Cyprus: Avakas Gorge and Lara Beach
Paphos district covers the whole western part of Cyprus island. It’s most famous for the Paphos city itself and beach destinations close to it, but offers a lot more for adventurous travelers, from secluded beaches to thick forests and handsome monasteries in Paphos Forest. The northwestern tip of the island, Akamas Peninsula, is an isolated, nearly inhabited area with diverse nature. We wrote earlier about hiking in the northern side of Akamas, but in this post we’ll shortly introduce two gems on the southern side of it, Avakas Gorge and Lara Beach. Exploring this part of Cyprus is the easiest by car, so if you are planning on going, check out also a post about renting a car in Cyprus.
Hiking in Avakas Gorge
Avakas Gorge is an impressive, narrow canyon, great for hiking when the water level is low, especially in spring or in autumn. You shouldn’t go to the gorge at all after or during heavy rains, and in winter time in general the water level can be too high for hiking. The canyon is located 20 km northwest from Paphos, close to Akamas Peninsula. The coastal area around Avakas Gorge is very scenic, so it’s advisable to reserve a whole day for hiking in the gorge and exploring the surroundings, including Lara Beach. To reach Avakas Gorge, take the coastal road E701 from Paphos. Soon after the town of Peyia the road north turns into a bumpy dirt road. There is no public transportation all the way to the gorge, but there is a bus running from Coral Bay to nearby Agias Georgios Pegeias village, from where you can walk to the gorge (roughly 3 km). If you have a car, it’s advisable to use the parking lot right by the coastal road and walk from there to the beginning of the trail to the canyon (1 km), as the secondary road leading there is in pretty bad condition.
Lara Beach and surroundings
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