Sun, sea, sand and...trad!
Aphrodite's island of love is better known for the infamous resort of Ayia Napa, strange squeaky cheese and dodgy brandy, and much less as a climbing destination. But for the last 30 years the climbing scene has grown, quietly at first but more recently with increasing pace. In the west there are compact sandstone and limestone sports crags, but in the east there is trad.
The golden-grey limestone crags around the coast between Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Protaras jut out into the sea dramatically and have the blue of the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Here you will find over 230 trad routes of most grades, but especially those in the low to mid range, and with British grades at that! The climbing here will grow on you, especially as the crags are not crowded but are easily accessible. Add to that the convenience of nearby Larnaca Airport and the plentiful and cheap accommodation in the tourist traps and you have a fantastic destination.
Cyprus is a great winter venue when the resorts are quiet and weather cool and temperate, but it is possible to climb here all year round. Try it, it will grow on you, and you will be back time and time again. Now, where is my sun cream?
FORMAT - This is not a ROCKFAX publication. It has been produced by Mat Dowsett and is in a simple A4 page format. It has colour photo-topos with route lines and boulder location maps, and also contains logistics information about the area.