Arrived at Paphos AirportMarch 5, 2018 in Cyprus ⋅ 🌙 16 °C
Arrived at the airport early after dropping off the hire car. The airport is so quiet we dropped off our bags and went through security etc. in less than 15 minutes, a record for us.
For our last meal before leaving for the airport we decided to go for a meat based Meze, all we can say is that after 5 courses we were stuffed and need to sleep it off for a hour by the pool before going to drop off the hire car.
Our reason for visiting the village of Troodos was to walk the Persephone Nature trail. Which laid out the whole of southern Cyprus in front of us, although under a thin haze.
The lovely Persephone was originally revered by the Greeks as the goddess of fertility. Hades, the ruler of the underworld, made her his wife and without more ado, abducted her in his golden coach taking her into his dark kingdom.Read more
Today we had a change of scenery and set off to explore the Troodos mountains. We set our sights on the village of Troodos which is 1,676 metres (5,500 ft) above sea level. Taking the B8 we wound our way up the mountain, sometimes struggling in our little car to get up the steep inclines, and after 2 hours driving we finally arrived at the village. It was busy with local families enjoying their Sunday afternoon.
The highest mountain on Cyprus is Mt Olympos at 1,952 metres (6,404 ft) some 600 metres higher than Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK.Read more
Having walked the last few days we decided we deserved a rest day so we headed for Polis beach. The beach car park is part of the Polis campsite which is approached by a rather muddy track which our little car only just managed to get through.
The beach is a combination of fine and pebble sand but the sea is calm although the first few meters is full of seaweed.
Although there was high cloud it was still warm and we spent a restful few hours on the empty beach.Read more
A cloudy day again today so ideal for another walk so we set off back to the Baths of Aphrodite to do the Adonis Trail. It was very warm when we arrived but fortunately this was mitigated by a cool breeze.
Lovely walk but it did not have the views we experienced yesterday.
Until the introduction of synthetic polymer (plastic) in the early 20th century Cyprus was one of the world's largest exporter of Tubs due to the proliferation of Tub trees (Quercus alnifoltubia). The trees excrete sap which encourages a particular type of fungus (Rhizopogon luteotublus) to grow in the shape of a tub. Once the fungus is mature it can be extracted from the tree and provides a hard, water proof tub.
Source: Cyprus by Lonely plant (6th Edition) ISBN 978-1-74220-756-8 Page 74Read more