Cyprus, a small Mediterranean island located near the Middle East, has been an appealing destination for nature lovers for many years. Known for sublime stretches of sand, rugged wine-growing regions and dramatic cliffs, it is unsurprising that the region is littered with an array of natural wonders. Rent a car in Cyprus and visit the best nature attractions. From the beautiful beaches to glorious gorges, here’s our guide to Cyprus’ natural wonders.
Set in the heart of the wild and rugged Akamas Peninsula, the path leading to Avakas Gorge is a brilliant showcase of the island’s diverse range of flora and fauna. It is located on 16 km west of Paphos (Pafos) and the main attraction is undoubtedly the peculiar stone which lies trapped between the towering curves of the surrounding stone walls. The ridges of the walls reflect light differently depending on the season and the time of day, meaning the chalky walls charmingly appear slightly altered in color throughout the year. Accessible primarily via a nature trail, the pathway here also provides an opportunity to see the endangered plant Centauria Akamantis, a beautiful species which is endemic to the area.
Limassol Sand Dunes
These distinctively grey sand dunes are truly one of the most unknown and beautiful natural sights in Cyprus. Their remoteness adds to their mystery, and they are sheltered within the secluded British bases of the island. The sand dunes are close to the southernmost tip of the Akrotiri peninsula and are accessible to the public only via a sketchy dirt road. The unusual grey color of the sand there is what makes the dunes particularly unique. Shadows created by the dunes form a dreamlike setting, dissimilar to anything else visitors will see in the region. The lack of human settlements and the vast amounts of soft, silky and undisturbed sand also makes it a popular nesting spot for turtles.
Salt Lakes Of Limassol and Larnaca
A popular local legend claims that the two lakes of Cyprus, Limassol and Larnaca, were formed when St Lazarus’ requests for food and drink were denied by a local woman. Her actions were so angering that Lazarus allegedly turned the woman’s vineyards into salt lakes. In the winter months the lakes retain water, and they play host to an abundance of pretty flamingos who stop over during their migratory journey through Europe. The water dries up during the summer, leaving behind a dry and barren looking environment primarily composed of salt crystals. A nearby site of interest is the famous holy mosque Hala Sultan Tekke, a spectacle which provides a striking backdrop for those seeking to photograph the flamingos.
Cape Greco is a stunning Cypriot national park which is home to numerous sea caves and remarkable rock formations. Located between Agia Napa and Protaras, the site is also characterized by crystal, aqua waters. The nearby rocks make great locations for diving and, as the area is so breathtaking, it is also an extremely popular destination for wedding photographs. Two natural, free-standing rock bridges can be seen here, perfect existing examples of how the soft rocks have been molded by waves over the years. Boat tours are available for tours of the caves, or alternatively the site can be accessed by car.
Adonis Baths, Paphos
The deep and cool waters of the Adonis Baths are ideal for swimming in, and they feature a large, glassy pool and a cascading turquoise waterfall. Those brave enough can swing into the pool from the overhanging trees idyllically lining the water’s edge, and the superb and unique color of the water comes from the reflections of the surrounding, lush greenery. The falls are rumored to be the birthplace of many of Aphrodite and Adonis’s children, and a traditional house museum is located on-site, offering guests a plethora of information about the area’s rich history.
It is located on the crossroads of Lefkosia (Nicosia), Pafos (Paphos) and Lemesos (
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