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June 22, 2020

Akamas

Akamas is a peninsula in Paphos at the northwest extremity of Cyprus with a region of 230 km2; a spot that you should include in your agenda while you are in Cyprus. Until the year 2000, the peninsula was utilized by the British Army and Navy for military activities and as a firing range. Today, Akamas is ensured by the European Council as a National Park and is a territory of extreme natural beauty. It bolsters a wide diversity of life including many vulnerable species, some of which are endemic to Akamas. Practically all the geological formations of Cyprus are met here, from narrow deep valleys, caves and islets to gorges, and there are more than 500 unique kinds of plants. 

Due to the mountainous nature of the peninsula, there are no streets going through its heartland. The nature trails that cross the peninsula go through unspoiled areas of extreme physical beauty.  Akamas is perfect for climbing, cycling, jumping and swimming in completely clear waters. In the most recent years, numerous people decide to do free camping.  If you want to explore the area properly it is important to get a 4×4 vehicle. 

Visitor attractions include the Baths of Aphrodite. This is the place, as per mythology, the goddess used to bathe and furthermore where she met her sweetheart Adonis. A visit to Lara beach where ocean turtles have their homes is a must. Remember that the turtle hatch between July-September so make sure not to upset them. 

The Blue Lagoon is additionally a spot not to be missed with its blue perfectly clear waters. In the event that you are up for some climbing, you should go to Avakas Gorge. The Queens Tower (Pyrgos Rigenas) at the highest point of Akamas and the Akamas Lighthouse, from where you can appreciate an amazing perspective of the Peninsula, are likewise good choices. 

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