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wildlife and wild flowers at Christmas

Join us on Aphrodite’s island for a relaxing festive escape.
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Return flight London Gatwick to Cyprus. Local transport as specified in itinerary. Seven nights accommodation, full board.

Not included

Refreshments. Entrance fees to archaeological sites (c€20 in total). Gratuities. Travel insurance. ETIAS/visa costs. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum 14.

From our base in a friendly, family-run hotel on the Akamas peninsula, out on the western end of the island, we will explore the surrounding hillsides, fields and meadows in search of autumn bulbs, the earliest of the island’s many orchids and other interesting wild flowers, along with the resident bird life of the area.

We will be staying in the comfortable and friendly Aphrodite Beach hotel, situated right on the beach on the Akamas Peninsula, not far from Polis, looking out over Chrysochou Bay. From here we will explore the local area, looking for ‘autumn’ flowering bulbs including Narcissus tazetta and some lovely endemics: Crocus veneris, Colchicum pusillum and Hyacinthella milingenii alongside the first of the ‘spring’ flowers, with splashes of colour from Anemone coronaria, Cyclamen persicum and the first of the island’s many orchids: Anacamptis collina and Ophrys israelitica.

Whilst paying plenty of attention to the wonderful wild flowers, we won’t be missing out on the other wildlife this island has to offer. Resident birdlife includes Bonelli’s Eagle, Chukar and Black Francolin, with winter visitors to the island including two regional specialities: Finsch’s Wheatear and Greater Sand-plover both travel from the high Anatolian plateau to spend their winter in select spots. Sunny spells should reveal the local herptiles, including the endemic Troodos Wall Lizard.

Cyprus has a rich history, and we will spend time at a variety of historical sites including the Paphos World Heritage Site on the Paphos Peninsula.

We first visited Cyprus way back in 1991, and have been back more than 30 times since… we are looking forward to returning to Aphrodite’s island for a relaxing festive escape.

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.

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