Avakas Gorge
Avakas Gorge
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Trek through the narrow rock walls and soak in the breathtaking scenery of Avakas Gorge. Be prepared to climb over some big rocks and step carefully on slippery stones as the gorge gets narrower. You might even spot mountain goats along the way. The best time to visit is during the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Avakas Gorge is also less than 15 miles from Paphos, making it a fantastic day trip from the city. When you're done exploring the canyon, head over to nearby Lara Beach for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. – Tripadvisor
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  • ElenaK0403
    London, United Kingdom390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking
    Breathtakingly stunning. Highly recommend this to everyone. I do however recommend you go early before the heat sets in, it is after all quite challenging but it’s definitely worth it. Also I noticed on the way there a lot of cars parked quite a distance away from the entrance due to lack of signage. There is parking right near the beginning of the footpath so if your car can definitely park nearer. Make sure you are wearing good hiking boots or trainers and insect repellent and take plenty of water too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • beccat
    Doncaster, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque walk - pretty pink flowers
    A stunning 3km walk through the most picturesque gorge lined with pretty pink flowers. We walked this on the coolest day of the week (approx 25 degrees C). The gorge is fairly sheltered from direct sun so it's not too bad walking, even when it's hot. Take a rucksack, plenty of water and sturdy shoes as there is some challenging terrain ie stepping stones / climbing / water etc. We decided to walk back on one of the jeep / buggy routes rather than repeating the same walk back, with was nice. Lots of goats with bells on which was nice to see / hear. Finish your trip with a lunch at Viklari the last castle just up the hill!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Chris
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and stunning walk through the Gorge.
    Take the top road signposted the Akamas. The road is suitable for normal cars, but can get a bit rough, so just take your time. There is a dedicated car park at the start of the trail. Get there early before all the tourists arrive on the safaris, it is nice to explore on your own in peace and quiet. We arrived at 7.45am and left at around 9.30am when all the safari tours were arriving. The trail is around 5km in total. You will need decent footwear, trainers or walking shoes/boots, you have to climb over rocks and walk through water, some of the rocks can be slippy. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you. It is 100% worth doing, with stunning views and beautiful wildlife. We did the walk in June, bur would love to do this walk in Feburary or March to see the stream in full flow.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • christine W
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit location
    Took our hire car about halfway down the road towards the car park and then parked it under a tree and walked the rest of the way. Realistically the car park is accessible in a 4x4 only if you value your car - or value not wrecking your hire car. Wear a hat, good shoes, and take plenty of water. The walk to the gorge is beautiful and there is so much wildlife to see. The goats are great! Walking along the gorge is stunning, but the further you go down the more you have to cross from one side of the stream to the other which gets a little precarious towards the end - but nothing too dangerous. The main car park does have toilets and there was also a van with a guy selling fresh orange juice and cold cans of drink & bottles of water. The walk is easy and relatively flat, but 100% not suitable for pushchairs.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • good_ants
    Doha, Qatar602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, cool, shaded hike near Paphos
    We kind of stumbled upon 'Avakas Gorge' while coming down the hill towards the coast, and it was a very happy diversion. We were aiming for Lara Beach area and ended up seeing the sign for Avakas, which was also on our radar, do we went. A bit of a slow, bouncy, dusty road (for 20 minutes) and we were at the carpark. Bathroom break, laced up, and 2 minutes later we were hiking! The first 5-10 minutes is flat, open, wide welcoming trail, but then you enter the gorge. It can be very slippery and wet, but when we hiked it there was a small, trickling river, few people, and cool, comforting shade. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Stubrostron
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avakas Gorge - Spectacular 3-4km walk along the floor of the gorge
    This was a complete surprise as we had gone to eat at the Last Castle restaurant a further 400m along the road. If we hadn’t have walked we may have missed the entry turning. After about half a kilometre of walking along a path you are then able to follow the floor of the gorge for a further kilometre with breathtaking views of the upper Gorge walls and the effect of the water of thousands of years. We even saw a wild mountain goat - an added bonus. Such a lovely way to spend an hour or two out of the heat of the sun as you are mostly in the shade. Fantastic experience
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Englishlakedistrict
    Lake District, United Kingdom403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there before the Jeep tours arrive at 10am
    Not the easiest place to find but partly through luck with drove up and parked at the end of the tarmac road by the small church previous reviews mention. The dirt road after that wasn't too bad, but with a small wheeled hire car we thought best not to take it further (you're not insured if you do remember). It was then a 15min walk downhill to the carpark area where the gorge walk starts and another ten to reach the more spectacular section which is well worth the effort. We got into it around 9am and had the place to ourselves. Fantastic experience. We returned back the same way once we reached the far side of the narrow section (600metres?) . By now 30+ folk were piling in from several Jeep tours and it was 10:15am. TOP TIP: Use trekking sandals with which you can happily wade in shallow water for more fun. Most folk we saw were trying to get through in trainers without getting them wet! which can't have been easy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • MarkAnnaLondon
    Doha, Qatar406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun walk up a gorge
    Fun gorge walk a short drive from Paphos. Really enjoyed this moderately challenging gorge walk, which has some cool narrow canyons. We were with our 8 year old and it took us about two hours each way. First walking up the gorge from the parking and then back down, after a picnic at the top. There's a lot of scrambling over rocks and crisscrossing the river, so expect to get your shoes a bit wet/wear shoes that aren't going to become too slippery. We were normal trainers, but wished we'd had our trail shoes. Once you reach the top plateau you can choose to carry on further up hill and also, you can take a circular route that brings you back to the car park via a different route. We did this in December and it was comfortable even in the middle of the day. If you're in Cyprus in the summer months I'd strongly recommend you start as early as possible, as I can imagine the heat becoming unbearable. Also, I wouldn't do this after heavy rains as I can imagine there's a high risk of the gorge flooding.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • SteveH250
    Victoria, Canada102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little hike
    We ended up taking the 2km walk in along the coast - the other route was much, much closer but we would have missed a great walk in along the coast. At the car park close to the trailhead there were a mixture of enduro style motorcycles, Land Rovers and small hire cars and a lone e-bike. Rock scrambles were fine - rocks are slippery, wear some decent footwear and take your time. For more experienced hikers, don't expect trail etiquette to be the norm.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 March 2024
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dandonaldson
Leeds, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Follow a dirt track off-road to a carpark, followed by a really interesting and beautiful walk. In May there was water in the Gorge and parts are slippy.. also looks quite rock-slide prone so do be careful.
Written 13 May 2024
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SteveH250
Victoria, Canada102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We ended up taking the 2km walk in along the coast - the other route was much, much closer but we would have missed a great walk in along the coast. At the car park close to the trailhead there were a mixture of enduro style motorcycles, Land Rovers and small hire cars and a lone e-bike.

Rock scrambles were fine - rocks are slippery, wear some decent footwear and take your time. For more experienced hikers, don't expect trail etiquette to be the norm.
Written 24 March 2024
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Mary
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Good fun easy walk, if you go by bus get off after the zoo and follow signs. Or go to the following stop with a cafe on the corner then follow the old route along the coast line walk
Written 11 March 2024
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MarkAnnaLondon
Doha, Qatar406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Fun gorge walk a short drive from Paphos.

Really enjoyed this moderately challenging gorge walk, which has some cool narrow canyons.

We were with our 8 year old and it took us about two hours each way. First walking up the gorge from the parking and then back down, after a picnic at the top.

There's a lot of scrambling over rocks and crisscrossing the river, so expect to get your shoes a bit wet/wear shoes that aren't going to become too slippery.

We were normal trainers, but wished we'd had our trail shoes.

Once you reach the top plateau you can choose to carry on further up hill and also, you can take a circular route that brings you back to the car park via a different route.

We did this in December and it was comfortable even in the middle of the day. If you're in Cyprus in the summer months I'd strongly recommend you start as early as possible, as I can imagine the heat becoming unbearable.

Also, I wouldn't do this after heavy rains as I can imagine there's a high risk of the gorge flooding.

Written 1 January 2024
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Englishlakedistrict
Lake District, UK403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Not the easiest place to find but partly through luck with drove up and parked at the end of the tarmac road by the small church previous reviews mention. The dirt road after that wasn't too bad, but with a small wheeled hire car we thought best not to take it further (you're not insured if you do remember). It was then a 15min walk downhill to the carpark area where the gorge walk starts and another ten to reach the more spectacular section which is well worth the effort. We got into it around 9am and had the place to ourselves. Fantastic experience. We returned back the same way once we reached the far side of the narrow section (600metres?) . By now 30+ folk were piling in from several Jeep tours and it was 10:15am. TOP TIP: Use trekking sandals with which you can happily wade in shallow water for more fun. Most folk we saw were trying to get through in trainers without getting them wet! which can't have been easy.
Written 9 November 2023
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Stubrostron
Cheltenham, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was a complete surprise as we had gone to eat at the Last Castle restaurant a further 400m along the road. If we hadn’t have walked we may have missed the entry turning. After about half a kilometre of walking along a path you are then able to follow the floor of the gorge for a further kilometre with breathtaking views of the upper Gorge walls and the effect of the water of thousands of years. We even saw a wild mountain goat - an added bonus. Such a lovely way to spend an hour or two out of the heat of the sun as you are mostly in the shade. Fantastic experience
Written 29 October 2023
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Wander56938742485
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing walk hard and easy. Need good footwear and water. Does anyone have photos of the end of trail?
Written 29 October 2023
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good_ants
Doha, Qatar602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We kind of stumbled upon 'Avakas Gorge' while coming down the hill towards the coast, and it was a very happy diversion. We were aiming for Lara Beach area and ended up seeing the sign for Avakas, which was also on our radar, do we went.
A bit of a slow, bouncy, dusty road (for 20 minutes) and we were at the carpark. Bathroom break, laced up, and 2 minutes later we were hiking! The first 5-10 minutes is flat, open, wide welcoming trail, but then you enter the gorge.
It can be very slippery and wet, but when we hiked it there was a small, trickling river, few people, and cool, comforting shade. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lucy L
Limassol, Cyprus19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The off road may be tricky, but worth the journey! Try to go early morning to avoid the groups… tip: take non slippery shoes.
Written 7 September 2023
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Sundae S
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Gorge was a great experience, although had to walk 15 minutes to get to there in the blistering sun as no real way to get there with a normal car. Recommend off road vehicle or buggy to get to the start. The car park before the gorge (the off road one) has toilets (although not the cleanest) and water refills. Suggest good shoes for the gorge, and be prepared to do some climbing. Great experience, shaded from the sun for the most part. Be mindful of falling rocks, as they are a thing and you’ll see that as you look up. Great to see the goats and the frogs and dragon flies. Super experience for all.
Written 29 July 2023
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