1.9 Akamas Peninsula
The Akamas peninsula, covers about 230 square km and is located on the western tip of Cyprus. It is an area of great natural beauty unaffected by development. The area is unique for the whole Mediterranean region, mainly due to the precious ecology system. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive. If you like unspoilt beaches and clear sea water then you could drive into the Akamas which is a national park and find secluded beaches. Note that the drive from Blue Coral to Akamas peninsula is about 10 minutes long. Note that the roads in the park are all gravel / dirt roads. Take with you lots of drinking water.

1.10 Lara Bay

Lara Bay is in Akamas peninsula and it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. Blonde sand, crystal clear blue water together with seclusion, peace and tranquillity. Part of the beach and the sea waters in front are a preservation area and are protected, as it is one of the two main bays in the Mediterranean used by the very rare loggerhead sea turtle Caretta-Caretta as a breeding ground. At the beginning of June, the first sea turtles swim out of the sea at night, climb up the beach, dig holes in the sand to make their nests, lay up to 130 eggs and then cover them up with sand. After merely 7-8 weeks the eggs hatch, the baby turtles emerge from within the sand at night and start their treacherous journey to the sea but only very few survive. It is advisable to take food and water with you as well as parasols for shade. However, insert the parasol pole in the ground as close to the waves as possible in order to avoid damaging eggs in a nest that may exist in the sand below the surface. Lara Bay is about 20 minutes drive away from Blue Coral Beach Villas, so it is very near.

1.11 St Neophytos Monastery
The monastery nestles in the hillside just north of Pafos town, and grew from the cave-church which was built by the hermit Saint 'with his own bare hands' in the 12th century. In fact there is a series of connected caves and the Saint lived and worked there. It is believed that the frescoes in the caves are his work. Some of these caves are open to the public. The Monastery was built next to the caves. A reliquary containing a skull believed to be that of the Saint can be seen in the Church within the Monastery compound. St Neophytos Monastery is about 20 minutes drive from Blue Coral Beach Villas and only 5 minutes away from Tsada Golf Course.

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