Akamas Peninsula


A beautiful escape in the last preserved region of Cyprus.

The peninsula of Akamas is located in the northwest part of Cyprus island, bordered by a few « typical » villages that are very preserved. It is a natural reserve of 230 square kilometers with a spectacular coastline, many fauna, animal and geological richness and with beautiful landscapes

The history of the region dates back to 3000 BC. According to the legend, the peninsula of Akamas was renamed after a mythological Greek hero : Akamas, son of Theseus and Phaedra , who arrived in Cyprus after the Trojan War and founded Akamantis.

Akamas was also the meeting place of Adonis and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty and of Love. It’s here that they met for the first time and fell in love. The "Bath of Aphrodite ", a natural cave surrounded by greenery and flowers, was the place where Aphrodite took, obviously, her bath.

The region remains today largely untouched by mass tourism and development. Due to the mountainous nature of the peninsula, there are no roads running through its heartland. So if you want to have a look at these lands, you better rent a 4×4 or just walk… The Aphrodite trail is probably the most beautiful walk of the island, unlike the Aphrodite bath, which is quite a disapointment. The path follows the mystical route taken by Aphrodite and her lover. You climb up to the top of the Moutti tis Sotiras, and then your efforts are rewarded by a breathtaking view on the island and blue lagoons.

Then, you can go and rest on a completely deserted beach, and enjoy being like lost in the nature. This is the first time we ever been alone for a few hours on a beach…

So friends of leisure and « nothing to plan for holidays », this is not for you !! But if you like walking, and a bit of « adventure », you must absolutely go to this part of Cyprus… We toured the whole island but this is the region we liked most. And if you’re lucky, a nice cat we’ll accompany you during your walk !

written by fabyen on 2010-01-22 #places #location #beach #landscapes #walks #natural-reserve #cyrous #akamas #lagoons


  1. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    the sea is clean and clear, I'm sure it's a place to go...

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wonderful Kypro ! You're shots are magical !

  3. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Awesome landscapes!

  4. emilios
    emilios ·

    U know the history of Akamas very well. My friends and i go camping there quite often in the summer. One of the best places to go diving/ cave diving.
    Well done! Great article and great pics.

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