Establishment of a Plant Micro-reserve Netwrok in Cyprus for the Conservation of Priority Species and Habitats


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Avakas Gorge


Avakas Gorge

A masterpiece of nature, Avakas Gorge is situated at Akamas peninsula, northwest of Paphos. A trekker's paradise, it offers spectacular views and a generous introduction to local flora and fauna, including the endangered species Centaurea akamantis - a rare endemic plant found almost exclusively in the gorge. Carved out of limestone rocks, about 30 m high and narrowing dramatically at one point, the gorge is a fairly difficult hike as the rough track winds its way along and over the stream that formed this natural wonder over thousands of years. Parts of the walk are slippery and involve a certain amount of clambering over rocks and stones.

It is noted that it took 90 million years to Avakas Gorge to get this form. It is Canyon type, ie narrow and very high. It has taken this name (Canyon type) from the Canyon gorge in Colorado, USA. The gorge is 3 Km long.

Rich in flora, the gorge has pine trees, cypresses, junipers, wild fig trees, ferns and oaks among other trees as well as a profusion of wild flowers. Fauna includes foxes, hares, falcons, crows, night owls, butterflies and a large number of reptiles.

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