Avakas Gorge Trail

Avakas Gorge Trail

Akamas Forest Nature Trail

Starting point: Avakas Gorge, following the Agios Georgios Pegeias - Toxeftra road for 2.5km and heading east from where Toxeftra Bay begins.

Length: 1.2km

Estimated duration: 45 minutes


Points of interest: The Avakas Gorge follows the course of the Avgas River, from where the gorge gets its name from. The gorge was created from the 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 for 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.

 

Flora: While hiking you can study the indigenous plants: lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus), Phoenician juniper (Juniperus phoenicea), terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus), thorny broom (Calycotome villosa), common smilax (Smilax aspera), oleander (Nerium oleander), storax (Styrax officinalis), and the endemic endangered Akamas centaury (Centaurea akamantis).

Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.

Birds: Cyprus wheatear (endemic), Cyprus warbler (endemic), scops owl (endemic), partridge, little owl, kestrel, wild pigeon.

Reptiles: Stellion lizard.

Amphibians: Marsh frog, iridescent frog, tree frog.