The Akamas Peninsula is an area of soothing natural beauty in the North West of Cyprus. The 230 sq km patch of wilderness is the most exotic area in the whole of Cyprus and is unaffected by the ravages of development. The area gets its name from Akamas, the son of Theseus, who landed there after the Trojan War. It is said that Akamas also founded a city called Akamantis in the area, but it has never been found. 4VIP Tour will be more than glad to organise an excursion to this surreal site for you. Akamas also lays claim to place of birth of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, sensuality, sexual rapture and eternal youth, considering that her baths are in the vicinity.
4VIP Tour will provide a limo or sedan from your hotel to Paphos and change to a four-wheel drive vehicle there. We will drive north from Paphos to Pegia and then onto Agios Georgios, where you can have a bite at one of the many restaurants. Boat trips also operate from Paphos and 4VIP Tour will arrange one for you if you so desire in this tour in Cyprus.
Akamas is a mini-Cyprus, as almost all the geological features found across Cyprus can also be found there. The varied topography and micro-climates contribute to the large biodiversity and sheer natural beauty of the area. Boat trips sail from Latchi around the peninsula, offering picturesque views and the opportunity to see shipwrecks just off the coast of Akamas. You will see these in most tours in Cyprus. The Cyprus Government has yet to fully declare it as a National Park for tourist and local landowners reasons, although Friends of the Earth and Green Peace are lobbying hard for it.
Akamas is blessed with interesting flora and fauna and over 600 species of flora can be found on Akamas alone; 128 of these are found only in Cyprus. 168 different kinds of birds live there, as do 20 kinds of serpents, 12 different mammals and 16 kinds of butterflies, making the area a must see for naturalists. The beach at Lara Bay is known as Lara Beach and is a near-deserted sandy strip. Lara bay is an important sanctuary and breeding ground for a vulnerable species of loggerhead turtle and the rarer endangered Green Turtle, and is a popular tourist location. Lara Beach sees big waves breaking loudly on the wild white sandy beaches and is one of the places to see in Cyprus. Monk seals also dwell in the sea caves around the peninsula.
The best time to see Akamas is Spring, between early March and end April when many of the exotic flowers are in bloom and when tourists will find beautiful tulips and rare species of orchids. There are forty-five orchid species on the island including the rare Ophrys Kotschi. The autumn flowering cyclamen is also found in the area. Visitors are requested to protect and respect the environment; picking flowers is prohibited. As regards fauna, the Glaucopsyche Pafos butterfly is considered the emblem of the area. If visiting in the summer, do remember to take plenty of water along and try to catch the spectacular Mediterranean sunset.
Akamas is one of only 22 areas in Europe where much of the habitat is indigenous to the area. It has remained untouched despite previous attempts to develop it and is now part of the European Commission's Mediterranean protection program. Pine and juniper forests, maquis forests, gorges, cliffs, and sand dunes can all be found on Akamas. Nature trails criss-cross the area and are open to walkers and cyclists to explore. In fact, the area is ideal for cycling due to its numerous forest roads. Only 4-wheel drive vehicles can tackle the paths in Akamas.
Surrounded by mountains, the Avgas ridge is a popular area of the park. Here, climbers can find marked trails to explore. In the North of the park lie the Androlikou Gorge and Petratis Gorge which can be seen from the village of Androlikou. In the South, the Avakas Gorge has high sheer cliffs on both sides reaching up to 260 feet in height, the narrowest point being 10 feet wide. They then come together, leaving a tunnel through which a stream runs. The gorge, with its limestone walls, is a haven for wildlife, especially in spring, with over 160 different species of birds, animals and plants. The trail leading through the gorge is roughly 2½ kilometers long. Deep inside the gorge you will encounter rare plants and flowers, reptiles, immense cliffs and even wild mountain goats.
Smigies picnic site, 2.5 km from Neo Chorio Length: (a) short route 2.5 km Time: (a) short route 1 hour Length: (b) long route 5 km Time: (b) long route 2 hours.
Points of interest: View to the east of Polis Chrysochous Bay, Latsi, Pachyammos and Pafos Forest, and to the west Lara Bay, Tzioni, Karavopetres, etc. The long route goes past the disused magnesium mines which include a deserted kiln and then through a dense part of Akamas forest. The long rout links up with Adonis trail at the location Kefalovrysia (potable water fountain location). At their starting point both trails pass by Piana fire lookout station.
This will be unforgettable tour for anyone who loves wild nature an 4VIP Tour will do everything to help you to enjoy this trip in Cyprus!
Private car with driver for 3 hours
Cost based on 2-4 Person
Private minibus with driver for 3 hours
Cost based on 5-8 Person