The Akamas peninsula is an area of natural wilderness with dramatic coastlines and sandy coves. A preserved national park, it is a place where one can truly appreciate the beautiful unspoilt scenery, walking the many nature trails, taking a boat trip along the coast to swim off secluded beaches or just observing the varied plant and animal life.

This area is a must-visit for birdwatchers to spot the endemic Cyprus warbler and wheatear. The island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa and in the spring flocks of storks and demoiselle cranes ride thermals over the sea, hoopoes, larks and wagtails fly in, while in the autumn huge numbers of raptors sail by.

Rare endemic plants, such as the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus, grow here and in the spring wild anemones can be seen, making it a botanist's paradise.

The sandy beaches of the Akamas are important breeding grounds for the green and loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have greatly been increased thanks to a successful conservation project at Lara.

 
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