There are some horses belonging to individuals that I came across when on the Troodos square recently.
I was out there for more than 2 hours and I noticed that no one was interested to have a ride. I approached the owners and suggested that they should lower the price because it was ridiculously high in such a difficult period and the economy in Cyprus.
They murmured some words between them when I left them behind to think about it!
In Cyprus, snow skiing starts from the beginning of January to the end of March on Mount Olympus, which is only 3 km from Troodos hill resort, and 12 km from Platres.
There are 4 ski lifts . Two of these lifts are installed on the North Face of Mount Olympus. One is 350 and the other 500 metres long respectively.
The other two ski lifts, each 150 metres long are installed at “Sun Valley” south of Olympus.
Apply for further information at the Cyprus Tourism Organization and request an info-paper on “Skiing in Cyprus” .
Cyprus Ski Club
P.O. Box 2185, CY 1518 Nicosia
Tel: +357 2-365340 (office hours)
The many unspoiled areas in Cyprus offer unforgettable hiking experiences to Nature walkers.
I suggest that the first thing you do is to visit a Tourist Office the moment you step on the island and ask to be given the detailed leaflets on the Nature Trails which are free. They include every detail of each walking trail on the island.
Just to get an idea, on the Troodos area there are 4 formal, sign-posted nature trails:
Artemis, Atalante, Kledonia, Persephone.
On the Troodos Forest it is the Kampos tou Leivadiou Nature trail, which is a circular trail of 3 km long, starting and ending at Kampos tou Leivadiou picnic site.
Stavros tis Psokas:
This includes the Chorteri nature trail: It is circular trail of 5 km legth.
The starting point is on the road between Selladi tou Stavrou, and Stavros tis Psokas Forest Station.
The other one is called, Moutti tou Stavrou nature trail, and it is a circular trail 4 km long and starts from the point near Selladi tou Stavrou.
Cyprus is a paradise for cyclists.
I was amazed to see so many cyclists while I was on the island the previous time.
I was walking in Lofou, and there were groups of cyclists enjoying their ride. Spring is a paradise in Cyprus and they surely knew what they were doing. There was not a single one who did not greet me when passing by next to me! I thought how excited and happy they should have been.
Towards the inland the terrain becomes a lot more challenging, especially along the myriad cycling routes that crisscross the Troodos Mountains.
The Cyprus cycling federation organizes international mountain biking events attracting famous stars in the world o cycling to the Troodos mountains.
There are many horse riding stables across the length and breadth of the island.
Most of these stables offer a range of trecks for beginners and advanced riders.
I am listing a few major clubs below:
The Amathus Park Riding School, found at Parekklisia Village in Limassol.
Tel: +357 99 60 41 09
The Elias Country Club:
Tel: +357 25 63 60 00
The Drapia Farm, found at the Kalavasos vilage:
Tel: +357 24 33 29 98
Up the Troodos mountains at the central square you can get information where the riding club is because there is a stable out there as well.
Hiking is very popular on the island particularly during spring when temperature is cooler and the landscape greener.
When you come to Cyprus try to find a Tourist office and provide yourselves with several booklets which are given free of charge. The contain full details of many interesting walks throughout the island.
Cyprus is a walker's paradise and lately I have discovered Platres to be one such.
The Akamas Peninsula in the southwest of the island is another breathtaking destination for unfogettable and exciting hiking vacation.
But of course if you find yourselves out in the countryside it is easy to find a nature path to walk.
Equipment: Be sure to have a good pair of shoes and a hat with you.
There is skiing in Cyprus in the Troodos Mountains for about four to six weeks a year depending on the overall temperature and amount of snowfall each winter. This year the skiing started in January, but how long the snow last hinges critically on there not being any rain.
At the top of Mount Olympus the snowfall lying on the ground was about 35cm or so. Enough to ski, but not enough to hide all the rocks. The bottoms of my skis now need a serious p-tex job before I can use them again. Still, the quality of the snow was actually pretty good aside from the stones, and the sunshine and blue sky with views over the surrounding mountains and down the sea beyond were definitely worthwhile. Plus it is just kind of cool to have bragging rights about skiing in the eastern Mediterranean. And only an hour away from the sea.
It was good for about four hours. There are four slopes. Two are quite small and not very challenging. Two are a little longer and you can actually link a few turns together before you reach the bottom. I would say one good minute from top to bottom for the average skier. It would be an excellent place to learn to snowboard for example. Not very challenging for the proficient skier, but nice to get out for the practice with some friends none the less. I would go again. Not next weeekend, but next time I am yearning for the Alps!
Equipment: They do rent equipment. It is vintage 1980s stuff though and old ski technology. Not carving skis for sure. However, due to the rocks I encountered I wonder if renting would have been the smarter alternative? Next time I go up I am going to take my 'shorties' and just have some fun. The hill is really not challenging enough to require my all-mountain skis. The price of lift tickets is 21 euros per day. That is very reasonable.
If you are going to go, go early. We got up there before 9 a.m. On the weekend everyone and his dog wants to go up to the Troodos and see the snow! We have been unable to get up at times due to the traffic and turned back. By noon the place is a zoo and you will not likely find anywhere practical to park. When it gets too full the police turn vehicles back. However, just below Troodos you will find a nice village called Platros where you can still have lunch and go for a nice stroll. That is our default option. Enjoy! ; - )