Natural Attractions on the Island of Cyprus
The beautiful island of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, south-east of Greece and south of Turkey. The island enjoys a mild climate and has a rich natural heritage.
The following are just some of the many natural attractions that visitors can explore during their Cyprus vacation.
Cyprus offers a variety of different beaches to suit everyone. These include golden, white and dark sandy beaches, pebble and rocky beaches, isolated in green or desert environments, lagoon-style with rough waters like the sea; this list goes on and on. All the beaches are very clean with more than 50 have received the blue flag. Over 30 of the island’s beaches have facilities for disabled visitors.
Ayia Napa Nissi Beach, Protaras Bay Beach and Konnos Beach to the east have soft golden sands and calm clear waters while Larnaca beaches have much darker sands. The beaches of Limassol have many hotels on the coast while the Pissouri, there are high cliffs on both sides of the bay. The beaches of Paphos are similar to those of Limassol but if you are looking for more secluded beaches you should go to Latchi or Polis. For complete isolation, the Lara coast, west of the Akamas peninsula, will provide you with the complete solitude you are looking for! Some of the beaches east of Limassol are quite amazing with a combination of white rock and black sand. Be aware that on the west coast, north of Paphos, the seas tend to be much rougher than in other parts of the island.
West of Paphos to Ayia Napa and Cape Greko, there are very interesting sea caves with an ideal setting to explore. It should be noted that if you enter the caves, you should make sure not to disturb the bats and other animals that use the caves as a refuge.
Walks and hikes
Walkers and hikers are spoiled for choice in Cyprus. The Troodos Mountains and the Paphos Forest offer many walks in green surroundings, including Platy Valley, Cedar Valley, and The Caledonia Waterfalls. The Akamas Peninsula offers a perfect environment where you can walk along the coast to the northwest of the island. Between Ayia Napa and Protaras is Cape Greko Park which, although relatively small, is ideal for the whole family to explore. Walking through the Troodos Mountains, you will come across interesting (artificial) Venetian bridges, small waterfalls (the best are in the Platres region) and ancient trees. Thirty of these trees have been declared “natural monuments”, all of them over 100 years old and some over 1000 years old.
Dams and lakes
Many visitors to Cyprus do not realize that the island has many wetlands and dams. Many wetlands attract bird watchers, while dams attract fishermen. The most important wetlands are found in Akrotiri and Larnaca, and some of the most interesting dams are the Lefkara dam, the Evretou dam, and the Xyliatos dam.
Many hikers find the summer heat too hot for anything too intense and prefer to visit the island in early spring when the mountains are green and green with fruit trees in full bloom. Spring temperatures are in the 1920s with lots of suns, perfect for exploring Cyprus on foot. There are always plenty of last-minute vacations to Cyprus on the Internet, perfect for exploring the natural wonders of the island.