If you are new or fairly new to Cyprus, welcome to Cyprus. If you are a permanent resident, you are equally welcome. The Cyprus Strollers is for everyone who loves life outdoors and wants to:
• Get some exercise at the weekend
• Explore the city paths of Nicosia and other towns, and the Cyprus countryside
• Meet people and make new friends.
The Cyprus Strollers is a new hiking club, based in Nicosia, which started operation in Autumn 2014. There is an activity practically every weekend, from October to May. Activities alternate between Saturdays and Sundays, in order to facilitate a larger number of people.
Some walks last two to three hours and follow fairly easy routes or routes of medium difficulty. Other walks are shorter; they last between 1 ½ – 2 hours and are designed to better accommodate family members and friends who want to join the Strollers, but walk less. In addition, this club organizes a few all-day excursions. 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.
Kids and dogs are welcome, but your children must be 6 years old and above, to endure a hike.
Each walk is conducted and led by an experienced hiker. Each walk ends with an (optional) meal at a taverna, or a picnic.
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.
The list of venues includes Nicosia Old City, Athalassa and Pedieos in Nicosia, the Troodos mountain range, the Pitsilia/ Madari mountain range, the Mahairas mountain range, the Adelphi mountain range, Larnaca coastline and the Larnaca Salt Lake, Limassol town, the Cape Greco area and elsewhere. Most walks require only a short drive outside Nicosia city.
There are pleasant, small surprises in store for hikers, practically on every outing. These include the singing of birds, sighting of birds and butterflies, spotting of rare flowers, panoramic views from hilltops. Add to these the conversations you can have with other hikers from different backgrounds, who have the same love as you for the outdoors and enjoy the physical exercise hiking offers. At the core of the Cyprus Strollers is a belief in the dual benefit of exercise and companionship.
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.
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.
To find out about our schedule of walks for this season, visit https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/.
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. Further, to protect yourself from last-minute changes to the plan, you are urged to check this website before leaving home.
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.