Welcome to Akrotiri
Akrotiri Peninsula, in Limassol District, is the southernmost tip of Cyprus, but also the southernmost part of Europe, and it is an area full of unique surprises and hidden gems!
Akrotiri Peninsula is distinguished for its unique natural beauty and its rich history. It hosts the largest complex of natural wetlands on the island and is arguably the most important area for birds in Cyprus, in terms of both diversity and abundance. Here, the oldest signs of human presence on the island are found and visitors can find unique archaeological and cultural sites, turtle nesting beaches, as well as a wealth of rare and endemic plants, abundance of birds species, reptiles, mammals and an array of different habitats. It is probably the best place for birdwatching in Cyprus, as every spring and autumn many migratory bird species gather here, while many winter in the wetlands of the area.
A single visit to Akrotiri Peninsula is not enough to explore all its natural and cultural wealth. Every season offers something unique and different. In spring, orchids and breeding birds add colours and life to the landscape. In summer, sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. In autumn, the sky is filled with hundreds of migratory birds, while in winter, the Salt Lake is taking colour from the flamingos.
Explore this website to plan your visit to Akrotiri Peninsula and enjoy the unique opportunities for walking in nature trails, birdwatching, exploring numerous archeological sites and medieval churches, learning about the history and environmental wealth of the area by visiting the Akrotiri Environmental Education Center, swimming in quiet beaches and admiring the unique landscape. From rocky cliffs to sandy beaches and from salt marshes to Mediterranean juniper forest, the Peninsula offers visitors a chance to explore and discover its rich biodiversity, making it a must-see destination for nature lovers, birdwatchers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Darwin Plus project
The Darwin Plus 141 Project is a 3-year project (2021-2024), which aims to restore key wildlife habitats in Akrotiri Peninsula and Cape Pyla and at the same time to promote Akrotiri area as a wildlife-friendly tourism destination, in order to raise public awareness on the value of the area and to also benefit Akrotiri community.
The Project is funded by Darwin Plus (also known as The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund), which provides funding for environmental projects in UK Overseas Territories.
The project partners are BirdLife Cyprus (leading role), Terra Cypria – the Cyprus Conservation Foundation, Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas Administration – Environment Department (SBAA ED) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).