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Kavo Gkreko

Mountain Trails Of Cyprus

6 - Kavo Gkreko

National Forest at the south-eastern end of the island between Ayia Napa and Paralimni.  The uniqueness of the area is not only due to its natural beauty but also to the fact that it offers a wide range of interests such as swimming, diving, paragliding, fishing, rowing, cycling, riding, climbing, air sports and hiking.

The vegetation is dominated by coastal shrubs of which the most frequent observed species if Juniperus Phoenicea and plants such as Chrysanthemums, wild onions, poppies, anemones, mainly in spring.

There are about 300 plant species in the area, 11 of which are endemic.  The fauna includes species such as partridge, wood pigeon, crow, owl as well as a large number of migratory birds, which stop on the island chiefly to rest.  These include blackbirds, thrushes etc. Also observed in the area are foxes, hares and various species of bats, reptiles and butterflies.

To date 9 trails have been constructed in Kavo Gkreko - Paralimni area.

1. Kannoi - Spilia Kyklopa (Cyclops Cave)        Length : 2.4 km    Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Kannoi Beach

Points of Interest: A walk along the coast leading to natural caves, the best known of which is the Cyclops cave.  A kiosk operates at Kannoi Beach

2. Kannoi - Agioi Anargyri       Length : 1.4 km    Time: 1/2 hour

Starting point: Kannoi Beach

Points of Interest: A walk along the coast which ends at the little church of Ayaioi Anargyri built over a sea cave which according to tradition was the home of St Kosma and St Damianos

3. Kannoi - Agioi Anargyri  (Circular)     Length : 2.3 km    Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Church of Ayioi Anargyri

Points of Interest: Dense vegetation, mainly juniper Phoenicea and a picnic site

4. Agioi Anargyri - Thalassines Spillies (Sea Caves)       Length : 4 km    Time: 2 hours

Starting point: Church of Ayioi Anargyri

Points of Interest: A beautiful walk along the coast. The sea caves are accessible only by the sea and the area is suitable for diving

5. Thalassines Spillies (Sea Caves - Circular)       Length : 3.6 km   Time: 2 hours

Starting point: Ayia Napa - Kavo Gkreko road, 6 km east of Ayia Napa

Points of Interest: A walk along the coast which at certain points is very steep and craggy

6. Kavos       Length : 2.5 km   Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Old quarry parking area

Points of Interest: An old quarry, a large number of fossilized marine organisms and a vantage point at the peak of the Cape from which one can see as far as the Stavrovouni Monastery.  On a very clear day the heights above Haifa in Israel are visible.  The impressive cliffs are suitable for climbing.

PROTARAS AREA

There are three trails in this area which is well known for its golden sandy beaches and its windmills.

7. Profitis Ilias _ Konnoi Beach      Length : 8.5 km   Time: 3 hours

Starting point: The little church of Prophet Elijah. Access from the Kavo Gkreko - Paralimni Road.  The trail leads to Konnoi Beach.

Points of Interest: A view from the little church of Profitis Ilias. Chapels of Ayioi Saranta and Ayios Ioannis

8. Panagia - Ayioi Saranta       Length : 2.5 km   Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Chruch of Panayia (The Virgin) ( 300 meters to the left of the Kavo Gkreko - Protaras Road) to the Church of Ayioi Saranta

9. Panagia - Ayios Ioannis       Length : 2.8 km   Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Chruch of Panayia (The Virgin) ( 300 meters to the left of the Kavo Gkreko - Protaras Road) to the Chapel of Ayios Ioannis

 

This information was taken from the CTO publication Nature Trails of Cyprus.  You can get a copy from any Cyprus Tourism Organization office in Cyprus.


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