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Akamas Peninsula

The Akamas Peninsula takes the north-west of Pafos and is a vast expanse of wilderness, with remarkably diverse features in wildlife, vegetation, geology, beautiful landscapes and coasts and a rich historical and cultural heritage.

The coastline is especially protected area, rich in wildlife and animals that you won't see anywhere else on the island. The Akamas peninsula has been declared a National Park, so that any modern development is prohibited.
The park protects one of the most important habitats for several species of fauna and flora unique in the Mediterranean, including 33 endemic flowers.
It is part of the environmental consciousness of the Cypriot people and remains unaltered as it was for centuries. Only recently, organized "Safaris" with qualified guides can take you deep inside the area for a few hours of unforgettable experiences.

This beautiful environment was chosen by Aphrodite as a meeting place with her lover Adonis. Exploring Avakas gorge, a walking distance of three kilometers, is a breath-taking challenging experience. Its sharp cut cliffs and wild scenery cause not only fear but also admiration. The bay of Lara is the last remaining breeding ground of the green turtles in the Mediterranean. The authorities provide the green turtles with a safe place to lay their eggs. Lara Bay (Turtle Bay) and Fontana Amorosa Bay are unique sandy beaches of beauty and tranquility.

For those who prefer walking, there are three nature trails in Akamas. Aphrodite trail starts from the Baths of Aphrodite to the tower of Rigena and back along the coast.  Adonis trail starts again from the Baths of Aphrodite to the tower of Rigena and back to the main road Polis-Baths via a southern route. Smigies trail starts from the Smigies picnic site, 2 km west from Neo Chorio and ends up at the same point. The walking distance varies from 2-4 hours. Along the trails wooden signs guide walkers.

The area has a long Hellenistic history, dating back to 3000 years ago. The ruins of "Pyrgos tis Rigenas" (the Tower of the Queen) are located in a magnificent glade with a giant oak tree and a gentle spring. According to an ancient legend the area was the shelter where Aphrodite, the goddess of love rested after she had taken her bath.
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