Cyprus, the birding island
In the same way that Minoan culture flosished in the Eastern Mediterranean islands thanks to a intense contact with the African civilizations along the Nile River, every year billions of birds use this land as a natural stopover when migrating from Africa to Europe and way back.
This ancient land, with strong links with both continental Greece and Crete, is a natural corridor for bird migration in their route to their nesting grounds in Eastern Europe and European Russia, and conforms along with the Levant Mediterranean the most interesting area for bird migration in Europe.
Along the last millenials, this island have seen passing a long list of civilizations including Minoan, Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Bizantine, Arabian, Venetian and Ottoman to name some of the main ones. All of them had to adapt to this unique terrain or especifically evolved here. In the same way, the island is home to some endemic birds that, even if closely related to similar species living in the same geographically area, have successfully adapted to the unique landscapes and conditions in Cyprus.
Despite the dramatic events that ended with the partition of the island into two sides during the second half of the XXth century, Cyprus keeps being as peaceful and welcoming as ever. The inclusion of the Southern half (Republic of Cyprus) into the European Union and the significant presence of British troops guarantee the status quo while waiting for a definitive solution to this conflict.
This relaxed tour concentrates in the Southern part of the island, where a number of salty & freshwater lagoons, forested valleys and bushed capes allow a formidable concentration of birds in migration. Main targets for us will be to connect with the endemic species and some interesting races, and to enjoy to good variety of waders, passerines and birds of prey in their way South.
VAT included in all prices.
5 nights accommodation in double rooms; flights Barcelona/Larnaca/Barcelona; breakfasts, lunches and dinners; ornithological guides; transportation along the route; entrances to natural parks and places of interest and travel insurance.
Transport to/from Barcelona, drinks except water, meals and drinks at airports, any other item not listed in the “INCLUDED” section
1 single accommodation along the route. We will enjoy accommodation with a decidedly local spirit, a hotel in a privileged location and a fabulous sparrow right around this enclave. All dinners at the accommodation.
PASSPORT, HEALTH AND METEOROLOGY
You can expect between 22ºC and 27ºC, with particularly sunny weather but also with the possibility of cloudy days and scattered showers. It is important to bring insect repellant to protect yourself from the abundant mosquitoes.
Cyprus is part of the European Union and is a signatory to the Schengen treaty. Therefore, no passport is required for any EU citizen.
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