Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which has the highest water temperatures in this region. It is said that in the past the gods came to bathe and relax on the beautiful beaches and bays of Cyprus. And there are many of them here because the length of the island’s coastline is 670 kilometers. Among them are also some peninsulas and capes. Cape Aspro in the south of Cyprus is particularly spectacular. It is located in front of the city of Pissouri, which is situated on the Trachonas Plateau. Paphos and Limassol are both only 30 minutes away. There is a high trail over Cape Aspro that promises breathtaking views. For me, this coastal hike was an absolute highlight of my trip through Cyprus. The route is challenging, little visited and scenic indescribably beautiful. That’s why I don’t want to deprive you of this sight. In this blog post, I’ll introduce you to my personal hike along the coast at Cape Aspro. A great adventure that I will never forget. I hope you enjoy reading my travelogue and I’m glad you came across my travel blog.
My hike at Cape Aspro in brief
If you click on a link below, you will go directly to the corresponding section of the route. It starts at Pissouri Bay on the beach. From there, a hiking trail runs along the coast to the outer edge of the bay, which promises a beautiful view. Shortly after, the first views of the 200-meter-high cliffs await you, over which the Cape Aspro hiking trail leads. Many spectacular viewpoints of the Mediterranean Sea follow, until it starts to descend again from the highest elevation. A secluded bay awaits you at the foot of the cliffs. From there, a tedious hiking trail leads up to the Genesis Aphrodite’s Trail, which finally ends in Pissouri. From the village, a small path leads back towards Pissouri Beach.
In total, the hike on Cape Aspro Trail is 12.3 kilometers long and it took me about 4.5 hours. The climb is not very strenuous, but requires concentration, surefootedness, and a head for heights. In fact, the paths are stony, unmarked and sometimes run directly along the precipice. You should definitely have a GPS map with you. There are no refreshment stops or drinking water on the hike. And no shade! Take enough water with you and definitely a headgear. Even in November the sun was still burning so strong that I was completely dehydrated at the end. I have marked the route and all important destinations on the map.
12,3 km (4.5 h)
↑↓ 555 m
Stony, unpaved, poor markings
Coastal hike over cliffs
Honestly, I can’t recommend the loop hike one hundred percent. The climb from the stone beach to the Genesis Trail is tedious. Partly the path is missing, and a ditch must be jumped over. In addition, the section through the village of Pissouri is quite boring. The last part back to Pissouri beach is also monotonous but promises beautiful views of the bay. Maybe I didn’t like the last part because I didn’t have enough water and there was really no protection from the sun. As an alternative I recommend taking the way from the lonely stone beach back over Cape Aspro. From Pissouri beach to the stone beach and back again it is 10 kilometers.
How to get to Cape Aspro
Travel by car
My starting point of the Cape Aspro Trail is the beach in Pissouri, where there is a free parking lot (see map). The drive from the village of Pissouri to the parking lot takes about 5 minutes. From Limassol or from Paphos the drive to Pissouri beach takes about 30 minutes. The route is via the A6 highway. If the parking lot is already occupied, there is a second larger parking lot nearby.
To Pissouri by bus
Getting there by bus is more complicated. From Paphos bus line 630 goes to Pissouri beach via Pissouri. From Limassol bus line 70 goes to Pissouri, but not to the beach. Therefore, it is necessary to change buses in Pissouri. An alternative is to start the hike directly in Pissouri because it goes through the village anyway. You can find more information on the website Cyprus by Bus. I have marked the bus stops on the map.
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My hike over the steep cliffs of Cape Aspro
I park my rental car and the empty parking lot on the beach of Pissouri, put on my hiking boots and head towards the coast. It is early in the morning when I start my hike. The rising sun shines warm soft light on the deserted beach. Only the sound of the waves and the singing of the birds interrupts the morning silence. I pause briefly and enjoy this scene, then keep to the right and quickly find myself on a signposted hiking trail: The Cape Aspro Trail.
At the outer end of Pissouri Bay there are several beautiful viewpoints. The narrow trail now often divides and then rejoins. A path leads down to a stony beach. Shortly after, the trail climbs steeply. Often it is not obvious what the correct hiking path is. Therefore, I often get off the path, but in the end, I reach the cape of Pissouri Bay.
The white cliffs of Pissouri
At the cape, I realize for the first time what else awaits me on this hike. Behind me the magnificent view of the picturesque Pissouri Bay, but in front of me rise the mighty rocks of the cape. I am standing on the precipice. Thirty meters below me, the waves of the Mediterranean crash onto the gigantic cliffs. In the distance are cliffs that rise more than 200 meters into the air. Is that where the hiking trail is supposed to take me?! This is going to be an adventure!
I continue uphill. The narrow path is stony and dry. To my right is a gentle gorge with many shrubs and other plants. On the left side, the white cliffs plunge deep down into the sea. A head for heights and surefootedness is a must on the Cape Aspro Trail!
The hiking trail leads a bit back inland. Only small shrubs grow on the dry ground. But suddenly some olive trees appear. Every now and then a gecko runs across the path and hides in one of the holes in the ground. The main thing is that the Cyprus native Levant Otter, the largest poisonous snake in Europe, stays in its hiding places.
Short Facts for your Trip
For hiking at Cape Aspro, I recommend you to travel between March and May or between September and November. In summer it is too hot for that. I did the hike in November and could hardly stand the heat. Another advantage is that there are few tourists in the off season. I did not meet one person on my route.
Goats, fishing boats and Cyprus’ viewpoints
I have left Pissouri Bay behind me and pass a run-down farm with an empty goat enclosure. A few kilometers further on, a free-roaming herd of goats crosses my path. Two goats stop, look curiously, and suddenly run toward me. I quickly prepare to defend myself, but then decide to take a few quick steps in the direction of the two goats. They abruptly take another direction and stop their “attack”.
The trail runs along the high cliffs and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Fishing boats deep below me seem tiny. The dynamic water laps against the steep coastline, but from up here I look down on a quiet wave pattern that radiates calm and harmony. The blue tones of the sea and the sky blend together on the horizon, which lies far away in front of me. It seems that I can see to the end of the world. A flock of birds flies by in the distance. Up here, the worries of everyday life are forgotten, life is tangibly alive, freedom is boundless. A moment for eternity.
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The highest elevation at Cape Aspro
Soon I reach the highest point of Cape Aspro. At 220 meters above sea level, I have an indescribable view of the steep coast of Cyprus. My gaze falls on my feet and continues to wander towards the abyss. Dizzying, because directly in front of me the rugged cliffs plunge into the depths. A fascinating, but also oppressive feeling spreads and the renewed realization of the superiority of nature.
The coastal high trail runs directly over the narrow paths of the peaks. On each elevation I get a different perspective on the coast. I feel like I’m hiking over a mountain ridge. It goes downward. Often, I lose the orientation and leave unintentionally the hiking trail. Suddenly erected cairns help with the navigation. I build some cairns myself and reach a beach after a challenging descent.
The remote beach at Cape Aspro
The sound of the waves is only drowned out by the sound of stones rubbing against each other as I walk along the beach. It seems as if someone had cut a swath through the steep limestone cliffs and left behind this lonely bay. The landscape of the idyllic bay is disturbed only by the plastic garbage between the stones, which was washed up by the sea. Probably only a few people end up here. In fact, I did not meet a single person on my hike.
Circular hike to Pissouri
There are two options for continuing the hike. Either you turn around and hike back the same way over the cliffs (total 10 km). Or you can do a circular hike via the Genesis Aphrodite’s Trail and the village of Pissouri (total 12.3 km).
I decide for the round trip and find only with difficulty the hiking trail from the beach uphill inland. There is no signage and often I am not sure if I am right. The trail is very steep at the beginning and runs along a dry river. Moreover, the path is brittle and often exposed. In addition, I often have to change sides and jump over the ditch. Bushes block the way. 200 vertical meters uphill without shade in the blazing sun. The route is challenging and should only be taken by sporty people.
Genesis Aphrodite’s Trail
At the summit, a magnificent view of the Cape Aspro awaits me. On the opposite side, I look down on the barren peaks of the interior. I am on the Genesis Aphrodite’s Trail, which leads from Pissouri to Prolimnos Beach. The road is stony and monotonous. There are green bushes along the way, the only contrast to the dusty limestone. In the distance tower the mountains of Cyprus, on the other side lie the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea.
The trail runs across the Trachonas Plateau and is therefore flat. More and more olive trees appear along the way. I take a rest in the shade of a large tree and watch the free-roaming horses and goats that run around in this area. Finally, I even reach a small section of forest, behind which the entrance to Pissouri awaits me. Here is a small parking lot if you prefer to start the route from there.
Hike from Pissouri to Pissouri beach
The section through the town of Pissouri is not particularly spectacular. At the edge of a quarter with small villas I reach a stony path. This leads over 2 kilometers downhill back towards the beach. The track promises an unobstructed view of the landscape. Accordingly, you get great views of Pissouri Bay here. I can see the beach clearly from up here and am happy to finally jump into the sea at the end of my hike. Only the last part, which unfortunately runs 500 meters along an asphalt road, separates me from the jump into the cool water. Finally done!
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Conclusion on the coastal hike at Cape Aspro
I really liked the route overall. The sea, cliffs and landscapes are really unique and breathtaking. Those who appreciate wild nature will love this hike. The path over the cliffs of Cape Aspro is a highlight in itself. Although the hike does not require you to overcome great differences in altitude, it is still very strenuous. In addition to good physical condition, high concentration is essential. The paths are narrow, stony, unsecured, and sometimes run directly along the precipice. Surefootedness and a head for heights are a must on the Cape Aspro Trail. Nevertheless, no relevant hiking experience is needed to master it, but respect for heights should be present. Also, don’t underestimate the sun and heat, as there is no shade anywhere. Don’t be as unprepared as I was and take enough to drink and protect yourself with a headgear. The circular hike is 12.3 kilometers long and takes about 4 to 5 hours. However, it can be shortened by walking the same distance back at the lonely beach (10 km). I went to Cape Aspro in November, in the low season. It was sunny and still around 24 degrees. The sea was warm enough for swimming. I did not meet a single person, but I can also imagine that in high summer there is not much going on on this hiking trail. Thereby I can only recommend planning this attraction during your Cyprus trip. For me, Cape Aspro was an absolute highlight.
Hotels and accommodation in Pissouri Bay
The best starting point for the hike is the beach in Pissouri. There are many hotels there, but they focus on package tourists. Nevertheless, it is possible to find suitable accommodation directly on the beach. More and especially cheaper accommodation is available in the village of Pissouri* northwest of the bay. I also stayed there and had a great view of Cyprus’ sea.
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