Visit picturesque Omodos and stunning Kelephos bridge - optionally do an easy walk there or at Troodos on top of Cyprus
Omodos village is one of the largest villages of Krasochoria (which means 'Wine villages') in Greek. Indeed vineyards and wine have been through the centuries and till today prime produce for this collection of preserved villages north of bustling Limassol. Omodos developed around the ancient monastery of the Holly Cross and is a popular destination for visitors. (if travellers prefer we can visit a less touristy nearby village - eg Arsos or Vasa)
Kelephos bridge is the most photographed of the twenty or so remaining medieval bridges in Cyprus, found just inside Paphos Forest.
I recommend to do a walk near Kelephos bridge, inside Paphos Forest, with the possibility of spotting moufflon (wild sheep). Conversely we could skip Kelephos bridge and instead do the flat Artemis walk (at about 1, 800 m) in Troodos. It offers gorgeous vistas, unique geology and habitat.
Phivos is the author of the book 'Exploring Authentic Cyprus' and offers services around the whole island, including walking trips.
From Limassol we head north and uphill to an area known as Krassohoria (wine villages) and either go to the top of Troodos to walk the Artemis trail or we visit Kelephos medieval bridge and do a short walk there. Then we explore Omodos village (or if travelers prefer, another village closeby) before returning to our base in Limassol.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
The number above roughly applies to the time of travel and the actual walking itinerary (walking, having breaks).
We usually use a Citroen C8 7-seater. It was built in 2006, it is in a very good condition and air-conditioned.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euro - There is no meal included in the trip. A small amount is suggested (5 Euro) as a budget for each participant in case they want to buy a small amount of food or drinks.
I am not a licensed Cyprus Tourism Organisation guide and as a result I cannot guide visitors into archaeological sites requiring entry tickets.
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Phivos is a wonderful guide! We had a great day of hiking high in the troodos mountains with its views, cypress and pine trees. Perfect. Phivos also drove around the island to share many beauriful sights with us. We really feel we got to experience Cyprus and some of its history. We ended our journey at the Limassol cruise port.