Want to visit Cape Greco in Cyprus? It’s a beautiful national park and peninsula on the southeast coast that offers scenic views, hiking trails, and untouched nature.
It’s one of the best places to visit in Cyprus, and if you’re staying near Ayia Napa, Protaras or even Larnaca, you can go here easily on a day trip. You don’t have to go hiking to enjoy the picturesque views from here, and most of the points of interest on the Cape Greco peninsula are accessible by car.
The water is crystal clear and when the sea is calm, you can go for a swim. The shades of blue and turquoise are truly something special.
So are the surrounding landscapes with large open fields and mountains and cliffs, creating spectacular backdrops and opportunities for taking beautiful photos. It’s very calm and quiet around here, and a perfect place to go if you enjoy spending time outdoors.
Kamara Tou Koraka
Below is one of the most famous spots at Cape Greco, the natural bridge, also known as Kamara Tou Koraka. It’s located one kilometer south of the Agioi Anargyroi church, and there’s a parking spot right next to it.
You’re not allowed to walk on the bridge, but it’s still beautiful to admire from a safe distance.
More information about Cape Greco national park
Cape Greco, also known as Kavo Greko is a peninsula and national forest park area in southeastern Cyprus. It’s famous for its scenic views and untouched nature, and it’s a popular place for hiking as well as sightseeing with many beautiful spots.
The whole Cape Greco covers an area of 385 hectares and was designated the status as a National Forest Park in 1993. Not only is it full of natural beauty, but the peninsula and forest park is also home to many animals, such as hares, foxes, and hedgehogs. Some 80 species of birds have been recorded here as well.
Cape Greco is a haven for botanists and plant enthusiasts because you can find more than 400 unique plants within the forest national park and the peninsula, which is quite incredible considering the relatively small area. Depending on the season, you’ll see various flowers and plants in bloom.
It’s quite easy to get around here by any mean of transportation, including walking, cycling and driving. Some parts are not accessible by car though.
Climb the peak of Cape Greco and watch the sunrise or sunset
If you want to get the best views, you should hike up to the peak of Cape Greco, from where you will get a panoramic 360 view. It’s also a spectacular place to watch the sunset, and there are several benches where you can sit down and relax.
The blue lagoon
One of the most popular stops in the Cape Greco national park is the Blue lagoon. This shouldn’t be confused with the blue lagoon in Akamas, but it’s still a beautiful place to visit.
Some boat tours will stop here and tourists can swim from the boat and enjoy the crystal clear water that has an amazing turquoise color. It’s also a great place for snorkeling, so make sure to bring your snorkel gear.
Cape Greco nature trails
In total, there are 9 nature trails with a total length of 16 kilometers that you can walk in various directions. They vary in difficulty, but comfortable and sturdy shoes are recommended for all the nature trails.
The most famous trails are Agioi Anargyroi trail, Kavos trail, Thalassines Spilies, and the Profitis Elias – Konnoi trail.
The Lighthouse and the British radar station
If you continue further out on the peninsula you will reach the lighthouse and the British radar station. You will reach a dead-end, and there’s not really much to see at the tip of Cape Greco peninsula, but some tourists drive here anyway to get a different view and see what’s there.
It can be pretty cool to watch these huge radars if you haven’t seen anything like it before. It’s not every day you come this close to a massive British radar station in the Mediterranean region.
Agioi Anargyroi church
At the northeast part of the national park, you will find this charming little Greek church with a blue roof next to the water. It’s a popular place for weddings and wedding photos, so you might find yourself in the middle of a wedding ceremony or photoshoot while visiting, which can be a fun experience.
Also, next to the church there is a path with stairs leading down to some impressive caves.
How to get to Cape Greco
The easiest way to get to Cape Greco is by car. From Ayia Napa, you’ll be driving for 5-10 minutes before reaching the national forest park, and from Protaras, it takes about 10 minutes as well.
If you’re driving from Ayia Napa to Cape Greco, drive towards Protaras and take the exit to Cape Greco. Along the road, you can turn right to various places depending on which place on the peninsula that you want to visit. The first turn goes to the Sea Caves, the next one is the starting point of climbing the peak, and if you continue straight, you’ll reach the new visitor center.
How to get to Cape Greco by bus
If you don’t have a car, you can also take the bus to Cape Greco from Ayia Napa and Protaras. It’s a quick ride and bus number 101 departs every 20 minutes from May to November.
Recommended hotel near Cape Greco
Due to its remote location and protected status, there are no hotels located on the Cape Greco peninsula. However, there are several hotels north of the national forest park, near Konnos Beach, which is just a short drive away.
I recommend the Grecian Park Hotel, which is beautifully situated overlooking the sea. The rooms are modern and fresh, and the service is great with all the amenities available.
- Louis Sandwiches
- Spartiatis restaurant
- Anemomylos Tavern
Map of Cape Greco
Below are some of the points of interest on the Cape Greco Peninsula and national park.
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