Sunday, 2 April 2017

Visit to Akamas National Park

Nice day and didn't want to do an indoor thing, so dragged the kids to the great outdoors.

We headed up towards the Akamas National Park, and took a visit to Aphrodite Baths and then followed the nature trail up into the hills.

Now, this is where we maybe could have been better planned! We hadn't a clue how long the walk was, and the maps for area were not the best, and neither were the sign posts. There was a sign at the bottom that pointed up the hill and had 2.5 km, I had it in my head that this was one of the trail lengths. There were numerous trails shows on the map, but these did appear on the sign posts.

After making it to the top, the sign gave no indication as to whether the trail to the left or the trail to the right was longer/shorter or even how long it was. We went with the left as it felt more 'down' than the trail to the right which looked it was heading up another hill.

After a while we stopped walker coming the another way and his '800m' and pointing indicated that we might be 'nearly there'. We did keep passing distance markers, in Km I must add, and by the 5 Km, the youngest was pooped. Then 6 Km came along....think we were out of water by this stage...Then 7 Km appeared, at least by now we were heading down and appeared to be on a normal wide track. We had just come down through a rocky gorge with narrow paths. When Sasha took a tumble and face planted, I thought there would have been more 'damage', but fortunately there were no scratches and just a few tired tears.

Looked like we were on the home straight, with the 8 Km marker being on the actual proper road on the way to the car park, so only another 500 m to go.

We got back to the car park and headed straight for the ice cream! Some other tourists were tasting the flavours before messing about with there purchase, must have been about 10 of them, they were taking ages. N&M had a hair appointment back in Paphos and time was already ticking, and this was the last thing we needed.

Back on the road we headed, and made it back to the hotel, only 10 minutes late for the appointment.

Good to get out and about however. Maya said around the 6 Km marker that she wants to do this 'every weekend', will just have to see how long it takes for the novelty to wear off!

Lots of lizard spotting and Maya was delighted to spot a big black snake slithering into the grass.

There were plenty more walks to do, but next time, I think we will be more prepared and not have any appointments that force us to rush!

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