Cyprus · 5 Days · 10 Moments · October 2013

Akamas adventures

17 October 2013

Chapel There is a little chapel near to Coral Bay. It's located off the beaten track, so you need to hike up the hill a bit. Here many people from all over the world leave messages to their died loved ones. If you have something to say - prepare a stone with a wish. Many colourful stones with beautiful words construct a fascinating ensemble of memories. I made a little stone for my grand dad which I designed myself.
St Neophytos Monastery You can get there by bus #604 from the harbour. The place is not only interesting for very spiritual people - behind the entrance to cell where the Neophytos monk lived, you will find a road to a beautiful villige with really spectacular views. It's a very quiet place with spectacular sunsets.

16 October 2013

Dinner The cafe provides really good dishies. I tried an octopulos and a sword fish. Very nice people working here and loyal prices. Sometimes a donkey comes and says hello at the terrace.
Aphrodita trail This trail is more complex. Here it's better to have a guide, because if you turn right or left you can easily get lost in millions of similar-looking trails and trees. It's rather longer and it can take 3-4 hours (depends on your hiking speed). You will find great views of the sea (which in bad weather is looking like an roaring ocean). Also you can ignore some pointers and go to Fontana Amorosa - but the problem is: 1. if you are alone it can be dangerous 2. if the weather is bad it can be dangerous even for a group of people 3. it's really far... 5 kilometers. So if the weather is good and your health and shoes let you - well, go. Fontana Amorosa is a little fountain which will allow you to find love (according to legend). The views are more spectacular and you will even meet some mouflones. I visited Akamas 5 times in different weather conditions - it's a really beautiful place of wild nature.
Adonis Trail There are some trails. One is the easiest - Adonis trail. You will hike along the rock, then through the forest, and then climb the hill. On your way you might come across some snakes, so take an appropriate shoes. The whole route and way back will take about an hour or two (depends on your fitness level).
How to reach the Baths of Aphrodite To reach this part of Akamas by bus is simple, using this instruction: The bus #610 and #618 (more rare) from Harbour (take a daily ticket) goes to Main Bus station Karavella in Paphos sity. Here you should change to the bus #626 to Polis Chrysochous, and when you arrive at the bus station in Polis, you will already see the last bus which helps you to reach the Baths. Its number is 622. Be careful about the time you return to Paphos; But I would recommend to rent a hotel for 1-2 nights to have enough time on Akamas peninsula.

15 October 2013

House for turtles and sand lilies Its a bit difficult to reach Lara beach by feet, but its possible. You should use the same route you used to get to Avaks George, but should pass by pointer Avakas and continue on coast, the road will lead you to Lara pointer and there, turn left and go towards the beach, but remember - it's about 5 km from the crossroads to Avakas. Still, it's worth it - the beach is really perfect. You can see turtle nests and find descriptions about the species of everything. The water is crystal clear and warm all year round and good for diving and snorkeling. On the beach there are also flowers - so called sand lilies.

14 October 2013

Petra tou Romiou Rock To that point there is also a public bus from Harbour bus station. Time to get there is about 30-40 minutes by bus. The scedule: From April - November From Harbour: Monday - Saturday: 07:25, 09:10, 10:40, 14:10, 14:30, 15:40, 16:00, 17:30, 18:40, 22:30 Sunday + Public Holidays: 06:30, 9:10, 10:40, 14:10, 14:30, 15:40, 16:00, 17:30, 18:40, 22:30 From Petra tou Romiou: Monday - Sunday: 08:15, 10:05, 11:35, 15:05, 15:25, 16:35, 16:55, 18:20, 19:30, 0:00 So, as you can see - the last bus is at midnight. If you walk along the coast, be careful of falling stones. There are many legends about the main rock, but I like the next rock which is really unpopular, but also beautiful. In summer you can be a witness to many wedding ceremonies the sunset. There is a cafe and a souvenir shop.

13 October 2013

Good viewpoint Amazing place to take pictures. When you finish visiting Avakas George canyon, you will return to a bus station (bus #616A,B), and here you will find the Church of Saint George. Inside it is allowed to take photos. Outside you have a panoramic view. Near to the church there is a super-delicious fish tavern but the prices are 30% higher than in Akamas peninsula tavern near to the Bathes of Aphrodite. In one word - very expensive. Hike up the path on top of the hill to admire the view of the Capo Drepanum. Here you can make beautiful pictures.
Avakas Canyon This is a great natural canyon and there are not that many people around the year. How to reach by foot: If you stay in Paphos you should use bus #615 to Coral Bay (it's leaving from the harbour) and reach the final station Coral Bay bus station. Then transfer to bus #616A or #616B (depends on the season), and ask a driver to stop near to Avakas. Then you walk to that road passing through a cafe, then walk down the hill about 1km and you will see the pointer. You should wear comfortable shoes, also it would be practical to bring a raincoat. When you begin your journey through the canyon, be close to water and you will not get lost. In the first quarter of the way you will have to cross a little waterfall, so be ready to get wet a little =) I was there twice and would visit again. Notice that the last return bus to Coral Bay leaves around 16:00-16:45 (the schedule varies).