The Cyprus Strollers is for everyone who loves life outdoors and wants to:
- Get some exercise at the weekend
- Explore the paths of the Cyprus countryside
- Meet people and make new friends.
The Cyprus Strollers is a new hiking club set up by Xenophon Hasapis in 2014.
The club is modelled on the successful Athens Strollers hiking club, launched by Xenophon in Athens, Greece in 2009. Xenophon is a passionate hiker and nature lover, who returned to his native Cyprus in 2013, after a 30+ years career abroad.
The Cyprus Strollers welcome families (with children and/ or pets) living in Cyprus, irrespective of nationality, as well as visitors/ tourists, who love nature and search for hiking opportunities during their stay. Your children must be 6 years old and above, to endure a hike.
There is an activity practically every weekend, from October to May. Activities alternate between Saturdays and Sundays. This offers more choice and makes the club accessible to people who work on the weekend. Most walks start in the morning and are followed by lunch. Few start in the early afternoon and are followed by a drink and a snack.
Several walks last between two and three hours, while others last between 1 ½ – 2 hours. In addition, this club organizes some more demanding activities, such as longer or all-day trips on some occasions.
Each walk announcement includes reference to the degree of difficulty. The majority of walks are suitable for people with a good health, a good heart and a good physical fitness. Some others last over 3 hours and involve more strenuous exercise which includes uphill climbing. These are given a degree of difficulty 3 rating (on a scale from 1 easy to 3 difficult) and are addressed to hikers who have tested their ability in similar circumstances before and have a very good health and fitness.
The Cyprus Strollers walks are led by an experienced hiker. Offers are always very welcome from anyone willing to organize a walk. If you can lead a walk, contact Xenophon.Hasapis@gmail.com who will send you a guide on how to go about it.
For walks in the countryside special hiking gear is required, including a good pair of hiking shoes (no gym shoes, please). See section on ‘Hike Preparation’ for fuller instructions.
For walks outside Nicosia we drive to the walk start in our cars. For the car trip it is sensible to take full cars (car pooling). This means that a meeting point in the city is being announced for each walk and a start time from this meeting point is set. Hikers are encouraged to meet at the meeting point on time. The meeting point is selected to provide easy access and sufficient parking spaces, for those who will be leaving their cars behind. Alternatively, if you prefer, you may make it to the walk start directly. The arrangement described also suits members who do not have cars and therefore have problems getting to the venue. If you do not drive a car, you are advised to make telephone contact with the walk leader 1-2 days ahead of the walk, to register your need for a car lift.
Adhering to the meeting time and start time announced is vital. To help you in this, instructions published provide detailed information on how to get to the walk start. Instructions are based on kilometres count and for this you need to use your car odometer. If your car does not have an odometer, simply make a written note of the kilometre reading on your driver’s panel when the instructions ask you to zero your odometer, and count kilometres from that reading, according to the instructions. You are strongly advised to a) print out instructions and have them with you in your car, b) use your odometer, as instructed: this is the most reliable method to use, and the only safe one when in doubt.
After the walk, members visit a nearby taverna or cafeteria, and those going to the taverna share the bill. Every effort is being made to keep the bill to reasonable levels. Where possible, some walks are combined with a picnic. The Organizers make serious efforts to set-up lunch; this means, among other tasks, booking a table to await the group on arrival. To facilitate arrangements, for your better service, where instructed, you are required to pre-register, if you are joining us for lunch. To do so, you need to follow the lunch instructions for each walk, as detailed.
There is no membership fee to join the Cyprus Strollers and no charge is made for the walks. Your only cost is what you pay for your meal.
To find out about our schedule of walks for this season, visit https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. To get the instructions about our next walk, visit https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/. Information for each walk includes detailed directions to the walk start, and a map, where possible. You are strongly encouraged to visit http://cyprus-strollers.org regularly and importantly before you leave home, in case there are ‘last-minute’ changes to the program. Members may receive e-mails with news, but the Organizers encourage you not to rely on the e-mails, since they may not get to you, for reasons beyond our control.
This website uses some photographic material borrowed from the website of the Cyprus Tourism Organization (KOT). We extend our thanks to the Cyprus Tourism Organization for permission to use.
If you attend a Cyprus Strollers walk you do so entirely at your own risk. The Cyprus Strollers is a social club and neither the organizers nor the leader of the walk are responsible for the health and safety of those taking part.