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Akamas Peninsula

The Akamas Peninsula occupies the north-west corner of Cyprus. It is an extensive, almost pristine coastal area bounded by the coastline starting from the Baths of Aphrodite through Cape Arnaoutis and ends in Agios Georgios Pegeia. Inland it is bounded by the villages of Pegeia, Kathikas, Arodes, Inia, Drouseia, Antrolykou and Neo Chorio and it covers an area of about 17,000 hectares, of which 7,000 are state forests.

Akamas is uniquely beautiful with rich biodiversity, impressive geological formations, pristine beaches and a rich historical and cultural tradition, satisfying the interests of the most demanding visitors for hiking, biking, nature study, photography, swimming, diving e.t.c..

The Akamas Peninsula is part of the NATURA 2000 European network of protected areas as a unique biotope with a rich and rare flora and fauna.

Geology

The rocks that we find in Akamas represent almost all the geological formations encountered in other areas of Cyprus. Rocks of the Troodos Ophiolite Complex form the backbone of the Akamas Peninsula with sporadic surface appearances of mostly diabasic and plutonic rocks and serpentinites.

Scattered rocks of the Mamonia Complex are evident in the Akamas landscape creating unique geological formations such as the impressive rocks of quartz sandstone at Drouseia and Inia. We can also find clays belonging to the Mamonia complex and autochthonous sediments of chalks and marls of the Lefkara and Pachna formations. Erosion of sedimentary rocks has created many gorges with Avakas being the most impressive.

The coastline of Akamas is dominated by calcitic sandstones (Aiolianites) formed during the glacial period in the last 100,000 years. Very characteristic here are the raised marine terraces. Each ledge represents an old coastline formed by the action of waves and raised as a result of lifting of Cyprus.

The complex geology along the coastline of Akamas has created a multitude of small and large bays, beautiful sandy beaches, dunes, cliffs, sea caves and islets.

Amongst the islands of the Akamas is Geronisos (Agios Georgios, Pegeia), the second largest island of Cyprus.

Flora

Forests of pine (Pinus brutia) and juniper (Juniperus phoenicea) dominate the vegetation, but we also find a multitude of other habitats such as:
Scrub with lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus), wild olive (Olea europaea) and carob (Ceratonia siliqua). Spiny scrub with Genista fasselata. Phrygana with Sarcopoterium spinosum and thyme (Thymbra capitata).
Streams and springs with oleander (Nerium oleander) and other hydrophilic vegetation. Stands of native cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). Pastures with annual plants and bulbs.

Sand dunes, rocky shores and sandy or pebble beaches with coastal vegetation. All these habitats alternate in the Akamas landscape and give it great ecological and aesthetic value. More than 600 species of plants have been recorded in the Akamas peninsula. The famous Persian cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) forms large colonies in the coastal zone. It flowers in winter and spring and manages to survive even in the smallest rock crevices. Rarer in the Akamas is the endemic Cyprus cyclamen (Cyclamen cyprium) that flowers in autumn in shady places. The Cyprus cyclamen has been declared as the national plant of Cyprus.
Many typical species of coastal vegetation thrive on the beaches of Akamas, such as the famous sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum), the rare endemic cypriot poppy (Papaver cyprium) and the common species Euphorbia peplis, Centaurea aegialophila and Matthiola tricuspidata.

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Some of them are Crocus veneris, Gladiolus triphyllus and Centaurea cyprensis, which occurs only in the Akamas and the Limassol forest. Bosea cypria, a special endemic also occurs here. There are only 3 Bosea species in the world, the other two being found in the Canaries and the Himalayas. Thirty-five of the plants of the Akamas are very rare and are included in the Red Book of the Flora of Cyprus, which lists the rare and endangered plant species of Cyprus.

Amongst them is the near endemic Euphorbia thompsonii, which is only found in Cyprus and southern Turkey. The entire known population of this plant in Cyprus is found in the Akamas, near the villages of Arodes, Kathikas and Pegeia.

Two of the rarest plants in the world are the Akamas endemics Akamas tulip (Tulipa akamasica) and Akamas centaurea (Centaurea akamantis) Centaurea akamantis is found in only three Akamas gorges.
The entire world population consists of no more than 800 plants and is found only on vertical cliffs in the Avakas gorge and two other nearby small gorges.

The Akamas tulip (Tulipa akamasica) has recently been discovered in a small area of the Akamas. It is a rare plant with a world population of about 200 plants found only in Akamas peninsula.
The Akamas tulip and the Cyprus tulip, the second endemic tulip of Cyprus, are two real gems of the Acamas peninsula. Tulipa cypria is not as rare as Tulipa akamasica, since it has been found in other areas of Cyprus. But it is still quite rare and is included in the Red Book of the Flora of Cyprus.
In the Akamas Tulipa cypria is found only in areas close to Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Castle of Regina) and its population is approximately 2000 plants.
Akamas also hosts a large number of orchids species. Of the forty-six species of Cypriot orchids so far thirty-four species are known to occur in the Akamas peninsula.
It is noteworthy that 17 species of orchids belonging to the genus Ophrys, known as bee orchids (orchids that mimic wild bees to attract their pollinator) occur here.

Fauna

Even though all the Akamas mammals are nocturnal, whilst walking in the Akamas trails it is possible to meet two of the larger species, the fox (Vulpes vulpes indutus) or the hare (Lepus europaeus). The smaller species are very difficult to observe during the day.
The long-eared hedgehog is quite common in the Akamas and may be observed in spring and summer at night trying to cross the roads. In Cyprus, we have the Asian species Hemiechinus auritus, which has much bigger ears than hedgehogs of the genus Erinaceus found in other European countries.
Three species of mouse and two species of shrews have been recorded on the Akamas peninsula. It is very significant that the endemic spiny-mouse Acomys nesiotes also occurs here.

Many species of bats find refuge in caves in the Akamas including the Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), the largest Cypriot bat with a wing span of approximately 60 cm. It has a wide distribution range in Africa and south-western Asia. Cyprus is the only European country where it occurs. It belongs to the suborder Megachiroptera and it feeds on ripe fruit. It is a strictly protected species and is included in Annex II of the 92/43/EEC Directive after a proposal by the Republic of Cyprus. All other bats of Cyprus are much smaller and feed on insects. About 10 species are found on the Akamas. They find shelter in caves, hollows of old trees, and abandoned mines and houses.

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The Mediterranean seal (Monachus monachus) has been observed on the Akamas coastline and if you are lucky you may see it swimming near the coast. There are no reports as to whether it breeds in the area.

33 species are permanent residents, whilst around 170 are passage migrants. Of the permanent residents two stand out. Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata), the only species of eagle nesting on Cyprus, and Long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus).
The Akamas islets of Agios Georgios and Geronisos host significant resident populations of European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and Yellow-legged gull (Larus Chukkar, black francolin, wood pidgeon, rock dove, two falcon species, four owl species, three crow species and other small bird species are resident in the Akamas peninsula.
An important small bird is the Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax), which breeds only on Cyprus. Lately it has had to compete with a recent arrival, the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala).
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Many passage migrants pass through the Akamas. Flocks or individual birds such as pelicans, herons, ducks, storks and birds of prey are a usual sight in spring and autumn whilst they fly along the coast, sometimes stopping for a rest on coast rocks.

A host of smaller passage birds such as the bee-eaters (Merops apiaster), Rüppell’s warbler (Sylvia ruppeli), Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) find food and shelter on the coast or in the rich vegetation of the Akamas, so as to recuperate for their long onward journey.

Many migrant birds choose to spend the difficult winter season in the Akamas. Characteristic winter visitors are the commonly seen Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) and Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) and the very rare Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), occasionally seen on the vertical cliffs of the Avakas gorge.

Around 15 species of migratory birds breed on the Akamas, including the European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus), Cretzschmar’s bunting (Emberiza caesia), and the Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca), which breeds only on Cyprus

Reptiles

Εleven species of lizards as well as six of the eight species of snakes, two species of frog as well as one species of toad. Our biggest lizard, the Starred Agama (Laudakia stellio) is very common on the Akamas, seen perched on rocks, walls or tree-trunks.
Much rarer is the Chameleon, (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), seen on bushes. It has the ability to change its colour to blend in with his environment. In the Akamas we also encounter the Troodos Lizard (Phoenicolacerta troodica), a Cypriot endemic species found mainly in forests and maquis.
Common on beaches is the Schreiber’s Fringe-fingered Lizard (Acanthodactylus schreiberi). Its main range is Cyprus, a few areas in Southern Turkey, Israel and Lebanon.
It is included in the Red catalogue of the IUCN, where it is considered «Εndangered».
Of the six species of snakes that are found in the Akamas three are poisonous, but only the Blunt-nosed Viper (Macrovipera lebetina) is dangerous. It may attack if disturbed, so for your own safety do not approach any snake. In case of a bite seek medical help immediately (tel. 112). A common species in the Akamas is the Whip-snake (Dolichophis jugularis). It is the longest snake on Cyprus, reaching 3 meters and is not dangerous as it does not possess venom.
The commonest amphibian, found in the streams and springs is the Levant water frog (Pelophylax bedriagae).

Insects

With a bit of luck, you may see some of the most impressive species such as: The Praying Mantis (Blepharopsis mendica), found in North Africa the Middle East and Cyprus. The impressive Owlfly (Libelloides macaronius) can easily be found amongst dry vegetation in April and May. The endemic butterfly Glaucopsyche paphos is very common in areas with broom, (Genista fasselata) which is the food plant of the larvae. In contrast Apharitis acamas is a rare species, both in the Akamas as well as the rest of Cyprus.
Europe’s biggest dragonfly, the Magnificent Emperor (Anax immaculifrons) with a body-length reaching 9 cm is also found here. Its main distribution is Asia, found in small populations in Cyprus and some Greek islands. In the Akamas it may be encountered in the Avakas gorge.

Marine Environment

The most important marine environment of the Akamas area is the marine meadows Posidonia oceanica, which constitute a priority habitat according to the European Directive (92/43/EEC). Reefs along the coastline are also an important marine habitat.
Many important marine organisms such as the molluscs Tonna galea, Pinna nobilis and the common octopus
(Octopus vulgaris) are found here.
We shall also find shellfish such as the common sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus). Various species of crabs are common on the seabed and coastline of the Akamas. The ghost crab (Ocypode cursor) is common in Lara bay.
Many species of fish are common in the seas around the Akamas, such as the red mullet (Mullussurmuletus), the Mediterranean moray (Muraena helena) and the ornate wrasse (Thalassoma pavo).
The Akamas area is an important egg-laying area for the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the oggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). For this reason, it is considered as an area of prime importance and constitutes a priority area for the conservation of the marine turtles.

The coastal area Lara-Toxteftra, on the south – west side of the peninsula has been declared as an area of protection of marine life. Every year around 100 Green turtles and 300 Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the area. It is estimated that 25,000 – 30,000 small turtles are born here every year.

History & Archaeology

The name of the peninsula derives from Akamas, the Homeric hero of Athenian origin who, like many other Athenian heroes, has been linked to the establishment of cities such as Soloi in Cyprus.

Evidence that strongly suggests the historicity of the area’s connection to the age of the heroes has been traced in the west coast of Cyprus, on the Maa – Palaiokastro site, as well as in the area of Lara. A fortified settlement of a pronouncedly Mycenaean character, dated to the Late Bronze Age (12th c. BC), has been unearthed in Maa. The settlement is protected by a wall with immense courses of stone at its base, and has been characterized as cyclopean.

The remains of a defensive wall have been discovered in Lara too; its masonry, according to scholars, resembles the wall excavated in Maa. The wall in Lara also carries evidence indicative of Mycenaean architecture.

Archaeological research carried out in the area has proven that human presence in the Akamas peninsula can be dated to much earlier periods, namely the Neolithic Age, and that it becomes denser during the Chalcolithic Age. One of the most ancient sites across the entire island has been located in the Aspros area, near Agios Georgios, Pegeia, and can be dated to the Early Neolithic Age (10.000 BC).

As far as the Chalcolithic Age is concerned, the most significant finds originating from the area were discovered in a cave accidentally found in the vicinity of Neo Chorio.

During the 4th c. BC, significant historical developments take place on the island, particularly the west side of Cyprus. At the beginning of the Hellenistic Age, in the late 4th c. BC, Nea Pafos is founded, to be followed shortly afterwards, in the early 3rd c. BC, by Arsinoe in the place of the ancient city of Marion. It was perhaps during the same period that the city on cape Drepanon, in Agios Georgios, Pegeia, was founded. The existence of a small thriving city in this location is attested by the creation of necropolises with monumental tombs, like those in the Meletis location but also on the face of the rock of Agios Georgios.

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Furthermore, the existence of the sanctuary of Apollo in Yeronisos serves as further indication of the significance acquired by the area during the Hellenistic Age.

The next phase during which the area sees significant development is the Late Roman and Early Byzantine period. A dense road network is constructed, part of the network built by the Romans on the island in order to accommodate the ever increasing number of settlements in the area. New settlements are founded, perhaps on the ruins of earlier ones, their presence attested by numerous small churches – but also monastic buildings surviving to this day in the wider Akamas region.

Of course, the most significant port-settlement is situated on cape Drepanon. It owed its special strategic importance to its location, along the sea route that connected Alexandria to Constantinople, and to the fact that it served as important replenishment station for vessels carrying consignments of wheat to the capital. The settlement thrived during the 6th c., as evidenced by the impressive
basilicas erected at the time, adorned with marble imported from Prokonissos and with mosaic floors of exceptional art.
On the hill of Agios Georgios, a large building complex has been unearthed, comprising of a threeaisled basilica and a baptistery, with a second basilica and a basin to the north. Lastly, on the hillside, where the settlement would fan out facing the sea, a third basilica was excavated.

One of the most significant rural settlements in the region is situated on the Agios Konon site, near the southern coast of the peninsula. The settlement is dated between the Hellenistic to the Medieval period. During the 6th c., a basilica was erected at the centre of the settlement which, by the standards of the time, does not lack in glory, obviously under the influence of the churches built during the same period in Agios Georgios.
The settlement was temporarily abandoned, perhaps during the period of the Arab raids. The area was re-inhabited again during the 10th c. and it is during this period that the churches of St George and St Konon, which survive to this day, were built. The small bays in Akamas coast would serve as anchorages and perhaps the shores would be approached by vessels engaged in small-scale coastal commerce at the service of the settlements, as evidenced by finds of amphoras in the sea area in Kioni, not far from Agios Konon.

Another archaeological site of note is that in Agios  Nikolaos, on the northern side of the peninsula.
The Byzantine settlement with the ruins of St Nicholas church, dated to the 15th c., was probably built on the site of an earlier settlement, as attested by a stone quarry of the Roman age which would provide a significant source of income for the residents of the area.

Several small churches are built in the peninsula during the Byzantine period, perhaps related to the settlements, such as St Minas in Neo Chorio (10th c.) and St James (Iacovos) in Ineia (11th c.). Also built are small monastic complexes such as the one in the «Pyrgos tis Rigainas» site, dated to the 12th c. AD. Lastly, in Agios Georgios, Pegeia, a site of pilgrimage dedicated to St George was developed around the small homonymous medieval church, erected during the 13th/14th c.

Akamas Villages – People

The area of Akamas includes part of the Municipality of Pegeia and the villages of Kathikas, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, Ineia, Drouseia, Fasli, Androlikou and Neo Chorio.
The villages of Akamas host traditional settlements. In terms of population size, Kathikas, Ineia, Drouseia and Neo Chorio are the largest.
In spite of modern development, the villages of Akamas preserve several elements of their history and their traditional art and architecture – elements the visitor can discern by strolling along their narrow streets.
In spite of their modern lifestyle, the residents of Akamas adhere to several elements of the traditional way of life and observe many of the customs and mores of the Cypriot tradition.

They mainly work in agriculture and livestock farming.
The area’s main crops are vines, cereals, olives, carobs and almond trees. The rugged terrain, variety of rock types in the area and the need to create agricultural land have yielded a diverse, picturesque landscape of either small or big terraces, crops, and properties demarcated by dry-stone walling.

Several contemporary services are in offer in the villages of Akamas, i.e. hotels, hotel apartments, restaurants and colourful coffee-shops which in combination with the residents’ time-honoured hospitality, are bound to offer you an unforgettable day’s visit or stay in Akamas

Trails

Trail signage and infrastructure At each starting point, there is usually a kiosk with a map that shows the route and the main characteristics of the area, as well as text with general information about the trail, rules of conduct and possible dangers for hikers (e.g. cliffs, river crossings).
Along the route you will find signs with information about plants, rock formations, the forest ecology, historical and cultural features, as well as direction signs and positioning signs (e.g. trail length covered, altitude, location and others).
In addition to these signs, many trails also have infrastructure that aims to serve hikers, such as rubbish bins (at the starting and ending points) and wooden benches (seats), mainly in shady areas or areas with nice views. Where possible, fallen logs and natural stones are exploited, if their shape and size allows it.
On some trails, you will also encounter viewpoints adjacent to the route, where the ground has been smoothed out, short connecting paths, benches and, in some cases, kiosks to protect you from the sun and the rain. Finally, where possible, drinking water fountains are available, especially on longer routes.

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Basic Hiking Equipment
The routes included in this guide are not particularly difficult or risky. Where a high degree of difficulty is indicated, i.e. a degree of difficulty of 3, this is mainly because of river crossings or uphill and downhill sections along the trail. For these reasons, we recommend that you carry some basic equipment, which is preferably small in size and weight, so you can enjoy your walk safely and comfortably.
The suggested clothing includes hiking shoes (the most important element for a successful hike), light clothing that covers the entire body, a hat and sunglasses.
During the winter months, take a waterproof-windproof jacket, gloves and wooly hat.
It might be useful to carry a small backpack to keep a canteen with drinking water, a pocket knife and a whistle, whereas for the most difficult trails, a walking stick will provide support and balance and will ease your hike. A small first aid kit, a flashlight, dry food, a map, a compass and extra clothing are optional items that you could carry with you. Do not exaggerate though! For your own comfort, it is best to travel light.
Finally, we recommend that you always have a mobile phone with you. In case of an emergency or accident, call the emergency number 112, and in case of fire call 1407.

Hiking code of conduct
– Remain within the marked trail routes, so as to minimise the risk of stepping over small plants and saplings.
– Avoid smoking or eating when you are on the nature trails.
– Do not make unnecessary noise. Respect other visitors and enjoy the sounds of nature.
– Place your rubbish in the designated rubbish bins or, preferably, take it with you.
– Use the designated camping areas that provide amenities to visitors.
– Avoid cutting tree or shrub branches, cutting or uprooting plants, or carving tree barks.
– It is forbidden to ride motorcycles or bicycles on the trails.
– It is strictly forbidden to light fires anywhere inside the forest, or even on streets and squares. At picnic sites, lighting fires is permitted ONLY at designated points.
– If you see fire or smoke, inform the Department of Forests by calling 1407 (24 hours, free of charge).
– Remember that we are all guests in the forest. Respect wildlife and enjoy the pleasures that it offers, responsibly.

Cycling

Cyprus’ favourable climate makes it possible to explore the region’s awe-inspiring countryside throughout the year, making it an unforgettable athletic experience for both professional and recreational mountain bikers.

For cycling enthusiasts, Pafos is the ideal destination for every type of cycling. A wide range of bicycles is available for rent, and there are various organised and tailor-made bike rides on offer, suitable for all ages and abilities. A number of local bicycle centres offer rental services, route information, guide assistance and support for organised groups.

Mountain Biking

Pafos has a natural mountain-biking environment. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain biking along with a variety of tracks, making the region a paradise for fans of the sport.

Panorama & Beautiful countryside

Pafos, Pegeia, Kathikas, Arodes, Droushia, Kathikas, Stroumpi, Polemi, Tsada, Pafos.

Challenging level. Distance 64 km.

Technical Description

The entire route is on a smooth asphalted road. The route after Pegeia to Kathika is mainly uphill, without great slopes.

The circular path formed from Kathika to Droushia, and on return to Kathika, is a relatively flat route, featuring small uphill and downhill paths.

From Kathika to Tsada there are continuously small uphill and downhill paths, while from Tsada to Pafos the route is continuously downhill.

  • Distance: 77km
  • Pavement Condition: Asphalt road
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 1260m
  • Bicycle Type: Road bike with 20 speeds

Short Description

The route starts by the Coral Bay area, one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Pafos. Very close to the starting point, you will find the renowned sea caves, featuring great views of the sea. The area is ideal for photo enthusiasts, with one of the most mesmerising sunsets over the Mediterranean.

Immediately after climbing to Kathika, you will pass through the dense pine forest before entering the vineyards of the area, home to the wonderful wine of the Laona region.

The scenic small passages above the Akamas Peninsula are always welcoming and worthy to pause for a drink, or to taste the local cuisines. The route offers panoramic views of the Akamas region and of Pafos to the north. The last downhill path of the journey leads to “Potima Bay,” an area that will certainly entice you to visit again.

Upon your return, particularly during the months of February until May, when the region is in full bloom with colours and fragrances of spring, the journey is delightful; no cyclist should miss this unique opportunity.

Nature at its best!

Route 5: Polis, Neo Chorio, Fontana Amorosa, Polis

Route of medium difficulty by mountain bike

This route is aimed at cyclists with little or no experience in mountain biking, and for visitors who enjoy sporting activities during their vacations.

The route is of medium difficulty with spectacular views of the Akamas Forest and the Mediterranean Sea.

During the route, cyclists can make some stops for rest and to capture picture-perfect photos.

Technical Description

The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without a bit of technical difficulty apart from some points between the 16th and 20th kilometre marks, where cyclists need to exercise caution on the downhill turns.

At the start, after Latchi and up to Neo Chorio Village, the slope of the road is large in most places, which makes it difficult for cyclists. After Neo Chorio Village, the route is a friendly one.

  • Distance: 36.5 km
  • Road Condition: Dirt roads route, except at the beginning and at the end where the route is asphalted.
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 590m
  • Bicycle Type: Mountain bike with good suspension

 Short Description

One of the most interesting routes of the area.

Starting with a difficult uphill at Neo Chorio Village, you will soon reach the heart of the Akama Forest at an altitude of over 400m. The view and beauty of the landscape encourages cyclists to get off their bikes and enjoy the uniqueness of the area. Once you reach the top, and before you start your descent, you will observe the most beautiful alluring waters you have ever seen.

Fontana Amorosa Beach is world-renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which, in combination with the golden sands, give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling.

Departing from Fontana Amorosa, the route is magnificent. On the one side is the sea, and on the other the green mountains and rich vegetation that spreads along the coast.

Points of interest

  • Neo Chorio Village
  • Sea Views
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite

 

 Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Protection from the sun, as most of the route is unshaded
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency, particularly after Neo Chorio Village when you are isolated in nature
  • Fontana Amorosa Beach is ideal for swimming, so take a swimsuit and a lock to secure your bike

 Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Smigies area- Picnic site
  • Neo Chorio Village
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite
Exceptional Sea caves, Spectacular views, Baths of Aphrodite

Route 6: Pegeia, Akamas, Fontana Amorosa, Polis

Route of medium to high difficulty

Described as difficult and is aimed at experienced cyclists. Due to its difficulty, cyclists must be well prepared since there are no providers for water or food throughout the route.

Technical Description

The longest part of the route is on dirt roads without much technical difficulty, except at some points between the 34th and 38th kilometre marks where cyclists must exercise extreme caution on the downhill turns.

  • Distance: 53.6 km
  • Road Condition: Dirt route, while the beginning and end is asphalted
  • Total Altitude Difference: + 720m
  • Bicycle Type: Mountain bike with good suspension

Short Description

Starting at Coral Bay, you will soon find yourself in the Akamas National Forest Park known for its unique beauty.

Along the way you will enjoy cycling along the seaside and the Sea Caves area, while a photo of the shipwreck EDRO III is an absolute must.

The route to Akamas offers the opportunity to cycle near wildlife, visit the Avakas Gorge, and enjoy cycling over mountainous terrain and wild beaches with fantastic sea views.

At Lara Beach, especially when it is hatching season, you will be able to see the unique spectacle of life offered by the turtles that populate the beach and give birth to their young.

The route slowly ascends to the highest point passing near the “Pyrgos tis Rigenas” before descending on one of the most beautiful locations of the Akamas Peninsula, and the unspoiled beach of Fontana Amorosa.

Fontana Amorosa Beach is world-renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which, in combination with the golden sands, give a wonderful spectacle and a delightful feeling.

Based on the myth associated with Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, it is at this site where the goddess met her lovers in private, far from the eyes of the world.

Leaving Fontana Amorosa, the route is enchanting. On the one side is the sea, while the other features green mountains and rich vegetation that spread along the coast.

 

Points of interest

  • Sea Caves in Pegeia
  • Avakas Gorge
  • Lara Beach, Turtles
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite

 Useful Suggestions

  • Carry sufficient bottled water and snacks
  • Protection from the sun, as most of the route is unshaded
  • Always have your mobile phone with you in the unlikely event of an emergency, particularly after Lara Beach when you are isolated in nature
  • Fontana Amorosa Beach is ideal for swimming, so take a swimsuit and a lock to secure your bike

Parking Facilities

  • Polis Chrysochous
  • Smigies area-Picnic site
  • New Chorio Village
  • Fontana Amorosa
  • Baths of Aphrodite

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