- March 23, 2016
- Posted by: tourplus
Why not explore one of the most un-spoilt regions of the Mediterranean on your own feet?
North Cyprus, with its scenic scenery, friendly welcome and fascinating history is the ideal destination for an incredible walking holiday.
Follow the quiet mountain trails leading to the imposing Crusader castles or pick up a trail through the variety of landscapes of the Karpaz Peninsula. Enjoy and discover the island at leisure!
We can take a panoramic drive along the east coast towards the village of Esentepe. Start the walk above the village along an even forest road towards Antifonitis, a Byzantine monastery, built at the end of the 12th century featuring wall paintings of archangels, day of judgment and other motives. At the end of the day, return via bus along a ridge road featuring superb views of the “Five Finger” Mountain and through pine forest. Learn about the nature of Cyprus as you follow your experienced walking guide.
Full day walks of various difficulty levels as well available.
North Cyprus is also a dream destination for the lovers of wild orchids. Limestone geology, wide ranging habitats, typical Mediterranean climate and plenty of northern facing slopes provide perfect conditions for the proliferation of wild orchids. There are 30 different species of wild orchids and 17 can be found only on North Cyprus.
The orchids start to flower very early in Cyprus and some species can be seen in flower in January. From this point in time the season unfolds only slowly and there are few to be seen until the second half of February. Now the season starts to accelerate and March is an excellent month for seeing a wide range of species. The first part of April remains good, the earlier flower species being replaced by the later flowering orchids but the second part of April sees a significant decline leaving possible only 2 or 3 species in flower by the end of the month.
Our specialized guides will help you discover the most beautiful parts of our island during enjoyable walk through the mountain tracks and trails; you will also have to opportunity to find out more – not only about Cypriot flora and fauna, but also about Turkish Cypriot lifestyle, whilst visiting the countryside and traditional Turkish Cypriot Villages.
Ophrys sicula, Ophrys mammosa,Ophrys apifera – these are just examples of many more orchid species that you will be able to see during your walk.