Sea Caves Ayia Napa (cape Cavo Greco) is one of the most visited natural attractions on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus, which is included in most of excursions and hiking trails of the nearby resorts – Ayia Napa and Protaras. Sea Caves, or as they are often called by the locals “Cavo Greco stone castles”, can be found all over the shores from Ayia Napa to Cape Greco, another natural attraction of the island, which is considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the whole Cyprus, which also includes the Cape Greco National Forest Park.
Sea Caves Ayia Napa is incredibly lovely and picturesque place that has all components of the delightful landscape – natural beauty, bizarre caves and grottoes and surprisingly clean and clear sea water of various shades of blue, turquoise, emerald and deep blue colors obtained from features of landscape, bottom depth and various marine algae. The sea waters near the caves can surprise even experienced travelers with their variety of colors palette. All caves are purely of natural origin. Southern coast from Cape Greco to Ayia Napa consists of a light sandstone, and eventually sea waves, storms, breakers and winds have caved all these grottoes, caves, arches and columns, labyrinths, and all sorts of paths (the length of the largest cave reaches about 900 meters). But even the forces of nature needed tens of thousands of years to create such a wonderful and beautiful place.
The path to the sea caves from Ayia Napa and Protaras is rather easy, and you can get here by any kind of transport, by car or bicycle. Also resort towns organize special bus tours and boat trips to the sea caves, it is from the sea where you can observe the most beautiful and spectacular views of the cave. Tourists from Ayia Napa can even arrive by bus or come on foot (walking on the already trodden paths takes about 30 minutes). It is easier to get to the caves by car by the Cavo Greco highway, which connects Ayia Napa and Protaras, and turn to the Cavo Greco Road. Just 200 meters after turning right you will see an off-ramp onto a country road, which will lead you to one of the most famous and popular places of the sea caves coast – a cliff with a through cave resembling of a needle’s eye.
Cliff with a through cave is very popular among honeymooners. A couple goes down into the cave, and a photographer will make wonderful pictures from the opposite shore. The most romantically-minded people even set a small table in the cave for dinner at sunset, which is unforgettably magnificent here. Of course, the caves will be an excellent panorama not only for wedding photo shoots.
The Sea Caves Ayia Napa certainly have their own history. It is believed that in these caves and grottoes pirates and smugglers of the Mediterranean hid their treasures and stored prohibited goods.
When you are planning an independent trip to the Sea Caves Ayia Napa you should remember that here there are no conveniences and rescue services and even trees, in the shade of which you could hide from the hot Cyprian sun. Therefore, the trip is highly recommended to be taken seriously – you should certainly take your hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, drinking water supply and something to eat. Also you should put on comfortable shoes with thick soles because there are a lot of sharp stones here.
A lot of signs are set along the shore prohibiting swimming and particularly diving, but they are not able to talk everyone out of getting the adrenaline rush from jumping from a ten-meter overhanging cliff into the water. Rising from the water back on the elevated plateau can be no less dangerous than jumping. Since the official bathing is forbidden there are no safe lifting or stairs, and you have to climb up the steep, jagged cliffs from the water. The least dangerous areas for jumping where the seabed and rocks are at sufficiently safe depth are marked on the edges of cliffs by tourists with plain mosaics made from makeshift materials.
Sea Caves Ayia Napa – Hotels near
The closest place to the Sea Caves Ayia Napa where you can safely swim is municipal Limnara Beach near the Atlantica Mare Village Hotel located at the western edge of the shore of the sea caves. In the same hotel you can find several bars and restaurants where you can satisfy your hunger after a walk along the beach, and a mini-market with a large variety of food, drinks and souvenirs. Also, if necessary, you can ask for medical assistance at the hotel. Moreover, opposite the hotel, near the Cavo Greco road going in the direction of Ayia Napa, there is a small Meze House cafe.
Also, Sea Caves Ayia Napa are especially popular among divers. Despite the apparent complexity of underwater bottom landscape the submersion here is not dangerous – the maximum depth is only 12 meters. With an instructor even beginners, who have just learned the principles of scuba diving and have minimal experience, are allowed for scuba diving. Marine flora and fauna of the caves strike with amazing diversity and activity of local underwater life – here you can see many types of the Mediterranean inhabitants including the cardinal fish, soldierfish, cornetfish and several species of moray eels and octopuses.
A visit to the Sea Caves Ayia Napa can give a lot of unforgettable experiences to all romantics, lovers of nature and active recreation.
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