Cyprus - Birds PLUS
Delights of spring migration 'twixt Europe & Africa
21 - 28 March 2020
4 - 7
£1,695 (land only) + sgl. sup
Enjoy Cyprus's endemic birds, with spring migration in full swing over the Eastern Mediterranean.
Home to Cretzschamar's bunting, black francolin & zitting cisticola
and three endemics: Cyprus scops owl, Cyprus warbler & Cyprus wheatear.
Join Giorgos Spiridakis on this custom-designed tour of his home patch.
Giorgos has spent his career guiding birders in the northern Greek wonderlands of Kerkini, Dadia and Evros. But as he's Cyrpus born and bred we gave him a blank piece of paper and said, "fancy designing a tour of your favourite places - known and secret"?
The island's not just fantastic for birds of course, and Giorgos has picked some of his favourite places for long lunches, where he'll be able to tell you about life on the island whilst you stroll around some of its old villages and historical sites.
We only run tours for small groups of four to seven, allowing for a relaxed feel throughout.
Arrival in Paphos
Paphos & Surrounds
Larnaca Salt Lake
Departure - Paphos (or Larnaca)
Yiorgos on the NW coast - Photo: Y. Theodoropoulos
Birds & Wildlife
Residents like the spur-winged lapwing
Rollers and other passage migrants
SE European highlights: Masked shrike
The colour changing Starred agama lizard
Spring wildflowers in full bloom
Explore the Paphos coastline
Mediterranean scrubland & valleys
Remnants of traditional farmland
Two large and shallow salt lakes
UNESCO Paphos Ruins & Mosaics
Monastery of Panaghia of Sinti
Tekke of Hala Sultan
Hillside villages (where Giorgos grew up!)
Seafood, home cooking and good wines
We stroll by at a rambling pace, with plenty of time for relaxed lunches and Cyprus's non-feathered gems.
In the arid surrounds of SE Europe, the island's numerous salt lakes and wetlands are a boon for birds.
A mountainous island in the middle of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is perfectly placed for spring migration.
Below are the main sites that we visit.
And for a print-friendly itinerary, here
Day 1 – Arrival in Paphos
Meet Giorgos at Pafos airport (Larnaca option - see FAQs).
Travel to the guesthouse (out in the countryside) and then birding at nearby areas for the rest of the day.
Paphos for four nights
Days 2-4: Paphos & Surrounds
Some of the most interesting birding and wildlife spots along with areas with traditional farming and agriculture practices.
Archaeological sites (Paphos lighthouse mosaics) and old monasteries (Panagia tou Sinti), abandoned villages.
Day 5: Akrotiri
Visit the Akrotiri peninsula with the largest salt lake of the island and the different habitats it combines. We’ ll visit also the information centre of the area.
Overnight in Larnaca for three nights
Day 6: Larnaca Salt Lake
Visit Larnaca area (salt lake and coastline)
Lake of Oroklini
Hala Sultan Tekke
Day 7: Kavo Greko
Kavo Greko peninsula and information center
Day 8 – Departure - Paphos (or Larnaca)
Early morning birding before returning to Paphos for afternoon flights.
ALTERNATIVELY, you could stay in Larnaca and either fly home or extend your stay. See OPTIONS
Great spotted cuckoo
Cyprus pied wheatear
How best to describe a Birds PLUS tour?
It’s a ramble with a small group through the Cypriot landscape. This means that everyone sits together for meals and you have the opportunity to properly chat with everyone along the way.
Our Birds PLUS tours have a more relaxed pace and sometimes we'd rather just relax in a spot, take it in and come what may. People have lived on Cyprus for millennia too, so Giorgos will show you a little of his island's history. He's selected outdoor sites, so there's no restriction on nature spotting - the tour is still focused on birds and Giorgos is a local, expert birder. Whether it's the Cyprus warbler or the Paphos mosaics, each day is packed full of new experiences, ready for friendly conversation over good food in the evenings.
Important note: if you're looking for a dedicated birding tour and maximising time in the field from dusk to dawn, then we'd be happy to customise this itinerary for individuals and groups. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.
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In and out of Paphos, but with an option for Larnaca