ford “T” roadster from 1912.

The museum is also home to the armoured presidential Cadillac donated by the U.S. government, which weighs 4.2 tons, has bulletproof windows that do not open, and features air conditioning with protection from harmful gasses.

You will also find the green Mini from the Mr. Bean’s films and a Rover P5 car of 1973 used by Margaret Thatcher during her time as Prime Minister. There is also a small cinema space where visitors can enjoy the “Motoring through Ages” film.

Fasouri Watermania Waterpark

Fasouri Watermania Waterpark is the biggest waterpark in Cyprus, offering 30 rides for all ages and over 2.000 sunbeds, it is popular with both tourists and locals. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot sunny day with its water slides, pools, lagoons, water cannons, and lazy rivers.

If you are an adrenalin lover, try whizzing down the dark tunnels of the Extreme Black Hole Slide or the Kamikaze Slide that will shoot you into the pool from a six-story plunge at a speed of 50km per hour.

For the smaller children, there are wave pools, paddle boats and tube slides for them to enjoy while you lie back on a sun lounger and relax knowing that the rides are supervised and lifeguards are on hand if needed.

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes on site for when you want a meal, snack or just a drink.

Galactika Entertainment

The Galactica Entertainment in Limassol is a multiplex venue that offers both relaxation and entertainment. Attractions include a 24-lane super bowling area, a fascinating Walt Disney themed indoor soft play area for children between 2-8 years and a selection of indoor fun riding games such as motorcycles, riding horses, school bus, submarine, and helicopter.

There is also a selection of video and virtual reality hunting games to play and an internet café where you can surf the web or contact people back home.

When peckish, why not visit the Galactica Patisserie and sample one of its delectable cakes, desserts along with an excellent cup of coffee. If you want more than a snack, there are some lovely restaurants to choose from.

For parents, there are special rooms for baby food preparation with a selection of baby meals all free of charge and a comfortable baby changing room.

Golf

Cyprus has four 18-hole Championship Courses and because of its warm all-year-round climate, is very popular for golfing holidays.

A favourite course with visitors is the Aphrodite Hills in Paphos, located in a stunning setting with views of the sea. It is only fifteen minutes away from Paphos airport and has a great clubhouse, practice facilities, and even a spa.

The Elea course, also in Paphos and designed by Nick Faldo, offers world-class golf in a stunning setting and a beautiful clubhouse where golfers or visitors can relax and enjoy the luxury food and drink on offer.

Minthis Hills golf club is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards and orchards and is challenging course with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features.

The aptly named Secret Valley Golf Course can be found tucked away in a superb valley east of Paphos and plays to a par 71 and measures 5904 m.

Scuba diving

Cyprus provides everything needed for an amazing scuba diving experience. Larnaca is well known for its diving centres that allow visitors to have once in a life time diving experiences. ‘Alpha Divers Dive Centre’ and ‘Dive-in Larnaca’ both offer short diving courses training amateurs to dive the same day.