Where did you opt for in the end? Closest to bus stop 18 is Koukias Village. Cheap and cheerful, no frills and a nice pool. Even as far down as Morfio (back of Ratatoullie taverna) its not a huge hike back to the Y junction so nowhere is really that isolated. If you get adventurous you can walk right up to big Asselinos beach in under an hour from the Y junction. I actually walked to the end of the beach (turn right as you look at the sea) and its possible to get up the steep bank at the end (narrow goat track) and you come out on the road overlooking the beach. You can follow that road round to a small monastery and then drop down not far from the dog shelter and come out at bus stop 16. Either walk back up main road or catch a bus for 2 stops back to 18. I covered this walk in 2015 in my feedback post :
i like the sound of that walk. we are going to villa maria, i like the sound of it from Dennis's description. we will be overlapping a week. I liked the look of agnadio studios. for the seaview. Husband said no more hills! and as he grew up by the sea in wales it doesnt hold the same fascination for him.
The walk to Asselinos beach has an uphill bit early on after leaving Christakis etc behind but after that it flattens out and most of the walk is fairly quiet and flat to the beach itself. Its a steep scramble up the cliff at the end of the beach up on to the road though! I took a photo looking back down on to the beach to give some idea how much higher the road is above the beach.
We don’t mind occasional hill on a walk but not several times a day to the beach/shops/ back in evening etc Hope to hire a Jeep for a couple of days and see north and go to the dog shelter. It seems a long way off, we have usually had 2-3 weekends away by now so feeling very restless. Was browsing internet yesterday looking for weekend s November for my birthday or December husbands.
I think Asselinos from Villa Maria would be a lovely walk, but perhaps a bit too much for me unless I took all day - at least at the halfway point (Asselinos) I'd be able to do a thirst slaking thing - I like thirst slaking on a hot day! And break the journey back with evening meal at Ratatouille.
Cariad, I think you will find Villa Maria a very convenient place to stay. I love the flatfulness and the walk to the beach each morning is not at all a . The bus stop is almost close enough to run when a bus is coming (but not quite for me, I expect you'd make it, easy peasy). And when I do miss the bus, I say so what, that means the seat in the bus shelter is empty and the supermarket there sells sugar free sweeties and Fishermans Friends and he's a nice man - what more do you need?
We have a bucket list for when this virus crap is finished with. Travelodges at Merthyr Tydfil, Cockermouth, Torquay, CenterParcs Longleat, Edelweiss cafe at Cheddar, my brother's care home in Royal Leamington Spa. That's just a start. But we may need a crash course in geography - after so long in isolation at home I'll probably feel quite agoraphobic going outside the front gate!!
I'd say it's nice and flat for the majority of the walk (I wouldn't be scrambling up the cliff face to get away from the beach though, same way back as going, for me). Look at my video Troulos to Kechria and the left fork is soon after 4 minutes in. Nothing steep before that, then on a bike I think quite possibly you'd freewheel very gently all the way to the beach - almost flat, gentle slope running alongside the stream in places, stream crossing at one point - wet feet if it's deep enough and you don't try to find a way round it. The jeep route from Koukounaries is a very different matter - see my video Koukounaries to Asselinos.
I know if you head north from the south coast mid-island, it’s mountainous.
If you walk from Koukounaries to Mandraki is flat-ish.
The two are comparable, if anything I'd say its a slightly steeper walk from Kouk up through the woods to Mandraki than along the main road from Troulos Y junction to Asselinos. The Kouk walk is a bit shorter. Given time I'd usually make the Koukounaries walk into a longer circular walk by turning right after you come back off the beach and following the main road right round the peninsula and dropping back into Kouk further down the road than where you left from to go up through the trees. I've actually done it in both directions. I did the Asselinos walk so early that I had to wait for the beach taverna to open up so I could have a coffee.
A walk I did for the first time last year (as I was staying in town) was to go down where the boat repair places are by the lagoon near the airport and then walk up into the punta and walked the length of that and back again. I started in the morning and dropped in at the Punta Hotel on way back. It was very quiet and they were happy for me as a non guest to buy lunch at the poolside cafe. Great views back across the bay to the town side harbours. I chatted to the guy running the pool bar, he said he hadnt had a single day off since starting in May (think it was just into September when I did the walk). Must feel pretty isolated stuck up there with no breaks.