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
The flora was novel to me and was extremely varied. The plant leader was very knowledgeable and demonstrated the finer distinction very ably. Both contributed to presentation of Amphibia, reptiles and insects.
The Faros Village Hotel and the Aphrodite Beach Hotel were very good indeed and the standard of food was high. Yiannis: an inspirational enthusiast! It was a real pleasure to have someone who knew so much about the local flora. He guided and informed with great good humour and scholarship. An incredible asset to this trip. Andy Smith: an exceptionally knowledgeable ornithologist - expert at locating birds and identifying their calls. We all saw far more birdlife through his expertise. This was my first Naturetrek holiday - and a most pleasurable experience too.
I wanted to see Cyprus - the wildlife, scenery and items of cultural interest. The wildlife was well covered by the itinerary and expertise of the tour leaders, who were both excellent. All in all I enjoyed the holiday and thought it good value for money.