Akamas Peninsula National Park

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View from Akamas to Polis View from Akamas to Polis
Kirstin van der Laan - 2015
Akamas National Park - Avakas Gorge Akamas National Park - Avakas Gorge
Akamas purple wild orchid Akamas purple wild orchid
Lara beach sea turtles Lara beach sea turtles
Akamas - Shoreline on northern side of the island Akamas - Shoreline on northern side of the island
Akamas baby turtle just born Akamas baby turtle just born
Akamas small stream and amazing flower Akamas small stream and amazing flower
Akamas is home to wide range of plants Akamas is home to wide range of plants
View from Akamas to Polis
Akamas National Park - Avakas Gorge
Akamas purple wild orchid
Lara beach sea turtles
Akamas - Shoreline on northern side of the island
Akamas baby turtle just born
Akamas small stream and amazing flower
Akamas is home to wide range of plants

Akamas Peninsula, named after an Athenian warrior, is one of the greatest areas in Cyprus for its unique and great natural beauty that is untouched by development. It covers about 230 square kilometers on the northwest tip of the island. The National Park reveals breathtaking beauty of nature in terms of geography, geology and precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna is impressive - rare plants, flowers, butterflies, foxes, reptiles, migratory birds, seals and turtles find a home in, every sense of the word - the unique peninsula of Akamas.

The unspoiled Akamas beaches are very crucial part of the area since it is one of the few important sea turtle nesting places in Mediterranean. The Loggerhead Turtle and, even rarer, Green Turtle depend on this protected area for its survival in the region. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature - these species are endangered. Should you visit the place, do not disturb or destroy any of the species in their natural haven in any way. Be respectful of nature's creations!

Many areas are officially protected. Camping is prohibited in this area, however, there are several walking trails across the peninsula established and safari jeep tours can be booked in advance. It is a perfect place for cycling with its numerous forest paths, especially in autumn months when the temperatures lower. Springtime (March-April) is the best time to explore a huge variety of flowers and other plants. 

Please remember!

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
Osho
  • Respect the environment!
  • This area is officially protected!
  • Camping is prohibited!
  • Picking any of the flowers is prohibited!
  • Disturbing or harming animals is strongly prohibited!
  • Do not litter!
  • When planning a hike or cycling trip, make sure you provide enough supplies for the adventure, such as water and snacks!
  • Try to avoid walking and cycling in the open sun during the peak of the summer - July/August!

Suggested places to visit

  • Avakas Gorge
  • Lara Bay
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Baths of Aphrodite

Facts

Cyprus
20 Apr 2015
In short
The Akamas Peninsula is a Cyprus National Park located in the north-west part of the island, between towns of Pegeia and Polis. Next to its natural beauty and the huge variety of flora and fauna, other sites of interest include the Baths of Aphrodite 'where the goddess used to bathe' and the turtle nesting place.

Coordinates

Akamas Peninsula National Park
Lat: 35.042961000, Long: 32.299523000
Baths of Aphrodite
Lat: 35.056359000, Long: 32.344519000
Lara Bay
Lat: 34.957097000, Long: 32.309578000
Avakas Gorge
Lat: 34.920650000, Long: 32.337731000

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