For all the hike enthusiasts we have collated and put a list of the top 5 hike trails in Paphos. This one is for all the solo travellers who are looking into experiencing the majestic nature of our island.
1. Avakas Gorge
Undoubtedly one of the most majestic jewels of the island. Avakas Gorge is an 8.2km trail near Peyia, Paphos. The trail would take you around 2h 30min to complete and is considered a challenging trail. Avakas Gorge is a very popular destination and is being visited by both locals and tourists. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year.
The Akamas peninsula, which stretches northeast along the river, begins with a stunning gorge. The gorge has steep, vertical slopes that can reach 30 meters in height and is home to a variety of animals and plants, including the rare centauria akamatis plant. The carbonate rock formations that make up the gorge’s walls are stunning. Possibly a little risky due to the continual fall of rocks. Turtle nests can be found on the beach near the trailhead. At the top of a hill, there is just one restaurant in the vicinity. As you will be climbing over stones and rocks frequently, stay away from bringing young children and pets. Watch for wild mountain goats in the area.
2. Aphrodite Nature Trail
Explore this 4.2-kilometer out-and-back track close to Paphos. It typically takes 1 hour and 8 minutes to accomplish this trip, which is thought of as being simple. Since hiking is highly popular in this region, you can run into other hikers while doing your exploration. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year.
The route begins in the vicinity of the Bath of Aphrodite and travels east. The ‘Akamas Botanical Garden’ is the first place it stops before continuing on the gravel road and passing through the Aphrodite Family Eco Camping. The path keeps along parallel to the stony shoreline, with sporadic low-lying bushes. The sea is visible in all directions and is not blocked. The same path was taken on the way back.
3. Smigies Nature Trail
Discover this 5.8-kilometer circular route close to Androlikou, Paphos. It takes an average of 1 hour and 42 minutes to accomplish this route, which is typically regarded as moderately difficult. Although this is a well-liked hiking trail, you can still find some peace and quiet during the slower periods of the day.
Circular Path in the Paphos area of western Cyprus, more specifically in the Akamas Forest. The road passes by historic mines, magnesium processing plants, and Akamas’s thick forest. Beautiful view of the forest and the Akamas Peninsula’s beach. Many migratory birds use the area as a staging point.
4. Adonis Nature Trail
Try out this 7.2-km loop track close to Paphos. It takes an average of 2 hours, 28 minutes to accomplish this course, which is typically regarded as moderately difficult. Although this is a well-liked hiking trail, you can still find some peace and quiet during the slower periods of the day. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year.
On the Akamas Peninsula and in northwest Cyprus, there is an interesting circular walk. It begins quite close to the Aphrodite Baths and travels in a northwesterly direction, passing by the Tower of Regina and the location Kefalovrysia, where there is water. Aphrodite and Smigies’ paths cross it along the way. There are numerous locations with stunning views of Paphos’ beaches and greenery. The trail’s location is in a perfect spot which is rich in fauna and flora.
5. Paphos and Saranta Kolones Castle
Explore this 3.9-km circular trail in the Paphos area. It usually takes 46 minutes to finish and is regarded as being simple. Although this trail is used frequently for jogging, mountain biking, and hiking, you can still find some peace and quiet during the slower periods of the day. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year. Dogs are permitted, but they must be leashed.
The Fortress of the Forty Columns is located at the southeast corner of Paphos. A huge number of granite columns that were formerly a component of the old agora distinguish this Byzantine castle from the seventh century AD. A three meter high wall, eight towers, and a moat enclose the fortress. The walkway circles the castle, which is surrounded by several other significant sites that make up the Paphos Archaeological Park.
These are some of the places we would recommend you visiting to explore the island. All the trail routes have been used from the AllTrail website. If you want to further explore and go for other trails check out AllTrails for more. If you are looking for more solo traveller adventures check out our page around solo travelling.