Cyprus Akamas Peninsula - walks up in the hills and along the coast.

Walking along the Aphrodite Trail and Smigies Nature Trail on Cyprus Island.

Yet another walk starting from the car park at Cyprus's Baths of Aphrodite - this really is a good walking area with so many options available for making up circular walks.
The area walked is within Cyprus's Akamas Peninsula. This goes from the Baths of Aphrodite on out twoards Cape Arnaoutis (Akamas) - it involves a long climb to the top ridge at halfway before a descent back to the Baths.
Actually we found the area around here to have much more hard climbing than we found in for instance the Troodos Mountains and again we believe that you need walking boots to be safe and confident on the often loose surfaced paths and tracks - particularly when descending. There are a couple of springs on the walk which can be used at a push but do take plenty of water with you.
Leave the car park passing the kiosk on the left - the tarmac surface soon becomes a very dusty dirt road - this climbs slightly to start with then twists left by a sign indicating "To Fontana Amorosa". Continue along the track as it undulates mostly high above the coastline and initially a camp site on the right - stay on the track soon passing a sign which - truthfully- says "Do not enter - dangerous for cars" - the track hugs the coast and there are some really good views to the sea below. You reach a spring about 1.5 km from the car park and shortly after this take a marked path leaving on the left. This goes up to meet another path - turn right and now follow this initially quite wide path as it slowly wanders up the side of the hill. The path narrows and becomes quite rocky and now starts to climb considerably. Eventually the path has to go into zig zag mode as it climbs quite steeply up and under the imposing limestone cliffs of Moutti tis Sotiras.

The path finally goes over some really large rocks and emerges by a view point and seat - continue on, now only gently climbing to an open area. Follow the signed path which takes you up to the top of Moutti tis Sotiras. Excellent views from up here but do watch the very brittle edges - the climb so far has been about 350 metres.

Return back to the signpost but now turn right and walk down the wide dirt track - near the bottom turn left on a marked trail (yellow arrow) and follow this to meet another track. Go left and then go right (i.e. stay on the main track) at the next junction to walk on down to a clearing by a ruined abbey (Pyrgos tis Rigainas) and a large old oak tree. From the oak tree continue half right to pass to the right of the spring and take the marked Adonis Trail - this narrow and rocky surfaced path heads up hill - over a ridge and then drops down going through trees to then become a much wider forest track. The track bears to the left and reaches an open area with seats and another spring - this is around 1.4 KMs from the oak tree.
Take the small path marked "Smigies Nature Trail" - this is a narrow path going through trees and takes you after about half a kilometre to a cross track - go straight on and you are now really walking on Cyprus's famous Smigies Trail. The path soon becomes a wide dirt track - just a little way along take a look at the old magnesium mine and then a little further on also on the left are several mine entrances to look into. Continue on the dirt track climbing steadily to finally reach a track junction. Turn left and continue on this wide dirt road for about 1.75kms (ignore a track on the left and a road which goes up to the fire lookout's post) to reach a dirt road junction - the limestone heights of Pissouromoutti are ahead of you.

Turn left and walk down the short distance to a really large picnic area - there are even toilets here plus several springs and loads of tables. Go to the left of the picnic area and find a notice board indicating Smigies Nature Trail plus other information - do not go up this path - instead go right along a track heading towards the coast and with the toilet blocks on your right. The track is lined with fir trees for a while but then at a track junction where the main track goes off to the right keep straight on now heading towards more fir trees - the path soon narrows and then starts to climb. As the path gets steeper it becomes more stoney underfoot and this continues on up to the top of a ridge.
Just stay on this path as it then starts to slowly descend and eventually comes back out by the old magnesium mine - this is around 2.75 KMs from the picnic site. Turn right and follow the path back to the clearing and the Smigies Nature Trail signpost. Turn right onto the dry river bed passing the spring on the left and stay heading down on this now very rock strewn and difficult to walk path/stream bed - this is now the Adonis Trail.

Simply follow this as it heads down towards the coast - eventually reaching a viewpoint with great views of Chrysohou Bay. From here the path levels out and becomes a little wider and easier to walk on. Eventually the path becomes a wide dusty track and starts to descend very steeply towards the coast road in really vicious zig-zags - you need to take care since the surface is really slippery. Once at the coast road turn left and walk back along past the restaurant and into the car park and the original start point.
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