Hiking The Kavo Gkreko
The 6th most popular hiking trail in Cyprus.
Tuesday 12 July 2016 04:45 GMT
National Forest Park at the southeastern end of the island between Agia 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, towed parachute, fishing, rowing, cycling, riding, climbing, airsports, and hiking.
The vegetation is dominated by coastal shrubs of which the most frequent observed species is Juniperus Phoenicea and plants such as chrysanthemums, wild onions, poppies, anemones, mainly in spring time.
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.
Konnoi - Spilia Kyklopa (Cyclop£s Cave)
Starting point: Konnoi Beach
Length: 2.4 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of interest: A walk along the coast leading to natural caves, the best known of which is the Cyclop£s cave. A kiosk operates on Konnoi beach.
Konnoi - Agioi Anargyroi
Starting Point: Konnoi Beach
Length: 1.4 kms Time: 1/2 hour
Points of interest: A walk along the coast which ends at the little church of Agioi Anargyroi, built over a sea cave which, according to tradition, was the home of St. Kosmas and St.Damianos.
Agioi Anargyroi (Circular)
Starting point: Church of Agioi Anargyroi
Length: 2.3 kms Time: 1 hour
Points of interest: Dense vegetation, mainly Juniper Phoenicea, and a picnic site.
Agioi Anargyroi - Thalassines Spilies (Sea Caves)
Starting Point: Church of Agioi Anargyroi
Length: 4 kms Time: 2 hours
Points of interest: A beautiful walk along the coast. The sea caves are accessible only by sea and the area is suitable for diving.
Thalassines Spilies (Sea Caves) (Circular)
Starting Point: Agia Napa-Kavo Gkreko road, 6 kms east of Agia Napa.
Length: 3.6 kms Time: 2 hours
Points of interest: A walk along the coast which at certain points is very steep and craggy.
Starting point: Old quarry, parking area
Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
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.
There are three trails in this area which is well known for its golden sandy beaches and its windmills.
Profitis Ilias - Konnoi Beach
Starting Point: The little church of Prophet Elijah. Access from the Kavo Gkreko - Paralimni Road. The trail leads to Konnoi Beach.
Length: 8.5 kms Time: 3 hours.
Points of interest: A view from the little church of Profitis Ilias. Chapels of Agioi Saranta and Agios Ioannis.
Panagia - Agioi Saranta
Starting Point: Church of Panagia (the Virgin) (300 metres to the left of the Kavo Gkreko - Protaras Road) to the Church of Agioi Saranta
Length: 2.5 kms Time: 1 hour
Panagia - Agios Ioannis
Starting point: Church of Panagia (the Virgin) (300 metres to the left of the Kavo Gkreko - Paralimni Road) to the chapel of Agios Ioannis.
Length: 2.8 kms Time: 1 hour.
Cyprus is known for its extensive trail network through the Troodos Mountains. In all, there are 48 well marked trails covering 200km with varying levels of difficulty.
Overall, Kavo Gkreko is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Cyprus.