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The launch of the Kyrenia Mountain Trail

Source: Cyprus44 News  
11 October 2007

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Kyrenia Mountain Trail, a wonderful new 143 mile/ 230km trail across the whole coast of Northern Cyprus, one of the last areas in the Mediterranean yet untouched by mass tourism.

The mountain trail runs along the tops of the whole range at an average of 2,000/2,500ft. Passing through miles of unspoilt nature, there is the famous wild donkey sanctuary, a profusion of bird life and in spring carpets of wild flowers and orchids. The trail also passes by three stunning Crusader Castles, a Maronite Monastery, Coptic Churches, Roman and Byzantine settlements - a complete distillation of all the different civilisations which have enjoyed Cyprus in its colourful past.

The Kyrenia Mountain Trail Association is a group of volunteers who have undertaken to create this new sustainable tourism project to promote walking and mountain biking, based on the Kyrenia Mountain Range. The trail which follows the Karpaz, Kyrenia and Besparmark mountain ranges has been way marked from ’Cape to Cape’ with over 600 way marks. The Association has created a public web site www.kyreniamountaintrail.org which provides very detailed downloadable maps, profiles and GPS coordinates plus links to all providers of activities on this remarkable trail.

We believe that this is a first in terms of Eco Tourism and our aim is to make a difference and benefit poor local communities with quality tourism in a way that general tourism usually doesn’t. Village bread making, olive pressing, donkey rides all contribute to making a fascinating area even more interesting.

The Romans called this area ‘Heaven on Earth’ - we would love to share it with you.

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