Road to Fontana Amoroza

Fontana Amoroza Road

The Road to Fontana Amoroza, located on the Akamas Peninsula at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, as well as one of the world’s best coastal drives. The road starts with a sign which - truthfully- says "Do not enter - dangerous for cars". The route demands 100% concentration. 

Located within the Akamas Peninsula National Park, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, the track is very steep.The tarmac surface soon becomes a very dusty dirt road. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the sea spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The path narrows and becomes quite rocky and suddenly starts to climb up considerably. Eventually the path has to go into zig zag mode as it climbs quite steeply up and under the imposing limestone cliffs of Moutti tis Sotiras.
The track links Baths of Aphrodite, where the Goddess of Love used to take her bath in a cool pond near Polis and Fontana Amorosa (also known as Amoroza), a scenic bay. It’s 6.0 km long and it involves a long climb to the top ridge at halfway before a descent back to the bay. It’s a 4x4 track --only try driving it in a 2wd car, if you're planning to buy a new car. The track is steep in places and the drop from the edge is “noticeable”

It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. This very scary trip off road follows a road from Aphrodite baths along the coast to the peninsula. The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The track hugs the coast and there are some really good views to the sea below and provides a magnificent view of the Bay of Polis.
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