Avakas Gorge Paphos Reviews
Paphos District’s- Nature's Wonder Aug 01, 2011
There are times when you encounter nature and humbling realizations dawns on you: how nature is majestic and magnificent all at the same time; how man is dwarfed by the sheer size of it; how short-lived we are in compared to its timelessness; and, most importantly, how insignificant everything we can create is compared to its magic, its power and its beauty. Even though I am including many pictures of the famous Avakas Gorge, you cannot know the imposing sight of this natural wonder unless you experience it firsthand.
The access to the Avakas Gorge is not very well developed; the road is unpaved and narrow at times but being set away from the concrete world adds to its charm. Its entrance (and parking) is a dusty road impressed by gigantic honeycomb rocks that remind me of giant termite hills.
The walk to the gorge starts along a dry river bed, and if you go at the right time of day you can enjoy the music of crickets and numerous other bush inhabitants, as you start your journey.
The whole area is very rich in endemic Cypriot flora and fauna and you can’t help but notice the potent sweet smell of Oleander that fills the air on the trail. Besides this flower, you will find junipers, pine and cypress trees, fern, giant reed, and carob and olive trees. It would not be uncommon to see crows, pigeons and partridges on this walk. If you are very lucky you might come face to face with a herd of wild moufons (or mountain goats) as they show off their skilled footedness by standing on ledges you'd swear aren't wide enough. There were also hundreds of butterflies - all of different shapes, sizes, colors. For obvious reasons, the beginnings of this nature trail can make you feel like you are in Shakespeare’s Fairyland, living in the middle of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Especially when you see the marked flora of “maiden hair!”
After enjoying the splendors of nature, you'll arrive at the gorge. It was formed by the action of the Avakas River over millions of years. The rocks you will find there are characteristic of the area - mainly reef limestone and chalk. One of the best parts of the gorge is the magical display of light and shadows that comes from above. The most publicized picture of the gorge (if you Google it) is that of the big rock stuck between the two sides high up. The gorge is daunting to say the least, each ledge and outcrop of rock looks as if it will tumble with slightest of tremors, and the base of the gorge only a few feet wide, it does give you a hemmed in feeling, but in a good way.
Undoubtedly, a visit to the Avakas Gorge will allow you to experience Mother Nature as the world's greatest artist and admire her talent to patiently sculpt her work over millions of years. What a tiny insignificant speck, you and I and the rest of mankind is in the grand scheme of things!
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