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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

For me it was attraction #1 in Cyprus. You can reach them if you rent a car, No excursions there with busses.
But view is stunning. Really worth to go and see. Take with you drinking water and comfortable shoes!!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Aida_Vilnius
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We always booked a car from the Spar shop a man called Andreas on the traffic lights going towards the Coral Bay do not turn left to wards the beach but carry on past the hyper market but not as far as the petrol station on your left if you look to the right you will see the Bowling Club I was able to play for 5euroes which included the shoes but the food is excellent and if you join the club there is a small discount.

If nothing takes your fancy continue past the petrol station if you slow down and look to your left you will see a large ship that has run aground the are is called the caves there is a restaurant there the food is magnificent with the best views of the caves and sea what a afternoon awaits you.

If that does not take your fancy continue turning right at the Sunset Restaurant now keep going take your time as the round becomes a track keep going with the sea on your left the road or track goes through two banking one on either side end as you go over the bridge or concreat path the road goes on to turtle beach however look to your right the road or track goes up the hill as you get to the top there is a car park you will however see cars go through a set of gates behind the hedge at the top of the hill is the Castle Restaurant this Restaurant only sells ham and chicken cooked on the barbecue with large potatoes with a magnificent salad the views are stunning and if you book which is well advised of the Avakas Gorge are breathtaking however if you have eaten you will not want to walk Gorge try tha another day.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jimparker16
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit, very worthwhile. You can reach a very pretty part of gorge by a fairly easy hike 15 minutes each way. The roads leading to the parking area are pretty rough. We parked our rental car about 400m before the destination in order to avoid driving over some very large stones. A 4x4 vehicle would have had no problem. Also, please be careful of you are depending on Waze or other GPS for navigation. If you come to a blue and white small church about 1km before the final destination, then the road ahead of you will become non-passable. We turned around and found the more-often traveled road.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank hkrsk
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We have hiked all over Cyprus, but did not know about this Gorge. Even on a hot day, you can cool off in the shade and get squirted by the cool water that drips in the gorge. Go early in the morning before it gets too hot and before the crowds that come on the jeep tours. We started before 8:00 am and were already going out of the canyon at 9:00 when the tours came. Until then we were pretty much alone.

Take the road North from Paphos to Peyia and continue straight when you get to the Sunset Restaurant. After passing the fields you will turn onto a dirt road - the road that continues to Lara Beach. After the curve downhill, you will see a large parking area on the right with a sign to Avakas Gorge and a trail map sign. (photo)

Park here and make sure you take drinking water with you (it can get very hot in Cyprus!) You do not need to go up the steep path next to the parking lot even though that is the main route. There is a path below (South of) the parking lot that takes you through the valley to the nature reserve. It is not too long a walk till you reach the entrance to the nature reserve. (photo)

From there you begin following the river, some stone stepping until you reach the narrow part of the gorge. If you get there early you will have some nice photos of the sun ray coming through the slot canyon. (photo)

You can continue hiking after the narrow gorge, but this is the most beautiful part of the canyon. After this area the hike is out in the sun with lot'st of rock hopping which can be hard on the legs.

If you are in the area, have a car and you like nature, this is a perfect short hike for the whole family.

We visited in May after a dry winter, so there was no concern about flooding or rocks falling from the canyon walls. Do check with locals if you are coming during another season.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We started at the first parking near the beach, after a short dirt road (done by normal car). From there it is about 20 min walk to the start of the trail. The hike itself was really beautiful, with lots of different vegitation, goats, enough shade and fisical exersize on different kind of paths. To get on the very top, we climbed for around 3h and to walk down we spended 1,5h. Take enough water, since you will not find any option to buy some.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LinD68
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