Cyprus has numerous national parks and nature reserves, which can range from fairly small semi-urban parks with picnic areas, children’s playgrounds and a few paths, to large areas of countryside with extensive marked trails.
Troodos National Forest Park
Covering 9147 hectares of the Troodos Mountains this is Cyprus’s most visited national park, with four separate nature reserves, nine picnic sites, three campsites and ten nature trails covering over 57km.
In Cyprus’s northwest corner, the Akamas Peninsula is one of the island’s most remote areas which can be accessed only on foot or via mountain bike, trail bike or 4WD. Once dominated by a British Army firing range it is now something of a haven for wildlife.
Petra tou Romiou National Forest Park
Home to one of Cyprus’s most photogenic beaches, said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Petra tou Romiou National Forest Park covers 350 hectares of woodland and coast 10km outside Pafos.
Macheras National Forest Park
This is the Troodos Park’s little brother, covering 111,000 acres at the eastern end of the Troodos range, and notable for being empty, unspoilt and heavily forested.
North Cyprus has just one national park: the Karpaz Peninsula, the long tapering strip of land that heads northeast towards Asia Minor. Around 80km long but just 20km wide at the base, it has a very low population density (though its roads are manageable), and is famously home to feral donkeys.