Welcome to Akamas Heights
If you’re spending any time in the greater Pafos area – and have a car – make sure you check out the Akamas Heights region. A world away from the flop-and-drop coastal scene, the mainstay of the picturesque villages here is agriculture, which means goat herds, orchards and vegetable fields are the backdrop to those cobbled streets with their historic churches, tavernas and occasional donkey. Compared to the coast, few tourists make it to these out-of-the-way villages, missing out on a region which is arguably one of the island's most scenic. Backed by desert-like scrubland, tinged with dark ochre, and studded with gorse, bushy pines and seasonal wildflowers, the area's coastline is set against a distant backdrop of low-lying hills. The Akamas Heights is also home to some flourishing vineyards and the spectacular hiking terrain of the Avgas Gorge.