to Curium Paragliding
Hanggliding Flying Site
of the area
(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.
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.
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.
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
are actually two launch sites at Kourion that are
regularly used (see the map) for paragliding. A brief discussion
of them follows.
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.
Sand Pit: This is used when the wind becomes strong, or when
a new pilot needs a less vigorous launch breeze.
the Landing Zone
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 watch!
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 wishes.
paragliding and hang gliding pilots are welcome but we should be
grateful if you observe a few basic site rules:
must hold current and relevant licenses from their controlling
rules applies to all flyers at all times as military
helicopters, regularly use this area. (See the telephone list
Curium antiquities site is an area of National importance and a
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.
Official take off areas are shown on the map or take a look at the photo
gallery so you can recognise them easily.
try to adhere to these to minimize disruption to the local farmers
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.
you think that it is too windy to fly, it probably is - don’t
cautious of the rotor when wind speed are high, especially around
the areas marked on the map.
Akrotiri Air Traffic Control Tower
25306205 or 25-966324
Joint Operations Control Centre (JOCC) 25263081
SBA Police 25963610
In the event of emergency telephone the Episkopi
Med Centre 25963255
Limassol General Hospital 25-801100
Episkopi Fire Station 25-963211
FLY RESPONSIBLY. REMEMBER THIS IS A HIGH PROFILE SITE IN A SENSITIVE