The Akamas National Park lies on the west coast of Cyprus. It has an area coverage of 230 square kilometres containing valleys, gorges and wide sandy bays. The name Akamas originate from an Athenian warrior, the son of Theseus who came to the peninsula after the Trojan War. It is a unique area of great natural beauty as it is unaffected by
development. The wildlife diversity is crucial for the ecology in the Mediterranean. In this spectacular environment there are 168 varieties of birds, 20 different reptiles, 16 species of butterfly and 12 different mammals not to mention its very rich variety of fauna. The Cyprus Government has yet to fully declare it as a National Park for tourist and local landowners’ reasons, although friends of the Earth and Green Peace are trying very hard to achieve.