Avakas Gorge Trail

PEGEIA WEATHER
Avakas Gorge Trail

Linear Trail

Avakas Gorge is located near the bay of Toxeftras, accompanies Akamas in the province of Paphos. You will find it as you head towards Agio Georgio (Saint George) of Pegia. The specific gorge is an untold grandeur for nature lovers. There one meets a vastness of fauna and flora such as pistachia, oleander, porcupines, hares, lizards and frogs. The ending part of the gorge is in the stream with the water never running dry throughout the year. The difficulty level is doubted by many nature lovers. Some claim it is arduous due to the height of the gorge and the slippery rocks of the stream, there is also a continues worry about unexpected landslides. On the other hand many say there is no reason of concern, that it is even suitable for small children who are in hiking groups. Our planet having as nature as an assistant and the copious vegetation as a tool and the rocky complexes of land and water has designed the geological grounds of Cyprus as it pleased with the passing of time, without us tiny humans realising. As a modern Michelangelo sketched his own Sistine Chapel on the grounds of the Paphos province. The gorge is surrounded by ferns, wild fig trees, oak trees and a plethora of wild flowers.

8.2 km
3 hours
305 m
Medium
Trans Alps Adventure
Things You Don’t Want to Miss

Starting point

Avakas Gorge, following the Agios Georgios Pegeias – Toxeftra road for 2.5km and heading east from where Toxeftra Bay begins. Length: 1.2km – Duration: 45 minutes – Degree of difficulty: 2

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Avakas Gorge Trail

Points of interest

The Avakas Gorge Trail is located in the homonymous gorge, within Pegeia state forest with the end of the trail located inside the gorge. It follows the course of the Avgas River, from where the gorge gets its name and resulted from constant erosive activity on the erodible, sloping limestone rocks composed of loams, chalks, reef and grain limestone and bentonitic clays. The gorge is also a Natura 2000 area. The trail firstly follows a dirt road (closed to private vehicles) through an open valley, then takes you into the gorge. In its last section, the trail is in the stream, in which water usually flows throughout the year. The route through the gorge is characterised by thick vegetation and a particularly attractive, shady and moist environment.

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Tips & Resources

Necessary Gear

1. Do not move outside the signs along the trail so that you can protect the rare plant types within the forested area.
2. Do not smoke and keep your food inside your backpacks. Protect the environmental treasure from unexpected fires.
3. Do not make unnecessary noise. Respect the natural world of the birds, the animals and enjoy the natural sounds.
4. Maintain the space clean. Leave your trash in the bins or choose to take them with you.
5. Spend the night in the visitors’ camp sites.
6. The entrance to vehicles within the path is not allowed.
7. Protect the natural beauty by avoiding cutting branches, bushes or unrooting plants and carving trees.
8. The lighting of fires in protected areas is strictly prohibited. Respect what is offered from nature and the camping site. Lighting fires is allowed ONLY in special barbecue sites.
Inform immediately the Forestry Department on +357 22805511 or 1407 (Emergency contact, 24 hour a day) if you see smoke or fire.
The responsible environmental consciousness can improve our planet. Remember nature is accommodates us. It opens its heart into her world. Respect her home, her residents, the flora and fauna.
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