Akamas Peninsula National Park in Cyprus

Akamas peninsula is the biggest national park of Cyprus. The peninsula is an unspoiled area, with unique flora and fauna. There are many deserted little sandy beaches waiting for you to discover, wonderful sandy beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs,  and a unique gorge waiting for you to discover and walk!

Akamas peninsula

Location of Akamas National Park

Akamas peninsula is the far western point of Cyprus, ending at Cape Arnaoutis, the distinctive "snout" of Cyprus to the west. Its boundaries to the south are Peyia and Agios Georgios Peyias, while to the north ends at the outskirts of Polis Chrysochous.

The peninsula covers an area of about 230 square km and it is totally uninhabited, with unsurfaced roads which many times are rough or very rough, only accessible with Jeep-style, four-wheel drive vehicles.

If you just want to enter the Akamas area, however, up to Lara Bay or even further down, any vehicle would do. Many car hire companies do not allow their customers to do this, but, still, the area is full of saloon-type hired (and privately owned as well) cars between you and me :-)

As this is a wilderness, Akamas peninsula is not suited for people who do not like exploring nature, after all this is all you can do here. If you do like this, however, the Akamas peninsula is a paradise and can keep you busy for days.

 

 

A few things to consider, for everyone who plans to visit the Akamas peninsula:

  • Take with you water and snacks if you plan to stay for long in the national park. There is no place to buy them once you enter the area.
  • If you visit the turtles nesting beaches, please do your best not to disturb them. The Fishery State Department does its best to find and mark every nest, they are protected with an iron cage and a warning sign. If you see this, then please do not approach, and, of course, under no circumstances touch the turtles nest.
  • Please do not leave garbage behind.
  • There are many snakes in the area, so be careful.

 

Photos from Akamas

 

 

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