Update: the plan is to proceed to lunch after the hike, in our choice fish restaurant on Governor’s coast. Lunch will be meze of fish and seafood (no meat). Kindly confirm if dining or not, when registering. Please remember lunch payment is only in cash. Participants registered for lunch will receive further details via e-mail.
Our excursion of Saturday 18 December 2021 takes us to Governor’s, along the rocky coast towards St. George of Alamanos village, west of Governor’s beach.
The hike is linear. The length of the walk is eleven kilometers, duration about three hours of hiking, with a degree of difficulty one. We hike at sea level, at an altitude between 3 to 10 meters, and small ups and downs. This destination is a good start for beginners in hiking. During the walk you can breathe directly the sea iodine, an essential mineral for our health that is something we can’t find any more in our nutrition nor in the mountains. The sea air will further give us a positive feeling and a psychological boost. One attraction we will meet on the way is a solar energy research plant, in the middle of the walk. The hike starts at 11:00 am. Xenophon is leading the hike, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 97613720.
Depending on the government restrictions on the day, we shall follow the walk with a served lunch. Kindly visit this page in the week prior to the activity for updated news. In the case of lunch, this will be a fish and seafood lunch and will take place at a fish restaurant on the same coast, a couple of minutes’ drive from where we have parked. To provide you with maximum safety vis-à-vis covid-19, and in order to have maximum traceability, we require every participant to register, irrespective of your participation at lunch or not. To facilitate arrangements, for your better service, you are required to e-mail Xenophon by end Thursday, indicating whether you will be joining us for lunch or not.
You have the choice of meeting the group at the hike start, or meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. In either case, you need from to carry copy of this set of instructions. Meeting in Nicosia offers two important advantages: we drive in full cars, leaving some cars behind; thus, we save in fuel and enjoy the trip in good company. The meeting point in Nicosia is the Handicrafts Centre (Kentro Heirotechnias) on Leoforos Athalassas (Athalassa Avenue), which offers ample parking space. The car trip starts at 10:00 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.
How to get to the walk start, coming from Nicosia:
Get to the main junction between Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue and Leoforos Athalassas. Drive along the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, heading towards Limassol. Exit the motorway on your left, at exit number 16, following signs to Governor’s beach. Zero your odometer as you exit the motorway. After 100 m you reach a T-junction; turn right, following signs to Governor’s beach. At the 0.2 km reading take the left turn. At the 0.6 km reading go right at the Y-junction. At the 0.7 km reading ignore a left turn. At the 1.4 km reading the road bends left. At the 1.6 km reading turn right into the first side road past the left bend. At the 1.8 km reading go left at the Y-junction. You now see the sea in front and the Akti Sofroniou restaurant on the side, on your left. Park your car. We meet here.
How to get to the walk start, coming from Limassol:
Drive along the Limassol-Nicosia motorway, heading towards Nicosia. Exit the motorway on your left, at exit number 16-17, following signs to Governor’s beach. Exit the motorway and follow the signs up to the Akti Sofroniou restaurant; this is the restaurant in a line of coastal restaurants further west, that is nearest to Limassol. When you reach it, you will see the sea in front and the Akti Sofroniou restaurant on the side, on your left. Park your car. We meet here.
GPS coordinates: 34.710844, 33.270254
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Landmark (formerly Hilton) hotel area:
Get yourself on Makarios Avenue, heading out of town and set your odometer to zero as you drive past the Nicosia Landmark (formerly Hilton) hotel. At the 0.1 km reading you reach traffic lights (with the Apoel club building on your right), go straight. At the 0.5 km reading you reach another set of traffic lights, go straight. Driving along, you pass a few more traffic lights, staying on this main road (named Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue). At the 2.1 km reading, you reach a principal set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn right here. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue. At the 0.2 km reading you see a large empty space on your right and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your left. Park in the parking area. We meet here. The Handicrafts Centre is next to the church of St. Barnabas.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Presidential Palace area:
Get to the round-about next to the Presidential Palace. From downtown Nicosia you reach this along the Kyriakou Matsi avenue or along the D. Severi avenue. Set your odometer to zero on the round-about and drive along the principal road towards Strovolos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach traffic lights. Go straight. At the 0.6 km reading you reach a 2nd set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn left. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue full of shops. At the 2.6 km reading you see a large empty space on your left and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your right. Park here.
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Landmark (formerly Hilton) hotel area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/phjc6s7
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Presidential Palace area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/neo9duy
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