Located on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, Cape Greco National Forest Park stands as a magnificent testament to nature's artistry. Nestled near the charming town of Protaras, this protected area covers approximately 385 hectares and offers an awe-inspiring blend of coastal beauty and rugged landscapes. A Wonderland of Biodiversity Cape Greco National Forest Park is a biodiversity hotspot, boasting an incredible array of plant and animal species. The park is home to rare and endemic flora, including Cyprus cedar, juniper, and wild thyme. As you venture through the trails, the sweet scent of wildflowers will enchant your senses.
The park's coastal cliffs and crystal-clear waters provide a sanctuary for a variety of marine life. Lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of sea turtles, colorful fish, and even playful dolphins dancing in the azure waters. Stunning Coastal Scenery Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts are in for a treat at Cape Greco. The park's rugged coastline is a photographer's dream, with its dramatic cliffs and sea caves carved by centuries of relentless waves. One of the most iconic spots is the breathtaking sea arch, known as "Bridge of Love," where visitors can capture stunning shots of the sunset.
Hiking Trails for Every Explorer Cape Greco National Forest Park offers a network of well-maintained hiking trails, catering to hikers of all levels. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, the park has something to offer. The Aphrodite Trail, named after the mythical goddess of love, takes you on a gentle path adorned with wildflowers and striking vistas of the Mediterranean. For the more adventurous, the Cyclops Trail offers a thrilling hike along the cliff edges, providing panoramic views of the deep blue sea below. Remember to bring your camera and plenty of water, as you'll want to capture every moment and stay hydrated during your journey.
A Diver's Paradise Beyond its terrestrial wonders, Cape Greco National Forest Park extends its charm beneath the surface. The park's crystalline waters are a paradise for divers and snorkelers alike. Beneath the waves, you'll encounter an underwater world teeming with marine life, ancient shipwrecks, and stunning rock formations. The park's designated diving areas ensure that this underwater wonderland remains protected for generations to come.
Preserving Nature's Legacy Cape Greco National Forest Park is a treasured natural gem, and preserving its pristine beauty is a collective responsibility. Visitors are encouraged to adhere to the park's guidelines, refrain from leaving any trace, and respect the delicate ecosystems that call this sanctuary home.
In conclusion, Cape Greco National Forest Park in Protaras is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering an exquisite blend of coastal wonders and terrestrial beauty. Whether you're exploring the hiking trails, diving into the depths of the sea, or simply basking in the serenity of the landscape, the park promises an unforgettable experience for all who venture here.
The basic aims of the park are:
- Protection of the area and all the nature parameters in general.
- The promotion of recreation and tourism with a programmed provision of important facilities.
- The development of endemic prey with the application of intense management measures in specific areas.
The National Forest Park of Cavo Greco has a picnic site, a kiosk, parking areas, a bike path of 4 kilometres length, a nature trail of 16 kilometres and a trail for horses.
Cavos (view point), Sea caves, Agioi Anargyroi Chapel, Konnos Beach, Cyclopes’ Cave.
From a plant point of view this area belongs to the conformation of hard leaves, known as makkia vegetation with the main type being the Juniperus phoenicea. The area has around 400 different types of plants out of which 14 are endemic and another 14 are considered to be rare.
In the area one may meet a variety of mammals such as the fox (Vulpes vulpes), the hare (Lepus europaeus), and the porcupine (Hemiechinus auritus dorothea), a variety of reptiles such as snakes and lizards as well as a large variety of butterflies. In the bird kingdom about 80 different types have been recorded, most of them being endemic.
Information: District Forest Operation of Nicosia, Larnaca, Ammochostos.
Rules of conduct for Visitors
Visitors of picnic and camping sites should follow some basic rules of conduct to ensure the least possible harm to the environment but also to ensure the comfort of other guests.
The most important of these rules are the following:
- Fires permitted only in grills provided. In some picnic areas, such as in Asinou and Athalassa, the lighting of fire is not allowed at all.
- Before leaving the area, make sure the coals that have been used, have extinguished completely, even if you have stored them in the premises that may exist for this purpose.
- The use of wood and the preparation of food from the forest is not allowed. Every visitor must arrange to have the necessary amount of charcoal.
- Keep the area clean. Collect all the rubbish that have emerged and put them in bins. If for any reason there are no bins or if it is full, then take your trash with you. Do not leave plastic bags outside, because they are usually scattered by stray dogs, foxes etc.
- Do not make unnecessary noises, respect the rights of the others for peace and quiet.
- Cutting plants, tree bark harassing nests, damaging the environment are banned by the forestry legislation.
- Park your car in parking lots and not next to the tables.
- Use the water with caution. Don't waste it.
- Solicit other guests to obey by the basic rules of conduct.
If you notice a fire, immediately call the number 1407 (24 hours, toll-free)