Spring is a very exciting time in Cyprus. It comes a lot earlier than other parts of Europe and when it does, it’s a true spectacle.
The trees start blooming as early as late February and we get first very anticipated warm days. After a season of rain and thundery weather, nature wakes up and bursts with colours. I love spring because the temperatures are perfect, there are hardly any tourists around and you can enjoy the glorious nature all for yourself. As we now moved to Coral Bay area, driving to Akamas Peninsula takes only 30 minutes and gives me plenty of excuses to escape there as much as I can.
Akamas Peninsula lies at the north-west part of the island and covers an area of 230 square meters. The national park is largely covered in woodland with a few major peaks offering stunning views. There are no decent roads going through the heart of the peninsula but you can make your way with a quad bike (if you’re ready to take some beating from the bushes). Starting at the Baths of Aphrodite, you can follow a few tourist trails that will take you to the peaks or simply walk along the coastline. The coastline road is in a dangerous condition and I would not recommend anyone venturing there with a car.
At the entrance to the national park, you will find a small restaurant near the Baths of Aphrodite which also had a small stretch of beach and some superb views. The food is not outstanding, but the views make up for it. As you continue walking towards the Baths of Aphrodite, there is a small botanical garden which offers entrance to the baths. Apart from this small restaurant and one posh hotel (Anassa Hotel), there is nothing else than trees, goats and donkeys.
Last weekend I took the challenge of taking my 3-year-old with me for a mini-expedition. We ended up walking 5 kilometers along the coast, not following any hiking trails and just checking how far we can make it. There are resting points along the way offering you stunning views of the coral blue water while you enjoy your snack and watch other tourists pass by.
There are so many ways to explore Akamas! You can take a leisure walk like we did, hire a boat and see the hills from the sea or give yourself a proper workout by trying one of the hiking trails. If you are up for it, you can also use the small camping site at the entrance to the peninsula – something I would love to do!
If you want to take a break from the beach and crowded towns, I can guarantee you will fall in love with Akamas as much as I did!
PS: The views on the way there from Peyia and also worth the trip. You might still find some gorgeous blooming trees along the way or stop in a winery on your way back (Vasilikon Winery)