The Aphrodite Trail is probably by far the most famous hiking trail in the Akamas Peninsula, (maybe even in all of Cyprus) and that for a good reason. The trail is relatively easy, very accessible and offers some wonderful views over the peninsula.
Next to offering pretty views over the landscape from above, the trail also partially leads next to the coast, from where you can enjoy the view over the many small rock bays and the crystal clear water.
The Aphrodite Trail is often combined with the Adonis Trail, but since I had already done part of the Adonis Trail while doing the Smigies Trail, I decided to not combine these two trails, but rather combine the Aphrodite Trail with a subsequent coastal hike to the Blue Lagoon which I can highly recommend.
In order to combine these two hikes, it’s best to start the Aphrodite Trail in clockwise direction. From the bus stop/parking lot, you’ll first have to pass the Baths of Aphrodite, a small pool where Aphrodite supposedly used to bath herself.
Pass the Baths and start hiking at the starting point of the Aphrodite and Adonis Trail. The trails start off in the same direction, leading up the hill in a typical cypriote scenery. You’ll pass through a forest like landscape with low trees and shrubs.
Just before you reach the top of the hill, the trails will diverge. The Adonis trail veers left and leads down the hill and in order to stay on the Aphrodite trail turn right and continue just a little bit further up the hill. Once you’re at the top you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view over the area. Allow yourself to sit down on the benches and soak in the beauty of the area before you start descending.
While hiking down the hill you continue having the wonderful view over the many beautiful bays and beaches Akamas National Park has to offer. In fact, the view reaches all the way to the Blue Lagoon which gives you a preview of what you’re heading to once you’ve descended the hill.
At the foot of the hill there’s a sign to the right, bringing you back to the Baths of Aphrodite. But in order to walk the coastal trail to the Blue Lagoon turn left. There’s a dirt road for the jeeps which you follow, but I would advise to stay as close as possible to the coast in order to get as many glimpses into the beaches and bays as possible. Keep checking maps.me as some of the smaller trails are barely visible in the lush surroundings. Just make sure you take enough time for this wonderful hike, not only to enjoy the pretty bays and wonderful views, but also to take a swim when the weather allows it ;)