Akamas Peninsula National Park
The Akamas Peninsula, in the far west
of Cyprus at its most westerly point,
is an area of outstanding natural beauty
and the treks provide stunning scenery of
wide sandy bays, deep gorges and a wild landscape.
We trekked along the coast to Cape Arnaoutis
and then took the challenging trek up the
Aphrodite nature trail to the rocky table-top
on the Akamas, known as Moutti tis Sotiras.
It’s well worth the effort as the reward
is probably one of the most breathtaking
views on the island, across the blue lagoons
to Cape Arnaoutis at the end of the peninsula.
The Akamas Peninsula is an area of great
biodiversity and ecological significance
being home to 530 plant species, a third
of the total for Cyprus, 126 of which are
endemic to Cyprus. The variety of fauna is
equally impressive - 168 birds, 12 mammals,
20 reptiles and 16 butterfly species.
We ended our day with a beer at one of the
beach restaurants as we watched the sun lower
in the sky.