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Hiking, trekking and climbing: As strong as a rock

For such a compact island, Cyprus boasts a huge variety of natural terrain. This, coupled with its ideal climate, makes it the perfect place for adventure seekers looking to engage in sports that some would regard as a little more extreme.
Parachuting, hang-gliding and all manner of adrenaline-fuelled activities are already well-established here. Also growing in popularity are such thrilling pursuits as mountain boarding, kite surfing and sky-diving.
The natural beauty and variety of the Cyprus countryside makes it the perfect place to head out on foot. For many years, rock climbing was one of Cyprus’ best kept secrets, but this fun and physically challenging pastime is now proving a major hit and a growing number of bolted sport climbing routes can now be found across the island. Plus, in further good news for those with a head for heights, the mild climate means that you can climb year-round, unlike other parts of Europe where this already challenging sport is at the mercy of the weather.
“The wide variety of rock climbing opportunities that are available across Cyprus will appeal to climbers of all standards and preferences”, commented George Andreou  who is the first Cypriot to climb Mount Everest and Vice Chairman of the Cyprus Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation.
Climbing in Cyprus offers a unique variety of over 300 recorded routes, both traditional and sport. There are 4 main climbing areas with a mixture of limestone and sandstone rock type: Cape Greko: located in the far south east side of the island consisting of soft limestone, offering a great number of traditional climbing routes right next to the sea. Drousheia: with a wealth of sports, traditional and bouldering routes. Diarizos: a hard limestone area located between Limassol and Paphos offering the best sports routes on the island with various levels of difficulty. Troodos: offering a great number of traditional and sport routes, some reaching up to 150 metres.

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