Hike to Saint Phylonas in Rizokarpasos

Hike to Saint Phylonas in Rizokarpasos

Hike to Saint Phylonas in Rizokarpasos
Completed Event
25 February 2024 / 07:00
12 hours
Level 1
25 euros/ person

Salonica View organizes a one-day excursion and hike in the occupied Rizokarpasos of Cyprus. Come and get to know another part of this historic place by combining it with hiking and exercise. As part of our excursion, we will also visit the church of Saint Filonas. At the end of the activities, we will go to the Greek Cypriot tavern "Giannakis" for food.


A few words about Rizokarpaso:
Rizokarpaso is the easternmost village of Cyprus and is located in the area of Karpasia. It is one of the most historic villages and this is because its inhabitants, despite the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the brutality of Attila, most of them endured and stayed in their homes. This had the effect of maintaining the Greek element in the occupied territories to this day, always under the watchful eye of the conqueror.


A few words about the church of Saint Filonas:
Near the ancient port of Karpasia, about 5 kilometers north of Rizokarpasos, in a wonderful location, is the church dedicated to Saint Filonas. The church, which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, was built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica of the 4th and 5th centuries AD, which was probably destroyed by the Arab invasions. Elements are preserved from both churches. The original church was a three-aisled basilica of small dimensions, while the incorporated new church is of the inscribed cruciform type with a dome and covered the middle and south aisles of the basilica, but not its entire length. The walls of the church are built with roughly squared ashlars. Remains of a clay sarcophagus are preserved in the north aisle, which is believed to be the tomb of Saint Philon.


Hiking Features:

1) Distance – 8 kilometers (go come)
2) Altitude difference – 35 meters
3) Duration – 2 to 3 hours
4) Degree of difficulty – easy
5) Terrain – dirt road in good condition
6) Points of interest – The route starts from the temple of Saint Filonas. The fields are completely green and full of flowers and in some places, we walk parallel to the beach. There are trees such as almonds, carbs, and olives. The scenery is enchanting.


Cost of participation (per person):

25 euros (hiking, organization & transportation by bus)

** payment will be made on the bus (Ignore the automatic payment message you will receive).



The price includes:

  1. Escort and organization
  2. Transportation by bus
  3. Hiking
  4. First aid box
  5. Trainers specializing in outdoor activities

You must have with you:

  1. Good sneakers or hiking boots (if you have them)
  2. Hiking pants or leggings
  3. Fleece or jacket, gloves, scarf, hat
  4. Snack
  5. Water
  6. Backpack
  7. Waterproof jacket (required)
  8. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  9. Tissues, antiseptic
  10. Trekking Pole (optional)
  11. Camera (optional)
  12. ID card

Note 1. When you click to book, state in the message where you will take the bus from.


Note 2. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.


Note 3. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if the weather conditions do not allow the event to occur again, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the event date, the money is not returned.


Note 4. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos otherwise, as you inform us.


07:00 – Departure from Nicosia (Cypriot Handicrafts Center)

07:30 – Departure from Pascal Larnaca (Rizoelia roundabout)

08:00 - Arrival in Pyla

09:15 - Arrival in Bogazi for rest and coffee

11:15 - Arrival at Rizokarpaso

11:30 - Start of hiking

13:45 - End of hike

14:15 - Food at the Greek Cypriot tavern "GIANNAKIS RESTAURANT"

15:30 – Boarding the bus for return

17:30 - Estimated time of arrival in Pyla

18:15 - Estimated time of arrival at Pascal Larnaca

19:00 – Estimated time of arrival in Nicosia

*** ATTENTION: the return time may vary depending on the group.


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