Entertainments In Cyprus.
The variety of plant and animal life and the unspoiled scenery make Cyprus one of the most beautiful places for appreciating nature.
With its rugged coastline, alternating between long stretches of sand or pebble beaches, rocky shores and promontories, sun-baked plains and forested mountains, there is something for everyone.
If you’re a nature lover, or into photography or painting, you’ll find much to inspire you. For a birdwatcher Cyprus is a must-visit, as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, while a large number of endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, make it a botanist’s paradise.
The island even has its very own national animal, the Cyprus mouflon, a kind of wild sheep that roams free in the extensive forests of western Troodos and has been used as the symbol for the island’s national carrier.
Exotic and rare forms of wildlife give Cyprus a special touch. Green and Loggerhead turtles breed on the island's sandy beaches in summer, while the Mediterranean monk seal and dolphins have also been seen swimming in the warm, calm, crystal clear seas of the island.
Cape Gkreko National Forest Park
An area of unspoiled natural beauty on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus.The rocky promontory on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus, east of Agia Napa and south east of Protaras, is an area of unspoiled natural beauty that has been declared a National Forest Park and conservation area and covers an area of 385 hectares.
Hike along the network of nature trails lined with miniature pine trees and juniper stopping to admire spectacular views from sea cliffs overlooking turquoise seas. Benches along the way provide the opportunity to rest and gaze down into crystal clear waters. One of these trails forms part of the European Long Distance Trail E4, running from Gibraltar to Cyprus. The 2 kilometres Aphrodite nature trail which goes along the north east coast of the Cape GKreco promontory is part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route and commemorates the link with the goddess. Do not miss the small white washed church of Agii Anargyri with steps down to the sea where the Holy Water exists, or take one of the trails leading to theso-called Cyclops’ cave stopping at the nearby picnic site for a pleasant rest.
Specialist cycling paths also exist in the area both for lovers of this sport and as a means to explore. The island has perfect weather for cycling, especially in the winter months, what with low annual rainfall and few of the headwinds that are a bane to cyclists.
Take a boat trip along the coast anchoring near these a caves that nature has carved out of the ten-metre limestone cliffs and adorned in such a way as to merit the name the Palaces.
The Cape Gkreco area is popular with divers, thanks to warm seatemperatures ranging from 16ºC in winter to 28ºC in summer and with avisibility reaching 30 to 40 metres. The fauna of the waters of Cape Gkreco hide many interesting sea creatures.
Dasaki tis Achnas
Situated some 25km northwest of Larnaka (Larnaca) town, the environs of the dam at Dasaki tis Achnas serve a stopover in autumn and spring for migratory birds, including the Glossy Ibis, the Pied Kingfisher and flamingos. Part nature reserve, the dam is home to a variety of fish such as the crayfish, carp and silver bream. Fishing is permitted in one part of the dam, but all fish caught must be thrown back. Built in 1987, the dam has a capacity of 6.8 million cubic metres. On the far side is the Lakeside Park picnic site.
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