1. Walk around Kelephos Bridge near Omodos Village
Start your tour by heading to the Krassohoria wine villages and stop at Omodos village. This is the usual meeting point (we can give travellers a free ride from Limassol, Larnaca or Nicosia). Great meeting point because it is close the the start of the walk, it is convenient and has various amenities including public restrooms. We drive to the expansive Paphos Forest for the walk. Usually we start walking from the downstream end of Play Valley. The length that we do will depend on travellers profile and preferece. Platy Valley is a serene place in Cyprus, characterised by a stream that has water all year round. We walk on a dirt road next to the stream on a linear route, returning on the same road. There is a plethora of local plant species, dominated by plane and alder trees. One can also see pines, bracken, storax, maple, even figs. In early autumn Cyclamen bloom here. As we walk maybe we will be fortunate to spot crabs walking on the road. If we are very lucky we may spot moufflon. Unfortunately we are likely to meet a few cars using this road. Depending on arrangements we either walk to or go by car to Kelephos' medieval Venetian bridge, which according to tradition is built on a camel trail. The trail was apparently used by camel caravans to transport mined material from the mines on the north side of the Troodos mountains to Paphos port. The local stream has water throughout the year. The setting is beautiful, with higher water flow during the rainy season and with more greenery in summer when the alders have their leaves and the bracken are full of life. We then drive to Omodos village, one of the largest villages of Krasochoria. For years it has been well-known for its vineyards and wine and is still today known for its prime produce. Omodos developed around the ancient monastery of the Holy Cross (connected to St. Helen’s Passage to Cyprus) and is a popular destination for visitors.