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A holiday in Cyprus combines rich culture and ancient history with beautiful golden beaches, charming hilltop villages, lush countryside and breathtaking landscapes. This tour will take you to the Akamas Peninsula, one of the most beautiful places on the island, where you will discover wide sandy bays, deep gorges, wild landscapes and an abundance of wildlife.
Located on the west coast of the island, the Akamas Peninsula is sadly one of the last remaining unspoilt areas in Cyprus, and this is largely due to its inaccessibility. Named after Akamas, the son of Trojan War hero Theseus, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have campaigned long and hard for it to be declared a National Park in order to protect the unique wildlife here, but big businesses have successfully prevented this from happening and the area is now under threat from property developers.
A wide variety of fauna and flora can be found on the Akamas Peninsula, including hundreds of plant species, many of which are endemic to Cyprus. Orchids can be found throughout the island, and many different species can be found in this beautiful area. The Akamas Peninsula provides a number of different habitats for a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies, including lush woodlands, spectacular gorges and deserted beaches. It is also one of the best places on the island for bird spotting. Over 160 different species can be found here, including Cyprus Warblers, Common Cranes, Black-headed Buntings and Cyprus Wheatears.
One of the most beautiful and important areas on the Akamas Peninsula is Lara Bay. This unspoilt beach is a turtle breeding ground and safe haven for two species of endangered turtles, the green turtle and loggerhead turtle. Newly hatched turtles are brought to Lara from other areas to encourage them to nest here, so it will hopefully become their future breeding ground for generations to come. Fortunately, the Government has decided to leave this beach untouched but other areas of the Akamas Peninsula still remain under threat.
There are many beautiful walking trails along the Akamas Peninsula, including The Aphrodite Trail which runs close to the tip of the peninsula. This four-mile walk starts from the Baths of Aphrodite and leads up into the mountains. Along the trail you will see many birds, lizards and wild flowers, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and dramatic coastline. You may even be lucky enough to spot dolphins out at sea.
Try and visit the Akamas Peninsula before any developments take place because it will never be the same again.
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