HOME to a plethora of ancient archaeological sites, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is best explored up close and at a slower pace.

One great way of achieving this is via European tour operator UTracks, a specialist in putting together “active Europe” programs.

The 11-day Troodos Mountains and Akamas adventure includes nine self-guided walks exploring the Cyprus’ villages, ancient sites, and mountainous terrain.

Highlights along the way cover the Kykko Monastery (the largest on the island), and treks through the Akamas Peninsula National Park which is home to the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle and the baths of Aphrodite, where according to legend the goddess bathed.

Included are meals every morning and night, accommodation in small hotels and country guests houses, luggage and airport transfers, and maps and suggested routes.

Prices for the walking tours of Cyprus starts from $1,746 per person.

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