The Walking Trails of Cyprus – Akamas Area

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The walking trails of Cyprus - Akamas area

The walking trails of Cyprus – Akamas area

The Walking Trails of Cyprus – Akamas Area

Akamas is the Eastern most part of the three major flora zones of Europe, therefore the number of plant species found here runs up to 600 of which 35 are endemic.

The variety of fauna is also impressive: 168 bird species, 12 mammals, 20 reptiles and butterfly species of which the endemic, Glaucopsyche pafos butterfly is said to be the symbol of the area.

Akamas is situated at the Western most point of Cyprus.

According to one version, the area took its name from the Greek mythological hero Akamas, son of Theseus who came to Cyprus after the Trojan War and founded Akamantis.

Akamas was also the place where Aphrodite and Adonis had their love trysts.

It is an area of incomparable natural beauty.

Almost all the geological formations found on the island are present in the area.

Akamas is ideal for walking, cycling, swimming, diving, fishing, exploring, cruising on small craft, and bird watching.

Aphrodite Trail (Circular)

Starting point: Baths of Aphrodite.

The section between the Baths and Pyrgos tis Rigainas (the castle of Regina) is shared with the Adonis trail.

The trail follows the rising patch to the hill know as Moutti tis Sotiras (370m) and this can be quite tiring, especially in summer.

There are springs with drinking water at two points; one at Pyrgos tis Rigainas and the other at Kefalovrisia.

The length of this trail is 7.5 kms and will take approx 3 hours.

Points of Interest: The Baths of Aphrodite where, according to tradition, the Goddess of Love used to bathe.

Ruins of the Castle of Regina, which are believed to have belonged to a medieval monestery.

It is worth mentioning the huge centuries old oak tree which can be seen at the picnic site, where drinking water is also available.

Along the trail there are several points which give a view of Polis Chrysochous and the Pafos Forest.

Adonis Trail (Circular)

Starting point: Baths of Aphrodite.

Like Aphrodite Trail, the walk can be quite tiring. Two springs of drinking water can be found at Pyrgos tis Rigainas and Kefalovrisia.

The trail length is 7.5 kms and should take around 3 hours.

Points of Interest: From the Western part of the trail there is a view of various beaches of Akamas, such as Lara Bay, Tzioni, Karavopetres etc.

Smigies Trail (Circular)

Starting Point: Smigies picnic site; 2.5 kms from Neo Chorio

There are two routes – a short route of 2.5 kms which will take 1 hour and a longer route of 5 kms which takes around 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.

Pissouromouttis Trail (Circular)

Starting Point: Smigies picnic site.

Trail length 3 kms taking approx 1 ½ hours.

Points of Interest: Rich growth of Juniper Phoenicia, pistacia etc. Views of Polis Bay to the North East and beaches of Akamas to the West.

Kathikas Trail (Circular)

Starting Point: 1 km from Kathikas towards Pegeia, near “Kyparissos” restaurant.

This is a 2 km trail taking approx 1 hour.

Points of Interest: 800 metres from the starting point there is a stone built water fountain. Agia Marina chapel in the area.

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