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near Neo Chorio, Eparchía Páfou (Cyprus)
The Aphrodite Trail, situated in the Akamas state forest, begins at the famous Baths of Aphrodite. To get there, follow the coastal road of Poli Chrysochous – Neo Chorio and turn right about one kilometre before the village of Neo Chorio following the signs for Baths of Aphrodite. You can leave your vehicle at the Baths of Aphrodite car park.
The trail is circular and for about 2.5 km coincides with the Adonis Trail, up until the historical location of Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Tower of the Queen). This section of the trail is rocky and on an uphill slope. According to local legend, this is the route that the Cypriot goddess, Paphia Aphrodite, used to follow, after taking her bath, to reach her tower and rest under the huge oak tree that still exists today. The trail then continues in a north-westerly uphill direction until Moutti tis Sotiras, from where it follows a downhill route toward the Baths of Aphrodite. Along the trail you will find interest points relating to local
plants, shrubs and trees (e.g. lentisk, wild sage, Cyprus golden-drop, strawberry tree, juniper) and to geological formations, such as limestone layers (kafkalla) and serpentinites. The trail also includes a stone water fountain and drinking
water springs (one near the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigainas and one between Baths of Aphrodite and Kakoskali). It offers an impressive panoramic view of Chrysochou Bay, Pafos forest and the rocky islets of Chamili and Agios Georgios at Baths of Aphrodite. Nature and beauty meet legend and history at Baths of Aphrodite and Pyrgos tis Rigainas!
There is a café-restaurant and kiosk in the Baths of Aphrodite area, where you can enjoy
the Cypriot cuisine, rest and get information about the Akamas Peninsula. You also have the opportunity to walk around the small botanical garden that holds specimens of the peninsula’s rich flora.
Flora: The endemic plants you may see include the Cyprus Golden–Drop (Onosma fruticosa), Cyprus sage (Phlomis cypria var. occidentalis).
Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:
Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.
Birds: Wood pigeon, partridge, Cyprus warbler (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic).
The forest serves as a resting point for many migratory birds.
Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, black whip snake.