Nature Trails

Paphos Lighthouse Coastal Path

A wonderful coastal boardwalk path runs along the Mediterranean on the western side of Cyprus, in Paphos. There are great views of the water, and several scenic and important sites nearby. The south end of the path starts at the Medieval Castle of Paphos, and goes for 3.6 km north to the Venus Hotel, for an out and back of 7.2 km (4.5 miles). Sites along the way include House of Theseus, the Paphos Mosaics, the House of Dionysos (restored Roman Villa), Odeon architectural ruins, and the Tomb of the Kings. Much of the route follows Lighthouse Beach (Faros Beach).

Avakas Gorge Nature Trail

The Avakas Gorge Trail is located in the homonymous gorge, within Pegeia state forest with the end of the trail located inside the gorge. It follows the course of the Avgas River, from where the gorge gets its name and resulted from constant erosive activity on the erodible, sloping limestone rocks composed of loams, chalks, reef and grain limestone and bentonitic clays. The gorge is also a Natura 2000 area. The trail firstly follows a dirt road (closed to private vehicles) through an open valley, then takes you into the gorge. In its last section, the trail is in the stream, in which water usually flows throughout the year. The route through the gorge is characterised by thick vegetation and a particularly attractive, shady and moist environment.

Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Of special interest on this trail are the Loutra tis Afroditis (Baths of Aphrodite), where, according to legend, the Goddess of Love and Beauty used to take her baths. You will also pass by the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s Tower), which are believed to belong to a Medieval monastery. Also noteworthy is a 500­ year­ old oak tree, which is located near the ruins of the tower. Along the trail you can enjoy excellent views of Cape Arnaoutis, Polis Chrysochous and Pafos (Paphos) Forest. There are two non­ potable water fountains along the trail; one near the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas, and another between the Loutra tis Afroditis (Baths of Aphrodite) and Kakoskali. The trail connects with the Adonis trail, whilst at its starting point you can visit the Botanical Gardens of Akamas.

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