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Nature trails of Paphos

While the Paphos region is home to a great many cities bursting with culture and history, there are just as many forests, gorges and nature trails that show a whole different side to this vibrant island.

Out here, you'll find historic ruins, endemic plant species, animals and birds, not to mention incredible views out to sea and further inland. If you want to get the full picture of Cyprus, seeing Paphos' natural side is a must.

Adonis, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Length - seven and a half kilometres

Time - three to four hours

This circular trail provides scenic views of Chrysochous Bay and the Paphos Forest. It runs past the Pyrgos tis Rigainas, AKA the Queen's Tower, as well as a nearby oak tree that's around 500 years old and the Baths of Aphrodite, where it's said the Goddess of Love and Beauty used to bathe.

Along the way you'll see endemic plants and migratory birds, too.

Aphrodite, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Length - seven and a half kilometres

Time -three to four hours

As the name suggests, the Aphrodite trail is linked with the Adonis trail, so you'll cover a bit of the same ground as the latter, and will also pass by the Baths of Aphrodite and the Queen's Tower. The Aphrodite affords more views of the waterfront, however, as about half of it runs along the coast.

Artemis, Troodos Forest Nature Trail

Length - seven kilometres

Time - two and a half to three hours

Found in the Limassol side of Paphos, the Artemis trail winds through a black pine forest with a few trees that are almost a half-century old. You'll also find Venetian ruins and will circle the top of Mount Olympos, which, as you can imagine, makes way for some pretty spectacular views.

Avakas Gorge, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Length - just over a kilometre

Time - 45 minutes

Simply walking through the gorge won't take much time at all, and affords incredible views of the towering limestone rocks.

You'll trail along the river running through the gorge, so before starting it's important to assess the water activity to make sure the walk is safe – water that's too high or moving too fast will mean the walk can be a little treacherous, seeing as you'll actually have to traverse through the water at times.

But if the water is low, a little care and patience will get you through just fine.

Ezousa Walking Trail, District Nature Trail

Length - just over seven and a half kilometres

Time - three hours

The Ezousa Trail will take you up past Episkopi, a traditional stone village that's found on the west bank of the Ezousa River. On this walk, you'll have sweeping views of the Ezousa Valley and the river, which the second half of the trail leads beside. It's a special treat on a hot day.

Pissouromoutti, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Length - three kilometres

Time - Two hours

This circular trail begins at the Smigies picnic site and cuts through a shaded pine forest. Along the way, you'll spot indigenous plants before heading to the highest peak, which gives you panoramic views in every direction, especially over Chrysochous Bay.

Smigies, Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Length - short route is two and a half kilometres, long route is six kilometres

Time - short route is one hour, long route is two hours

This circular walk takes you up through the Akamas Forest, initially giving stunning views of the Chrysochous Bay before veering into the mainland. The longer route will take you past mines and abandoned kilns, but on both you'll still have a shot at seeing the migratory birds and endemic plants growing in abundance around these parts.

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