Konnoi ­- Agioi Anargyroi (Circular) - Ammochostos (Famagusta) District, Cape Gkreko National Forest Park Nature Trail
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Konnoi ­- Agioi Anargyroi (Circular) - Ammochostos (Famagusta) District, Cape Gkreko National Forest Park Nature Trail
Konnoi ­- Agioi Anargyroi (Circular) - Ammochostos (Famagusta) District, Cape Gkreko National Forest Park Nature Trail
GPS coordinates of the starting point: Lat: 34.982763 Lon: 34.069620
GPS coordinates of the ending point: Lat: 34.975341 Lon: 34.075811
Altitude of the starting point: 3m
Altitude of the highest peak: 28m
Altitude of the end peak: 10m
Starting point: (a) Konnos Beach, between Protaras and Cape Gkreko
(b) Agioi Anargyroi church, accessible from the Protaras Cape Gkreko main road close to the Cape.
Length: 4.8km
Estimated duration: 2 hours
Difficulty rate: 1

 

Points of interest: The trail affords excellent views throughout, with the views of the stunning Konnos Bay being particularly impressive. For the first two kilometres of the trail ­ beginning at Konnos Bay ­ the path continues parallel to the beach and arrives at the Agioi Anargyroi Church, which is built above a sea cave where it is said that the Saint Anargyroi lived an ascetic life. Following the trail to the south, through low shrub vegetation, it leads to the natural Kamara (arch) tou Koraka bridge ­ an impressive geological formation. After the bridge, the trail ascends slightly, passing through the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite, running parallel to the coastline through high shrub vegetation, and towards its end through a small pine forest.

Flora: While hiking you can study the endemic plants: Cyprus bosea (Bosea cypria), Wild garlic (Allium willeanum), Three colour chamomile (Anthemis tricolor), Cyprus Golden - Drop (Onosma fruticosa), Cyprus Germander (Teucrium micropodioides), ‘Valandia’ (Valantia eburnea).

Fauna: The main species of fauna found in the area are:

Mammals: Fox, hare, hedgehog.

Birds:  Kestler, partridge, Cyprus warbler  (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). The National Cape Gkreko Forest Park serves as a resting point for many migratory birds. Reptiles: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, Cyprus chameleon, Black whip snake. 

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