Sun on our skin, we smelled the sea, felt the breeze, picked up seashells – Akrotiri 31 March

The Cyprus Strollers celebrate the outdoors and each weekend we seek opportunities to meet and go to places we have never thought about going to! Saturday 31 March was another great day with the club visiting the Akrotiri Salt Lake, a small corner of the island with a unique ecosystem and significant wildlife. With the sun shining, a cool breeze in the air and the smell of the sea in our nostrils we reached the chapel of the Monastery of Saint Nicholas, aka of the cats, started long lasting friendships with the cats, and then hiked back along the gentle beach. On the way we passed many brave, early swimmers splashing in the waves or sunbathing, and some of us exercised a bit of a treasure hunt, beachcombing. Fish and seafood with splendid sea view was waiting for us at the end of our exercise. Compliments to Koula for leading the outing and composing the summary and to Maria and Clara for the photos. Best Easter wishes to every club member and family. Join us on 15 April at Galata https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/galata-kakopetria-cultural-stroll-15-april/

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Unique Cyprus Strollers – Prophitis Elias 25 March

No other club offers the unique blend of hiking with culture and fraternity that was once more evident in the excursion on the slopes of Mahairas and the dinner that followed on Sunday 25 March. Among the many thrills were the various flowers, with the abundance of lavender turning Mahairas into Lavender Hill; Clara’s gift reading about the legends explaining why the chapels of Prophitis Elias are almost always found on hill tops; and the rich meal which culminated with a serving of escargots, a true pièce de résistance. Compliments to Ian for leading this outing and to Maria and Clara for their photos. And what a rare pleasure to be able to feature a photo of our two regular photographers together smiling, below. Join us on 31 March at Lady’s Mile https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/ladys-mile-and-monastery-of-cats-in-akrotiri-salt-lake-31-march/ 

Troodos Delight – 17 March

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/

  

Bigger than the sum of its parts – Cape Greco 11 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/

Joyful along Adelphi – 3 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/

Utterly Liberating Hike – Stavros Agiasmati 25 Feb.

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/

Untamed Delikipos – 18 Feb.

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/