The beautiful Mediterranean island is not only a heaven for relaxing holidays on the beach or the land of varied Cyprus real estate options, but also a place of unique nature spots. The Akamas National Park is the best place to explore some of them. There you can not only discover the amazing Cyprus flora and fauna, but you also relax on the beautiful beaches, swim, snorkel, and take hundreds of photographs to remind you of the wonderful experience. Learn more about why Akamas is so amazing, what to see in the park and how to get there.
What to see and do in Akamas National Park?
The first reason to include the Akamas Peninsula in your Cyprus holiday itinerary is the opportunity to admire unspoilt nature. The 230 km2 nature reserve has hundreds of unique plants that are only endemic to this area, such as the strawberry tree or the huge orchids and the pink-purple peonies. The same situation applies to fauna: the island is home to the rare Vultura griffins, the symbols of Cyprus, the mouflon, and 16 species of butterflies of exceptional beauty. Learn more about the unique flora and fauna of Cyprus in this article. This is only the beginning of the Akamas Park experience...
1. Sunbathing with rare turtles
The most popular beach in Akamas is Lara. Here you can not only swim but also admire the rare species of green and loggerhead turtles. They hang out near the beach in spring and summer, swimming closer to the land to lay eggs. To see the adult turtles on the beach is almost impossible, as they are very shy and come ashore mostly at night. But you can have fun watching the baby turtles hatch from their eggs and head towards the sea. As for the beach itself, it is almost deserted and is safe even with children, but you must follow two rules:
2. Explore the beauty of the Blue Lagoon underwater world
The Blue Lagoon is another reason to visit Akamas as there is plenty to see, both above and below water. All tourists come here with goggles and snorkelling masks. Even a shallow dive reveals the unique underwater world of the Mediterranean.
On and around the beach itself there are just as many attractions, beautiful rock formations and steep cliffs, crystal clear turquoise waters, and beautiful yachts cruising the coast. You can take a ride on pleasure boats, which are always available near the shore during the holiday season, and appreciate the beauty of the Blue Lagoon from the sea as well. It is worth mentioning that Cyprus has another Blue Lagoon located near Ayia Napa.
3. Enjoy the Baths of Aphrodite
Akamas National Park in Cyprus is also home to the legendary baths of Aphrodite, where according to mythology, the Goddess of Beauty herself bathed. The baths are a small body of water, set in a grotto. The water is perfectly clear, so you can see flocks of small fish. There is a small, quiet beach nearby.
Many tourists also visit the Aphrodite Baths to walk the Aphrodite Paths, which are hiking trails that can be covered in 2-4 hours. The trails take you up from the coast to the mountains and provide an aerial view of the azure bays.
Akamas: how to get there
For the most comfortable and quickest way to get to Akamas, choose to stay in the nearby towns of Polis or Paphos. There are three forms of transport from these towns to the protected area and its main attractions: