It was a fresh Spring day on Saturday 17 March, the hike up along Kryos Potamos, past Caledonian waterfall, then round and down the slopes of Pouziaris offered many thrills, and the buffet lunch that followed, with its special herbal tea offering at the end made the outing feel twice as nice. Compliments to Laurent for his leadership, and to Maria and Clara for the photos. Join us on 25 March at Prophitis Elias https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/prophitis-elias-monastery-kionia-hike-25-march/
Our excursion of 11th of March offered a very large group of Strollers, old and new, the opportunity to explore the beautiful area of Cape Greco, at a time that nature is at its best. Climbing to the top of the cliff, down to the church of Agioi Anargyroi, round to Konnos and as far as the occult Cyclop’ s Cave, we experienced the rebirth of nature under the warm sun and the watchful eye of a proud eagle flying over us throughout our meanders. In the end, we shared our experiences and food in a picnic that brought us even closer. All in all this outing, full of colors and local smells right next to the sea, generated the warm feeling our Sunday had become somehow bigger than one day! Compliments to Christos for leading the hike, to Evi for this summary and to Antonia and Nana for the photos. Join us on 17 March at Platres https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kryos-potamos-caledonian-waterfall-pouziaris-trail-17-march/
A large gathering of Strollers, including newcomers, took the challenge of the uphill and downhill trails along Adelphi forest, on Saturday 3 March, with joy. The colours and buds of Spring, together with the young caterpillars set the scene. Compliments to Yiannis for leading this outing and to Clara for the photos. Join us on 11 March at Cape Greco https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/cape-greco-konnos-bay-and-cyclops-cave-hikes-11-march/
Our bodies, minds and souls felt so liberated, on the hike to Stavros Agiasmati of Sunday 25 February. Perhaps because of the large turnout of regular Strollers, members we had not seen for some time and newcomers, from many backgrounds and nationalities. Or the sparkling colours of a precocious Spring. Maybe the sheer luck, to find the splendidly wall-painted byzantine church of Stavros open for our visit, contributed to our euphoria. These wonderful conditions brought out the best in us, evidenced in the cheerfulness of conversations, and playfulness at the lunch table. Compliments to Christos and Clara for the photos. Join us on 3 March at Asinou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/adelphi-forest-panagia-asinou-hike-3-march/
Our Delikipos hike on Sunday 18 February was an extraordinary experience in many ways. To begin with, it was a hike in the original sense of the word: no designated trail, no marked out path. This was just man exploring nature as God created it. Thanks to our walk leader Ian, who reads his surroundings like a book and had mapped out the route expertly, we could all enjoy this more ‘au naturel’ hike without fear of getting lost.
En route, as we inhaled the fresh air saturated with the scent of wild thyme, it soon became clear that Spring was already here – much earlier than expected. Our snapping phone cameras captured various wild flowers that decorated our route, while frogs croaked in the small stream that we enjoyed crossing a few times as we rambled across this beautiful valley, known to benefit from healthy rainfall. For three hours and covering approximately 9km, it was easy to forget that we were still in February and only half an hour from Nicosia.
Once again, the group that gathered for this hike was a cosmopolitan mix of nature friends from around the world, including regular Strollers and visitors, from countries such as Argentina, Austria, Iceland, Sweden, Lebanon, Iran, China and of course the UK, Greece and Cyprus. All in all, another wonderful opportunity to exercise and socialize with the Cyprus Strollers. Compliments to Ian for leading the outing, to Dina for the summary and to Ramzi, Koula and Clara for the photos. Join us on 25 Feb. at Xyliatos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/xyliatos-dam-stavros-agiasmati-linear-hike-25-feb/
The beauty and impressiveness of the Pedieos gorge was not eclipsed on Sunday 11 February by a rather dull, mostly cloudy weather. A large group of Strollers set off to enjoy the abundant waters of the Pedieos river, winding its way down from the Mahairas mountains. We delighted in the naturally hewn rocks of the gorge and the pretty Ragged Robin purple flowers. After an uphill path we reached the Afxentiou hide out and some minutes later the Mahairas Monastery where we rested and had our picnic. Strollers, as always, shared their sandwiches, fruit and treats, before setting off for the return to the start point. This was another demanding but worthwhile hike in the beautiful and already spring-like countryside of Cyprus. Compliments to Patrick for leading the outing and writing this summary, and to Clara for the photos. Join us on 17 Feb. at Delikipos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/delikipos-hike-17-feb/