NATURE TRAILS

Embrace the beauty of nature in the unspoilt area of the Akamas Peninsula.

Discover Akamas for its breath-taking beauty, precious ecology and stunning panoramic views.


Baths of Aphrodite

Through the Botanical Gardens of the Akamas, you will find a small natural grotto underneath an old fig tree, shaded from the warm Cyprus sun. Water flows down a wall of rock and forms a pools amongst the moss.

It is here that the legend says Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love & Beauty, would come to bathe.

Accordingly to Greek mythology, she met her lover Adonis at the pool when he stopped for a drink while hunting.

From the baths, a 2.5km trail follows the legendary path that Aphrodite would take to rest under a large oak tree after her bath. From here, the path splits into two hiking routes called ‘Aphrodite’ & ‘Adonis’.


Aphrodite Trail

Starting at the Baths of Aphrodite, the trail follows a rising path to a hill known as ‘Moutti tis Sotiras’ (370m). The trail is approx. 3 hours long; a 7.5km walk.

The Baths of Aphrodite is where the Goddess of Love used to bathe. Along the trail there are several points of interest, the Ruins of the Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s Tower) as well as a huge century old oak tree which can be found at the picnic site.

There are fantastic views of the Akamas Peninsula, Polis Chrysochous and the Pafos Forest. It is beautiful walk which will not be forgotten!

The trail links with the Adonis Trail.


Adonis Trail

Starting at the Baths of Aphrodite, the trail offers beautiful views of Polis Chrysochous, the Pafos Forest and the Akamas Peninsula. The trail is approx. 3 hours long; a 7.5km walk.

The path runs past the Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s Tower) and connects with the Smigies trail at Kefalovrysia, and with the Aphrodite trail at Pyrgos tis Rigainas.

At the start of the trail you can visit the Botanical Gardens of the Akamas.

It is the perfect trail for nature lovers; you will find many different species of animals; mammals, birds and reptiles, and various plant life.


Smigies Trail

Starting at the Smigies Picnic Site (2.5km from Neo Chorio), the trail offers beautiful views of the coastline of the Akamas Peninsula, Lara Bay, Chrysochous Bay and Pafos Forest. There are two trails; the short route is approx. 1 hour long; a 2.5km walk. The long route is approx. 2 hours long; a 6km walk.

The longer route runs past the old mines, magnesium facilities and abandoned kilns, through a dense section of the Akamas first.

The trail also connects with the Adonis trail at Kefalovrisia. Both routes pass by the Piana fire lookout station of the Forestry Department.

You will not be disappointed with the 360° views!


Avakas Gorge

The Avakas Gorge Trail is located in the homonymous gorge within Peyia State Forest. The trail is approx. 45-minutes long; a 1.2km walk.

It follows the course of the Avgas River, and resulted from constant erosive activity on the erodible, sloping limestone rocks composed of loams, chalks, reef, grain limestone and bentonitic clays.

The gorge is also a Nature 2000 area. The trail follows a dirt road (closed to private vehicles) through an open valley, then takes you into the gorge. The last section of the trail is in a stream, so wear appropriate shoes.

You will certainly get some amazing selfies here!


For more information regarding the Nature Trails, please contact your Guest Experience Manager who will help answer any questions you may have.