Cape Greco National Forest Park
Cape Greco National Forest Park is located east of Agia Napa and south of Protaras on a rocky promontory. This area of unspoiled natural beauty covers 385 hectares of land and has been declared a National Forest Park and preserved area since 1993.
The ideal hiking destination in Ayia Napa is here as the Cape Greco Natural Forest Park features a network of nature trails. Hikers can enjoy a walk through miniature pines and juniper framed by clear blue skies. Beautiful species to explore from the Cyprus Flora are scattered through this forest. There are 14 species endemic to Cyprus. During spring several types of orchids and rare flower species bloom here. As far as the Fauna is concerned the park is home to foxes, hares and hedgehogs and to more than 80 species of birds, lizard and butterflies. There are benches along the trails allowing visitors to rest and overlook at the clear waters. One of the trails is part of the European Long Distance Trail E4, which is running from Gibraltar to Cyprus. Another trail is the Aphrodite nature trail which is 2 kilometers long and runs along the north - east coast of the Cape Greco promontory. It is part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route. Cycling is also an activity to take up when in Cape Greco National Park. Follow on of the special cycling paths to excercise and explore the area.
Ayioi Anargyroi Chapel is a stop not to miss. This white and blue chapel is built on a cliff. Follow the stairs leading down to the sea cave where the Holy Water of Ayioi Anargyroi exists. Inside the park, there is a lighthouse, while walkers may come across ruins of an ancient temple devoted to goddess Aphrodite. Another option is to take the trail leading to the Cyclops's cave and a nearby picnic site to have some rest. Konnos breathtaking beach is situated at the east side of the park featuring a small bay with clean, turquoise waters, surrounded by pine trees. It has ample parking, restaurants and toilets.
The coastline is unique with spectacular views of the limestone cliffs and the turquoise waters. The Mediterranean waves have shaped those cliffs in unique rocky formations. A boat trip along the coasts of the promontory is the best and most enjoyable way to admire and explore the unique formations of the coastline with the cliffs and the numerous sea caves. The boats anchor near the caves which are known by the name Palaces. There is a formation of ten meter long limestone that has been naturally carved to form arches looking like a palace. The area of Cape Greco is also a popular diving site, due to warm waters with a temperature between 16C to 28C all year round. Visibility reaches 40 meters. Many divers choose this spot to explore a vivid and interesting sea fauna.