Cyprus - autumn bulbs and natural history
We first visited Cyprus way back in 1991 and always look forward to returning to Aphrodite’s island.
Exploring the quiet Cypriot countryside in search of autumn bulbs and other endemic plants, while enjoying the autumn sunshine.
Cyprus is a charming island, full of exciting wild flowers and beautiful landscapes, blessed with a sunny climate where the warmth lasts long into the autumn and with delightful, friendly people. Our trips to Cyprus have been some of our most popular and repeated trips, and we are looking forward to a return this autumn.
The Cypriot flora has elements from both Europe and Asia and the relative isolation of the island has allowed an endemic flora to develop: of around 1,910 plant species in Cyprus, almost one in ten are endemic. In addition to autumn-flowering plants, we should also start to pick up some of the earliest ‘spring’ flowers: spring starts very early in Cyprus, surprisingly, well before Christmas! Whilst focusing on the wonderful wild flowers, we won’t be missing out on any of the other wildlife this island has to offer. Birds, butterflies and reptiles may all be a feature of our days.
Our base is a pleasant family-run hotel on the coast not far from Polis, looking out over Chrysochou Bay. From here we can explore the Alcamas Peninsula and other nearby areas of botanical interest. We will also visit the open juniper forest at Pegeia and the lower slopes of the Troodos Mountains.
Cyprus has a rich history, and we will spend time at a variety of historical sites including the World Heritage archaeology of the Paphos peninsula.
Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.