Aphrodite’s Hiking Trail

Aphrodite’s Hiking Trail

Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Starting point: The Loutra tis Afroditis (Baths of Aphrodite)

High Point: 370m - Moutti tis Sotiras

Estimated duration: 3 - 4 hours

Difficulty rate: 3

 

Points of interest: Of special interest along this trail are the Loutra tis Afroditis (Baths of Aphrodite), where, according to legend, the Goddess of Hiking in Cyprus Akamas Hiking Trails 2 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 years 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 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 peninsula.

 

Flora: While hiking you can study the endemic plants: Cyprus Golden – Drop (Onosma fruticosa), Cyprus sage (Phlomis cypria var. occidentalis).

Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.

Birds: Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). Migratory birds

Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, Black whip Snake.