Welcome to Curium
Description of the area
Kourion (Curium) has been the main
soaring site since the dawn of flying here. It is a short ridge located at
the end of a long line of coastal cliffs that extend from Avdimou
village eastward. This site is of archeological interest and is thus
sensitive. The Greek ruins located both at the top and bottom of the
ridge are tourist attractions, as is the beach itself, and so flying gets a
high profile here.
Kourion is reached by taking the coast
road from the village of Episkopi, west of Limassol, a short distance to
where it meets the sea. The launches may be reached if you take
the coast road up the hill and turn into the armpit launch at the top. The
LZ is the beach itself. Road signs mark the site well.
Kourion is flyable in generally
southwesterly sea breezes. When winds are southwesterly the entire ridge is
soar able and the air is very smooth, though a few thermals coming up from
the bowl may cause mild turbulence.
As the wind moves more westerly it tends
to increase in strength. (Usually the wind shifts as the sun, from east to
west). Then turbulence will increase towards the Episkopi road but you may
encounter wave toward the end of the ridge due the aerodynamics of the
cliffs to the west. This wave typically extends out over the water
perpendicular from the last third of the ridge and makes for an interesting
change (hanggliders). You will usually be able to detect definite changes
in air masses between the wave (warm, dry and smooth) and the turbulent air
(cool and moist) below. When this happens it can still be safe to launch
if your skills are good and you use the launches at the middle of the
ridge. But landing in the bowl when it gets very westerly can be difficult.
About the Launch
There are actually two launch sites
at Kourion that are regularly used (see the map) for paragliding. A brief
discussion of them follows.
Armpit: This is probably the easiest
launch and is the most often used. It is also the easiest to get to. But
this launch should not be used when the wind is westerly because of
turbulence, which can get very strong.
Lower Sand Pit: This is used
when the wind becomes strong, or when a new pilot needs a less vigorous
About the Landing Zone
The Curium LZ is the area directly out
from the sandpit launches to the beach road. We urge all pilots to land on
the ridge side of the beach road at all times. This is a busy place in the
summer. The beaches are crowded, the beach side of the road is full of cars
and those driving on the beach road always invade your approach corridor
after you are committed. They even stop right in front of you to
There is a large field off the end of the
ridge. Do not use this field as it thoroughly aggravates the people who
work the land. They have some goats and horses there and believe that the
gliders scare the daylights out of the animals. Please respect their
All paragliding and hang gliding pilots
are welcome but we should be grateful if you observe a few basic site
Flyers must hold current and relevant
licenses from their controlling national body.
The rules applies to all flyers at all
times as military helicopters, regularly use this area. (See the telephone
The Curium antiquities site is an area of
National importance and a unique treasure.
In an effort to avoid accidents which may
damage the site and the pilots, flyers asked actively to avoid flying near
any part of the antiquities site.
Take off areas
Official take off areas are shown on the
map or take a look at the photo gallery so you can recognise them easily.
Please try to adhere to these to minimize
disruption to the local farmers and shepherds.
Take great care not to get blown back.
The road, power lines and obvious rotor are real hazards, not to mention
the antiquities sites. Sea breezes can start quickly and can catch you
unaware. As a rule of thumb, at the first sign of white waves on the
sea surface please land quickly.
If you think that it is too windy to fly,
it probably is - donít take off.
cautious of the rotor when wind speed are high, especially around the areas
marked on the map.
Useful telephone numbers:
Air Traffic Control Tower 25306205 or 25-966324
Operations Control Centre (JOCC) 25263081
In the event
of emergency telephone the Episkopi
Med Centre 25963255
General Hospital 25-801100
Fire Station 25-963211
PLEASE FLY RESPONSIBLY. REMEMBER
THIS IS A HIGH PROFILE SITE IN A SENSITIVE AREA.