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There are more than 160 types of birds in the Akamas Peninsula, as well as other animals like hedgehogs, foxes, shrews and lizards.
© Michael Turtle

The Akamas Peninsula

One of the best ways to explore the Akamas Peninsula is with an organised Jeep tour that takes you to the highlights of this beautiful natural preserve.

The Akamas Peninsula has a rich flora and fauna, some of which are rare and endemic. Birds and animals can be spotted as you drive along the unpaved roads that connect different parts of the peninsula. You'll also be able to see the changes in the landscapes as you head from the sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs, through the shrublands of the plains and up into the mountain forests and the deep gorges. You will also get a different impression of these landscapes, depending on the season!

The coastal areas of the Akamas Peninsula are particularly beautiful and offer lots of opportunities to swim. – © Michael Turtle
The coastal areas of the Akamas Peninsula are particularly beautiful and offer lots of opportunities to swim. – © Michael Turtle

One of the area’s joys is that development is limited in the Akamas Peninsula, as it is protected for its natural assets, as part of the Natura 2000 network. This also means it may be difficult to explore, because there are no sealed roads in the park. Heading out with a local jeep driver not only gets you to the most visit-worthy locations, it also means you'll have a guide who can explain what you're seeing.

Most of the roads are too difficult to drive without an all-terrain vehicle like a Jeep. – © Michael Turtle
Most of the roads are too difficult to drive without an all-terrain vehicle like a Jeep. – © Michael Turtle

Along the coast, the beaches offer the best stop for a swim or a rest. You'll also be able to see the conservation projects that are taking place to help look after the sea turtles that use the sand to lay their eggs. You can also enjoy a boat cruise to experience the coastal beauty of Akamas, as well as swimming, diving, and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the area.

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The Akamas Peninsula