Flowers Allover – Fikardou 7 May

A feast of flowers adorned the path of the Cyprus Strollers on the hike from Fikardou to Lazanias and then Mahairas, on Sunday 7 May. With the sun shining throughout, and temperatures higher than desired, participants displayed their best spirit and stamina and were rewarded with views of a beautiful landscape, the well preserved roofs of the houses in the two villages and a superb meal at the end. Compliments to Laurent for leading this outing and to Nana and Kate for the photos. Join us on 13 May on Troodos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/troodos-platres-myllomeris-waterfall-and-kampos-livadiou-two-trails-sat-13-may/

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rock rose purple flowers

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Mahairas monastery

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Two Peaks and One Cave – 8 April Hike

A cloudy sky and a gentle wind, which prevented precipitation, contributed to the enjoyment of two hikes on the south slopes of Mahairas, on Saturday 8 April. The club wishes you a Happy Easter. Join us on 23 April at Platania https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/platania-kyperounda-doxa-si-o-theos-sunday-23-april/

Mahairas Mountains in all their Springtime Glory: Prophitis Elias Hike – 25 March

We set off from the abandoned, wistful-looking monastery climbing up along the winding ridge towards Kionia, through a riot of wild flowers and panoramic views. The clear day presented us with beautiful open vistas of pine covered slopes, angular rock formations and distant views of the sea. The higher we climbed, the more impressive became the jagged rocks with their clumps of delicate, purple Arabis Purpurea flowers, known by the more romantic name of Tears of Jesus’s Mother. During our hike we moved from bright sunlight to dappled shade, from Golden Oaks glistening in the sun, to the stillness of the forest where tall pines spread their aromatic scent and whispered in the gentle breeze. The last couple of kilometers downhill were more challenging but we eventually sat down to a veritable feast at Steki tou Marinou to enjoy home-cooked starters, delicious vegetables and fish and, more importantly, very convivial company. The red wine flowed and Xenophon called upon a number of the group to say a few words to capture the highlights of the day. All Strollers cheered Ian, our very capable leader on this rather tough, yet most enjoyable hike. Compliments to Mary for this write-up and to Christine, Marios and Patrick for the photos. Join us on 2 April on Pitsilia https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/pitsilia-stavros-tou-agiasmati-panagia-tou-araka-linear-trail-sunday-2-april/.

Challenging and Rewarding Kapedes Hike 19 Nov.

The Kapedes – Agios Onoufrios hike of Saturday 19 November offered the challenges of steep uphill and downhill, as announced in advance. The group of Strollers enjoyed the exercise and the discovery of each person’s extra strength. Compliments to Christine and Koula for the photos. Join us on 27 Nov. at Asinou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/adelphi-forest-walk-panagia-tis-asinou-agios-theodoros-sunday-27-nov/ rearrear1looking-out-long-view-north

Water of Hope – Pedieos Gorge Hike 5 Nov.

Living through a period of protracted drought, there was a sigh of relief on Saturday 5 November among all Strollers who saw and also heard the sound of water, little as it was, as we hiked along the gorge of Pedieos river. There were plenty of other excitements, turning this long hike into a much liked outing. Compliments to George for leading and to Marios, Dina and Koula for sending their photos. Join us on 13 Nov. at Cape Greco https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/cape-greco-sea-caves-trail-sunday-13-november/

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Mahairas monastery

Mahairas monastery

Endemic cyclamen

Endemic cyclamen

Strollers So Strong – Fikardou-Mahairas hike 23 April

A large group of Strollers tackled the difficult hike from Fikardou through Lazanias to Mahairas monastery and back, in style. The rewards were plentiful: a feast of rock rose flowers, both pink and white, side by side at several places; the mesmerizing scent of pink rose flowers on a wild rose bush in Lazanias; sage and other flowers; almond trees bearing fruit; a choir of male frogs declaring their virility; the inspiring visit to Mahairas monastery, luckily at a time of prayer by monks in church. The outing was capped by a delicious, rich meal served at Agios Georgios taverna in Gourri, where several toasts were raised for George and George among us, given that 23 April is the day we celebrate Saint George. Compliments to Christine for the photos.

The club wishes all its members a Happy Easter on May 1.

Join us on 8 May, when we hike the Grand Circle of Madari.

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vineyard

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Two Summits and Beyond – Mahairas 20 March

A large and varied group of Strollers, of all ages and from 10 different nationalities gathered on Sunday 20 March; hiking involved the visit to a cave and the conquering of two summits, offering rare 360 degree views, on the south slopes of Mahairas; our accomplishment went well beyond, and peaked with a gourmet picnic, the epitomy of generosity of so many Strollers. Compliments to Alex, Koula, Marina and Gerard for the photos. Join us at Platania on 26 March.

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The essential walk leader briefing before walk start

The essential walk leader briefing before walk start

Walk leader identifying a location at a viewpoint

Walk leader identifying a location at a viewpoint

Alex, last survivor out of the cave

Alex, last survivor out of the cave

Strawberry tree flowers

Strawberry tree flowers

One aspect of a very gourmet picnic; Patricia's contribution

One aspect of a very gourmet picnic; Patricia’s contribution