Wildlife holidays in Cyprus
Tell me about Cyprus …
The Republic of Cyprus is a rugged, sun-drenched island at the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe.
It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Until independence in 1960, Cyprus was under British administration. The Republic of Cyprus is now divided into two parts, with the northern region occupied by Turkey.
The Troodos Mountains cover the south and central areas of the island, while the narrow Kyrenia range runs along the northern coastline. It has a gentle Mediterranean climate and in early spring, while Western Europe endures late winter gloom, Cyprus enjoys clear blue skies and warm sunshine.
Our Cyprus specialist recommends...
"I recommend ‘The Island of Cyprus’ tour to enjoy the warmth of spring whilst we search for migrating birds, wonderful orchids and other flowering plants on the Isle of Aphrodite."
What’s special about the wildlife?
North Cyprus is renowned in the botanical world for its astonishing variety of flora.
Over 300 species of bird have been recorded in Cyprus, and its bird migration can be particularly spectacular when numerous species pass through, including such rarities as Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Caspian Plover and White-breasted Kingfisher.
Naturetrek tours to Cyprus
Naturetrek offers two wildlife holidays to Cyprus focusing on the birds, flowers and culture.
What might I see?
- Hillsides cloaked in cheerful anemones, asphodels & marigolds
- Up to 30 species of orchid including the stunning endemic Cyprus Bee Orchid
- Birds & flowers of the maquis & mountains
- Glittering turquoise waters, sun-bleached rocks & characterful tavernas
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Cyprus HOLIDAYS
Very good trip; both leaders were excellent at finding and identifying the species we encountered. With their knowledge and skills I saw far more wildlife than I would have done if I'd come here on my own. The visits to Paphos and Kourion added another dimension to the trip and were very interesting to see. For my first Naturetrek holiday I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would certainly be interested in travelling with Naturetrek again.
This was my first led wildlife holiday. It exceeded my high expectations. Jenny is an expert, enthusiastic and diligent botanist - a delight to be with. Gulay was keen to deliver the best possible experiences to the group. Her driving was remarkable and she set up a meal with her family's restaurant, contriving to have the traditional bread being taken out of the traditional oven just as our group arrived - splendid!
Gulay was truly superb - she thought of everything and drove superbly.