BEAUTY

DISCOVER THE NATURE OF CYPRUS

A TASTE OF AUTHENTICITY AND INSPIRATIONALEXPERIENCES

The variety of fauna and flora and the unspoiled scenery, make Cyprus one of the most beautiful places to visit to appreciate the true beauty of nature.

With its rugged coastline, alternating between long stretches of sand or pebble beaches, rocky shores and promontories, sun-baked plains and mountain forests, there is something for everyone.

If you’re a nature or Arts lover, this is the place to find some inspiration.

Historical Bridges
Kakopetria Village
Nature Trails

The variety of plant and animal life and the unspoiled scenery make Cyprus one of the most beautiful places to visit and appreciate nature.

With its rugged coastline, alternating between long stretches of sand or pebble beaches, rocky shores and promontories, sun-baked plains and mountain forests, there is something for everyone.

If you’re a nature or Arts lover, or into photography or painting, this is the place to find some inspiration. For a birdwatcher, Cyprus is a must-visit, with a variety of birds migrating annually between Europe, Asia and Africa. For those who like to stop and smell the flowers, a large number of endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, make it a botanist’s paradise.

The island even has its very own national animal, the Cyprus mouflon, which is a kind of wild sheep that roams free in the extensive forests of western Troodos.

Exotic and rare forms of wildlife give Cyprus a special feel. Green and Loggerhead turtles breed on the island’s sandy beaches in summer and Mediterranean monk seal and dolphins have also been sighted in the warm, calm, crystal clear seas of the island.

Climbing sports, Orienteering & Cycling

Whilst still an emerging destination for climbing sports, Cyprus has all the elements of a great location for climbing, hiking and orienteering, thanks to its favourable weather conditions, stunning rugged backdrops, complex rock types, and the quality and diversity of its climbing routes (both appealing to amateurs and professionals ). All the relevant information for climbing routes on the island, along with the calendar of events, and important guidelines can be found on the website of the Cyprus Mountaineering, Climbing and Orienteering Federation of Cyprus (KOMOAA). As the national governing body for the sports in Cyprus, KOMOAA is a member of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), and the International Mountaineering Climbing Federation (UIAA). Its members include several climbing clubs, along with schools that provide accredited courses, guided group excursions, equipment hire and maps.
Although orienteering is a sport that is still in its infancy on the island, it is also a growing activity in Cyprus, thanks to its adventurous nature.
The official organisation for orienteering on the island is Orientaction, which promotes the sport under the auspices of KOMOAA. The club organises several events a year in parks, forested areas and built up areas – mostly in traditional villages – and offers several maps of traditional villages, national forest parks, forests and mountainous regions.

Nature Trails

According to tradition, the best way to really know a place is to walk it. And despite its size, the island of Cyprus encapsulates an impressive 11,000 years in its natural environment and diverse landscape which are ripe for exploring and discovering.

With a favourable climate all year round, the great outdoors of the island are easily accessible, and offers a myriad of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous sign­ posted paths and nature trails. A total of 52 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island. By walking them, you can discover a treasure trove of varied fauna and flora, as well as the remnants of the island’s mining heritage and other interesting monuments.

Whilst some trails are more challenging than others, they are all a delight for the senses, especially in the springtime months, when you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature in full bloom, and in all its vibrant glory.

Birdwatching

Tourists are not the only visitors that ‘flock’ to Cyprus… a variety of birds – both migrating and indigenous – also favour the island, making it a birdwatching (or birding) haven. Thanks to its unique location, Cyprus sees around 250 million birds passing through the island each autumn and spring, including a large amount of flamingos and wild fowls that frequent the salt lakes of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Akrotiri [Lemesos (Limassol). Predatory birds, sea gulls, herns, nightingales, hangbirds, ravens, chickadees and carrion buzzards – amongst others – also make Cyprus a part of their journey.

The lake of Voroklini in Larnaka is of great importance as it is a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive, and a Site of Community Importance (SCI) under the EU Habitats Directive. A total of 190 bird species have been recorded here, but the Black­winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus and the Spur­winged Plover Vanellus spinosus are the two main stars of the site. Other migratory birds include herons, flamingos and glossy ibis, as well as the pelican.

Before opening your wings and setting off to Cyprus, take a look at the BirdLife Cyprus website (www.birdlifecyprus.org) , where you can discover the island’s best birdwatching sites, get information about where and how you can submit and share your sightings, and everything else you need to take in the wonder of birdwatching in Cyprus.