The Akamas (Greek: Ακάμας) is a promontory and cape at the northwest extremity of Cyprus with an area of 230 square kilometres. Ptolemy described it as a thickly wooded headland. Divided into two by summits [a mountain range] rising towards the north. The peninsula is named after a son of Theseus. The hero of the Trojan War and founder of the city-kingdom of Soli.
The Akamas Peninsula – Uniquely unspoilt
Until the year 2000, the peninsula was used by the British Army and Royal Navy for military exercises and as a firing range. Under the 1960 Treaty of Establishment, the British Army was allowed to use the Akamas for exercises for up to 70 days a year.
At the southern end of the peninsula is the town of Pegeia. And, on its northeast side the town of Polis. Due to the mountainous nature of the peninsula, there are no roads running through its heartland. Furthermore, some roads marked on Cypriot road maps of the area are not tarmacked. Visitor attractions in Akamas include a loggerhead turtle. The Sanctuary and the Baths of Aphrodite where the goddess is said to have bathed. As the area is therefore relatively inaccessible, there is a large diversity of flora and fauna here. Indeed, the European Environment Agency noted that it was one of only 22 areas of endemism in Europe.
Latchi Queen sails daily along the Akamas peninsula. Morning and afternoon and in the Summer for special event cruising. You can find out more by going to the ‘Reservations‘ page. If you have any questions, then please: email, or call. We are here to help.