Avakas Gorge - "Wild West" in Cyprus

Feb. 15, 2022 | Cyprus

The Avakas Canyon, 26 km from Paphos, is an amazing place. There are no direct buses and the best way to get there is to rent a car. The path to the canyon lies along the sea, so from the start the journey promises to be very scenic. There is a parking lot not far from your destination, and then you have to walk another 15-30 minutes.

At the very beginning, the gorge resembles an ordinary hiking trail, after which cliffs begin to appear and narrow, and a mountain stream flows through. At the very end of the trail, there is barely any sunlight through the gap.

Why to go to Avakas Gorge

This is the perfect place for hikers, wildlife and extreme hikers. The trail goes up and down into the mountains.

Not far from the parking lot is the family-run Viklari Tavern. The Last Castle", where you can have a good meal and enjoy panoramic views of the sea and the cliffs.

Near the gorge is Lara Beach, which has the status of a nature reserve. Here the turtles lay their eggs. You can also enjoy a quiet holiday by the sea on the sandy beach.

In the morning you can get up close and personal with a herd of mountain goats and goats that come down to the gorge to drink before the crowds of tourists arrive.

Take great scenic photos and enjoy the local nature.

When is the best time to visit

Avakas Gorge is a must-see if you vacation in Cyprus. Spring and Fall is an ideal time to visit. Outdoors is still warm, cool and not a huge crowd of tourists. It's worth coming here in the summer if you want to go all the way. Because of the heat, the creek almost dries out and the road becomes easier. It is best to leave at 7-8 in the morning. Winter is unusual in its own way, but there is a chance that the gorge will be closed because of the frequent rains. The creek fills up, and a torrential flow can knock you off your feet. It is also a dangerous time because of the abundance of falling rocks.

Tips

  • Choose comfortable, athletic shoes. Quick-dry sneakers or special rubber sandals will do.
  • Take plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, and headgear.
  • Be careful and watch out for rocks may fall, even in the dry season.

Avacas Gorge is the perfect place to feel like Indiano Jones, overcoming obstacles and blending in with the wilderness.

Alla Bregova