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Coral Bay

Coral Bay - a chic, elegant and very popular resort near Paphos, whose position is the most picturesque, comfortable and impressive her naturalness in Cyprus. In addition, Coral Bay is still the best sandy beach in Paphos, as well as two of the most popular hotels in this part of the Mediterranean - «Coral Beach Resorts» 5 stars and «Thalassa» 5 + stars.

Coral Bay Attractions

Akamas Peninsula

One of the last unspoiled places on the coast of Cyprus is located on the west'll save the Akamas peninsula. The landscape is sometimes bare rocks and thickets of plants, including rare. Akamas Nature is truly unique. Especially rich diversity of flora - of 1500 plant species growing in Cyprus, almost half the increase here. This sage, mint, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, hyssop, thistle, euonymus, mallow, alfalfa, buckwheat, lupine and many  others. Including endemic, such as orchids. Honey, which is based on local plants make pollen the bees, is considered the most tasty and healthy in Cyprus.

With the Akamas peninsula, located in the north-western part of Cyprus, in 48 kilometers from Paphos, is associated with many ancient legends and mythological subjects. Legendary Homer once called it - "the fragrant island flowers."

Akamas - a unique place where nature is preserved in its original form. Flora and fauna of the peninsula is rich and varied, as Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three vegetation zones: Europe, Asia and Africa. Here there are: arbutus, wild plum, Royal Oak, green tree, oriental plane tree, myrtle tree, alder and others. From field and forest plants can be found: mountain flower and orchid, cyclamen and tulips, mountain lavender, as well as listed in the Red Book of pink-purple peonies.

On the peninsula, there are 168 species of birds, among which are the rare Vulture griffon, and 20 species of reptiles. Also there are majestic moufflons, pleases the eye with a diverse motley world of butterflies. For many years, work has been carried out to rescue sea turtles living in the Akamas region. From year to year, the green (Chelonia midas) and the common (Caretta Caretta) sea turtles come to the dunes of Lara Beach to lay hundreds of thousands of eggs in small coves here. In the Paphos area, there is an incubator station engaged in the conservation and artificial reproduction of sea turtles. A systematic work is being carried out to protect reptiles, to protect their habitats, especially breeding grounds, feeding and wintering.

On the plateau of Laon, there is a three-kilometer canyon Avakas with its mysterious caves. Several years ago in the forest of Akamas, at a depth of 70 meters, a labyrinth was discovered, of which only a few local shepherds knew, but they did not dare to go down there because of its inaccessibility. The cave has two exits, which are now permanently closed for precautionary reasons. To get inside the cave, you need to go through one of the moves, the diameter of which is three meters, and then creep along the thirty-meter-long hole, after which a zigzag tunnel opens, a length of twenty meters, where a person can already become fully grown. Having overcome some distance, you get to the gallery with huge stalactites and stalagmites. Thousands of bats live here. It is possible to imagine the surprise of researchers who descended to such a depth with the help of special equipment when they discovered an ancient pottery and a copper arrowhead. How these objects were in a cave, probably, it will never be possible to find out, although scientists hope to solve this riddle.

Cyprus researchers have long been interested in the origin of the name of the peninsula. It is assumed that the word "Akamas" means "akavtos", that is, "non-burning". In favor of this opinion speaks the fact that the well-known Cypriot chronicler Leontios Macheras wrote about how the Saracens (as the Europeans called the Arab conquerors), repeatedly attacking the island, robbed and burned it. After one such raid, Cyprus was burned to ashes - only Mount Akamas remained. Supporters of another version cite the word "akamat" as proof of their rightness, which in the dialect of Cyprus means an uninhabited area. Picturesque landscapes of Akamas, petrified shells, fragments of ceramic vessels, reminiscent of the settlements existing here in ancient times, gave birth to many legends and legends.

The history of the peninsula is closely connected with Greek mythology. For example, the myth, about Theseus, who defeated the Cretan beast - the Minotaur with the help of the royal daughter of Ariadne, in one of the changed variants takes us to Cyprus. The ship on which Theseus escaped from Crete with his beloved Ariadne, her sister Fedra and the people rescued from the monster, was struck by a terrible storm to the shores of Cyprus. Here the hero was forced to leave Ariadne, who was waiting for the child and could not continue swimming with everyone. After a while, Theseus returned after her and bitterly found out that Ariadne had died during childbirth.

Returning to his native Athens, where he was a king, Theseus married the sister of Ariadne, who gave him two sons. Many years later, one of them - Akamas, famous for his strength and agility, Theseus succeeded to the throne. People loved and honored his new king that raised him a monument in Athens. There is a hypothesis that the peninsula in ancient times was fairly advanced civilization, the center of which was Akamantida. But it should not yet been found.

Do not forget to bring your bathing suits, towels and mats, going to the Akamas. Sandy beaches and azure Akamas clean sea will not leave you indifferent.

Peyia village

This cozy picturesque mountain village has much to offer tourists. It is here that the ruins of early Christian basilicas period, the famous fountains. Village Tavern also will not leave anyone indifferent. The village itself is also of ethnographic interest due to the set-preserved old buildings.

Maa Palaokastro

This area is the first ancient Mycenaean settlements in the region is a small peninsula. Here you will find a small hall with a description of the settlements that were here the map of trade routes in the Mediterranean in ancient times.

A small museum at Maa-Paleokastro is located within the excavation Maa-Paleokastro. The museum was built by the architect 1989 Andrea Bruno and features original and unusual design. It is located in Coral Bay (Coral Bay), where approximately 1200 BC the first Mycenaean Greeks settled in Cyprus, who arrived here after the fall of the Mycenaean kingdoms in mainland Greece. The museum traces the history of colonization of the island by the Greeks. It created a small collection of artifacts, mainly copies, and selective educational information about the excavations.

The museum was created at the expense of the charity Foundation AG Leventis. Architect Andrea Bruno wanted it to be a "Museum of Nothing", a place for reflection memory. However, together with the Department of Antiquities, it was decided to combine the museum with a small exhibition, the exhibition which consists mainly of copies and educational documents that illustrate the theme of Mycenaean influence on the culture of Cyprus.

Working timeNovember - March: Daily: 08: 30 - 17: 00, April - October: 08: 00 - 18: 00.
Entrance fee: 1,71 euros.

Bird Park and Zoo Paphos

This picturesque park is both a zoo in the region of Paphos. Here you can take a walk with the whole family on the road inspecting various animals. Among the exotic you are sure to encounter giraffes and giant tortoises. This park is rightly called the Bird, because only here you can find so many different species of parrots, peacocks meet freely, to admire the white and pink flamingos. Cafes and a small ethnographic museum and will delight you and your family.

The only zoo in Cyprus is located at 15 km from Paphos. The park is located on 100 000 sq. M in a natural environment. The park was formed on the basis of one of the most extensive in the world private collection of birds Christos Christopher. This unique park acquaints visitors with one of the largest collection of birds (among them exotic parrots, rhino birds, toucans, eagles, owls, peacocks, decorative pheasants, waterfowl), animals such as deer, antelope, gazelle, raccoon, giraffe, monkeys, reptiles, giant turtles. The park aims to preserve the flora and fauna, create conditions for the appearance of offspring of birds and animals. In the park, parrots show. The park is open for visitors all year round.

Snake park (terrarium)

A small piece of land filled with the most different types of snakes and other reptiles. Organized nearly enthusiasm today Reptile Park is very popular among tourists.

Church of St. George

A small church is located in an amazingly beautiful place. If you take a photo, you will get a church on the background of serene blue sky: it seems to be floating in the air. With extensive grounds around the church offers a beautiful view of the fishing harbor. The church is always open to visitors. You will be able to light a candle and pray, and no one you will not interfere with your communication directly from God.

Antique Basilica and the rock-cut tombs

The picturesque ruins and caves carved into the rock on which is built the church of St. George. These ruins make a truly lasting impression.

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