Due to the rocky nature of the Akamas Peninsula and the fact that there are no sealed roads running through the region, I always consider that a visit is a ‘must’ when I’m in Cyprus.
Even roads marked on maps of the area are not sealed so I suggest a 4×4 as a preferred method of travel. Or you can even book an organised tour from operators in Paphos.
Either way, the entire region isn’t developed so make sure you take enough water and sun lotion.
Why visit the Akamas?
The main reason to visit the Akamas for me is the loggerhead turtle sanctuary at Lara Bay. Lara Bay is a beautiful beach which doesn’t get many visitors. So it is a great place for some peace and quiet. The water is crystal clear which means you can get great photos of the landscape.
As well Lara Bay you can visit the Baths of Aphrodite near Polis and walk the Avakas Gorge. The Avakas Gorge is considered to be one of the natural wonders of Cyprus.
There are also a few little villages like Dhrousha where you can get some delicious lunch.
The region also supports a broad diversity of life including many susceptible species, most of which are common to Akamas. Wildflowers include the Cyprus tulip and many species of orchid.
Wild animals include snakes, lizards, griffon vultures and Cyprus warblers.
Visiting the Akamas
If you are thinking of visiting the Akamas then you need to be interested in culture, biodiversity and walking. Organised tours are also very common in the area, so keep an eye out for 4×4 vehicles when walking around corners.