Geai Sas! Hello! If you have been following my blog articles I have taken you to various places in Cyprus. Most of them are kind of, off the beaten path or not so popular. In this article, I am taking you to one of Cyprus famous landmark, Cape Greco! Hold on for this adventure! Ready?!
Every traveler planning for a holiday has an instinct to search for the best or famous places to go. Cape Greco is one of the top places here in Cyprus! And if you check the souvenirs, there is always a fridge magnet of this landmark.
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Where is Cape Greco?
Cape Greco Peninsula is a headland surrounded by waters – rocky shores, breaking waves, and steep cliffs in the southeastern part of Cyprus. Looking at the map, it is between Agia Napa and Protaras where both municipalities are known to many tourists as party places with the best resorts and beaches. It belongs Agia Napa municipality and Famagusta District, where it shares the southern end of Famagusta Bay.
I remember during our trip in occupied Cyprus -Famagusta, as we drive through Dipkarpaz Region, it has exactly the same enticing waters. On the opposite side, facing further above of the island, on the occupied areas, lies the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, surrounding the same waters. Click through the article below.
Further Reading: A Fascinating Trip to Kyrenia and Famagusta
Why is Cape Greco a famous landmark in Cyprus?
The rock formations and glistening turquoise waters serve as an invitation to every traveler to see this part of Cyprus. Looking for adventure? This is definitely the place to go! Rocky nature hikes, cliff diving, sea caves explorations, and safaris, YES, right here!
But if you are a laid back person (like me!), just enjoy the grandeur scenery and the paradise beach near the cape. I will take you there shortly.
Legends in Cape Greco
Of course, almost every place has mythical origins here in Cyprus or urban legends anywhere in the world! Are you interested to hear it?
A sea monster may have lived around Cape Greco, it resembles a giant crocodile or sea serpent. Locals named this creature as “O filikos terras” which means “the friendly monster”. It doesn’t harm anyone but only destroys the fisherman’s nets. There were stories of sightings but up to this day, there is no evidence.
Further Reading: The Elusive Agia Napa Sea Monster
Points of Interest
1. Cape Greko National Forest Park
A protected and conservation area in Cape Greco, a Natura 2000 site with an area of 385 hectares. Home to indigenous flora and fauna species. Now with a lower vegetation, it is home to several mammals such as foxes, hares, and hedgehogs; reptiles such as snakes and lizards, and migratory birds; one of which is the Cyprus wheatear ‘Oenanthe cypriaca’, a migrating bird that breeds on the island.
Further Reading: 29% of Cyprus Island is Natura 2000, Protected Territory
In this park, you can find nature walking trails, cycling paths, picnic areas, and benches where you can admire the spectacular view of the sea from the cliff. The hiking trails can be completed from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. It has easy slopes, suitable for any age and fitness levels.
One of the famous trails is the two kilometers Aphrodite Nature Trail that runs through the southeast coast of the Cape Greko a part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route that links the birth of Ancient Greek Goddess in the island of Cyprus.
Further Reading: Cyprus, A Mythical Island of Love
The best season to discover and enjoy the nature trails are during autumn, winter, and spring seasons with a favorable weather.
2. Agio Anarygyroi
An orthodox church built on the edge of the vertical cliff, facing the sea and near to the path of the preserved park. It sits on the top of the caves with openings just a few meters up from the sea level.
The white and blue colors of the church and the backdrop of the blue sea is a very striking feature, similar to the island of Santorini, Greece.
Well, this spot is an absolute picture perfect moment!
3. Bridge of Love
The bridge of Koraka, also popularly known as the bridge of love is one of nature’s stunning creations, it took millions of years of rock deformations to form this bridge. You can find this along the road to the Agio Anarygyroi and part of the sea caves’ natural path.
However, the foundations of the bridge are degrading and not in good condition. It is concerning that a violent wind or rainstorm can cause destruction and just fall off to the sea. It will never be the same again, no matter how they attempt to copy it. The Department of Forest has fenced it and an excavator is trying to build a water channel to divert the waters from the foundation. Hope this method works.
Agio Anarygroi and Koraka bridge are one of the photoshoot venues for engagement and weddings on this island and indeed Cyprus is a wedding destination!
Further Reading: Road to 27 Dresses-Weddings
4. Sea Caves
From the eastern part of Agia Napa and towards Cape Greco, there is a stretch of sea caves, accessible only by boat. During our visit, traveling by car, I hardly get any glimpse of the cave. The caves can go as deep as 80 meters into the rock.
So, if you are up for some adrenaline rush, you can explore the caves, swim, and cliff diving at your own risk!
Now, you know this famous Cyprus famous landmark, Cape Greco has so much to offer during your visit! It is best to plan out how you can maximize your time during your holiday!
5. Konnos Beach!
Yes, here we are, save the best for last! What a great place to culminate your trip in Cape Greco to one of the best beaches in Cyprus – turquoise blue and calm waters with fine sand. It is my best dip in mild September weather before I say goodbye to summer 2020!
A 200 meter beach strip equipped with facilities and lifeguard services. Bays are provided to anchor boats and you can enjoy many water sports activities. The road going to Konnos beach is very narrow, it is advisable to come earlier and find a good parking spot. You can access the beach near the church of Agioi Anarygyroi but only land rover vehicles, due to rocky and steep terrains.
Our timing was quite late, and we end up parking farther up the hill. A considerable downward walk to the beach, but returning back we have to stop to catch our breath! But it was all worth it!
We stayed at Konnos Bay cafe instead of going to the shoreline. There is access to the waters, going through a bridge and prepare to jump from the plank! And that, I miscalculated…. Good thing the water isn’t deep, but while at sea, I keep on analyzing how to redeem myself back up. I prayed for my husband that he will look down from the cafe and I will wave for him to rescue me. But he was busy with tiktok… So, I tried to swim towards the shore instead but I got scared it will go deep. I’m not really a swimmer by the way. Anyhow, I decided to enjoy myself and see what happens later…
Time to go up, I’m hungry! Inspect the rocks near the plank, because I surrendered that’s the only way. Good thing locals helped me going up by demonstrating where to step and just hug the rocks with all your might! Whew!
Konnos Bay Cafe is a recommended chill place overlooking Konnos bay, covered with pine trees. The menu offers burgers and sandwiches. The cafe is operated by a high-end hotel nearby – Grecian Park Hotel. Friendly staff, fast service, and more importantly staff makes sure that every customer follows the two-meter distancing!
6. Lastly explore Agia Napa!
Beaches, resorts, churches, museums, historical monuments such as the Aqueduct, Tombs of Makronissos, and the Farmhouse; the nightlife and so many things to do. Click Agia Napa municipality portal for more information.
Further Reading: Free tours in Agia Napa for Autumn and Winter Seasons
Getting Around Cape Greco
- By Car. With our car, driving from Nicosia is about 90 minutes, passing through the A3 expressway. The only disadvantaege with inland driving is you will not be able to see the caves and other parts that need 4×4 vehicles. Though there is ample parking space.
- Book Tours. To explore more of Cape Greco, and especially visiting sea caves, it is recommended to book for tours – safaris or boat tours. You may find from this link, I love Agia Napa on what works during your trip as there are so many options.
Is this article tempting you to visit Cyprus Famous Landmark, Cape Greco?
I’m always at awe with the places I visited around Cyprus. Especially here at Cape Greco, the grandeur of nature is beyond words. Stunning, magnificent or grand are not enough to describe once you are here.
Will I visit again Cape Greco? Absolutely! This time going boat tours and see the caves from afar or go to the caves if I can. And I will enjoy the waters at Konnos beach again, and yes, I will jump to that plank again!
Who’s with me? Then let’s go!
What most likely will you do in Cape Greco?
Feel free to share your thoughts and similar funny story on one of your trips!