Moving time  3 hours 12 minutes

Time  7 hours 28 minutes

Coordinates 1886

Uploaded March 25, 2019

Recorded March 2019

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near Pégeia, Eparchía Páfou (Cyprus)

Bring gum boots and wear it when you have to walk in river bed. If path is not clear use the river bed as walking path no way out before end of the gorge. No waterfalls , no deep water so mostly okay to walk in river if no other footpath available.
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This walk, on the southern perimeter of the island’s Akamas peninsula, offers something a little different: a combination of impressive gorge walking, including rock scrambling and hill climbing, followed by a ramble through beautiful unspoiled countryside, a chance to swim at the beautiful Lara Bay and finally returning alongside clear blue seas. You will have an opportunity to see some great views like this…
but there is a trade-off. You should bear the following points carefully in mind if you’re going to give this one a go:

the walk is really only suitable at certain times of the year. The gorge can become impassable if there’s too much water, which pretty much rules it out in winter. Whilst the summer may well be better, the exposed countryside stretch above the gorge and down by the sea offers almost no shade at all. We wouldn’t consider attempting this in hot weather – it was more than hot enough at the end of October! In our view, this walk probably works best in late spring or autumn.
you need to be fairly fit to walk the full length of the gorge. The path is not clearly defined and you will need to do some occasional scrambling across rocks, up and down scree, criss-crossing water and struggling through thorn bushes! A degree of confidence and sure-footedness is required, and you really should wear walking boots for this one.
a good measure of intuitive determination is also required for the gorge section of the walk. There are no formal signs and few clear landmarks – you will need to rely on a good sense of direction, a few cairns and a confidence that the path you are taking will bring you to the end of the gorge.
it’s probably not a good idea to attempt the walk on your own. Whilst others do walk the gorge it’s by no means a popular route and we didn’t see anyone else there at all. It seems unlikely that there would be any phone signal in the gorge and, once you are out of the gorge, the surrounding countryside is pretty deserted. Make sure you have plenty of water for the second part of the walk.
If all of this sounds rather off-putting, most of its really just common sense. This walk is varied, beautiful in a number of ways and offers some great views of different aspects of the island. We highly recommend it!
https://cypruswalks.net/paphos-area-walks/avakas-gorge-lara-bay/


In the province of Pafos, there are many places of wonderful natural beauty. Especially in the Akamas National Park. One of these natural beauties is the most impressive and famous gorge of Cyprus, the "Gorge of Avaka", a gorge treasure for lovers of natural trails.

You can reach the gorge by following the road of Agios Georgios Pegeas - Toxefterra. The creation of the Gorge is believed to have started after the area's emergence from the sea millions of years ago. The long-lasting action of the river "Eggs" followed the sloping and diffuse limestone geological background of the area, composed of chalks, marls, limestones, granular limestones, and bentonite clays. The Abbey Gorge was named after the Eggs River.

To get to the Avakas Gorge it is initially a dirt road that leads to an open valley and then to the gorge. In the final part of the path, the trail is in the stream, where water usually flows all the time. In this final part, there is dense vegetation.

The gorge has an elevation of 45 meters at first and at the end about 150 meters.
The combination of cool air, flowing water and ultimate tranquility is ideal for someone who wants to come closer to nature. The tranquility of the area is interwoven with the name of the gorge since "avaka" in ancient Greek means speechless. When we say an avakas location, we mean a location in absolute peace.

The smells of the flowers and the shrubs are capable of "intoxicating" us. The variety of colors offered by the different types of vegetation is very intense, while there are times when the landscape looks like a fairytale.

Narrow limestone walls, rocks hanging from above like floating, shrubs with huge branches are sprouted in the most incredible spots.

In the Avakas Gorge, endemic plants such as: reed, invisible, thornybroom (Calycotomevillosa), common smilax, oleander, oranges and endemic Akamascentaury (Centaureaakamantis) are grown.

This place is also a paradise for bird watchers since every year the region is visited by several fanatic observers. The species of birds found are quite numerous. Some of them are also strictly protected. A former resident of the area was also the vulture, which is rarely encountered. Additionally, there is a rich fauna such as fox, hare, hedgehog, Cypriot stepladder (endemic), Dasogiannoudi (endemic), Gionis (endemic), partridge, small owl, kestrel, fissure, Stallion lizard, frog, iridescent frog, tree frog.

https://www.cyprusalive.com/en/location/avakas-gorge-linear

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Start end point car park

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Simplest straight path to the Avakas car park

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First river cross

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Abandoned citrus plant

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Avakas car park

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Very old olive tree stump

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Entrance of the gorge

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Warning by Forest Ministry

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Another warning about falling rocks

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End of gorge narrow part

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Start to get out from gorge

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Bench of hope to get out soon..

false hope you still need to walk quite a lot in river
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Rear end of gorge

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Beautiful old olive tree

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Mud road

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The End at the car park before darkness

5 comments

  • Steve Douglas Jul 2, 2019

    Wow, so beautiful!

  • Photo of Ernő Dakó

    Ernő Dakó Mar 3, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Avakas_the_Gorge_ous!
    Another 'must hike' trail ...
    On the plateau (after the end of gorge) I couldn't find any "real" signs to the main dirt road. I followed a goat trail straight-up ... yep, bushes again ... But after a while i got to the goat/chicken/rabbit farm. So there is no wrong way, sooner or later you'll reach the dirt road.
    THX CyprusMustSee, great work again!!!

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    HikingFun Mar 3, 2020

    Thank you for your review!

  • Photo of Maggie Wink

    Maggie Wink Sep 3, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    A really interesting trail with some amazing rock formations, vegetation and wildlife on the way. Meet wild goats, huge lizards, and colorful butterflies on your way up and as you pass through the gorge, expect to climb on slippery rocks and tread through some water pools that mark the stream which runs in the gorge. Would recommend an early morning or late afternoon start however as the sun sets quite quickly, you may not be able to complete the whole trail if you leave it for the afternoon. Heat, especially in summer, is an issue so leave an extra set of clothes in your car to change into when you complete the trail.

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    HikingFun Sep 3, 2020

    Thank you for your review!

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