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Pegeia

Pegeia


Pegeia is characterized by a rich archaeological heritage and the beauty of its surrounding environment. Its western coastal limits were inhabited for the first time in the Chalcolithic period, around 4.000 B.C. Moreover, it was on the sandy beaches of Pegeia that the first Achaean ships sailed to establish one of their first colonies at Paleokastro. The Museum of Achaean Colonization was built at this very spot to commemorate the first arrival of the Achaeans. Although the area has been inhabited without interruption to the present day, archaeological excavations brought to light only a very small part of the hidden treasures in the area of Pegeia. A place of worship with hundreds of figurines, found by chance, partly fills the great gap between the Bronze Age and the Roman and Early Byzantine periods, the richest periods in archaeological findings in the area. The intervening Hellenistic period is marked by the very distinct influence of the Ptolemies, evident in the remains of the necropolis at Meletis. The most important remains in the area belong to the Early Byzantine period. Their location at Agios Georgios, a spot of magnificent beauty, may be connected to the fact that the harbor served as the stepping - stone for ships from Constantinople on their journey back to the Byzantine capital. Three basilicas with mosaic floors and other significant remains were found in the area. The natural beauty of Pegeia, a complex landscape of sandy beaches and weirdly shaped caves formed by the wave’s constant erosion of the limestone rock, begins well before one's passage into the Akamas Peninsula. A rocky outpost on the opposite coast at Maniki marks the location of the ancient harbor, the ramps of the ships still preserved. The border of Akamas is delineated by the beach of Toxeftra while to the west there is a gorge, known as Avakas, created by the millennia - long eroding action of the river. Wild flowers occur in a bewildering diversity of endemic species together with an equally large number of small harmless inhabitants of the animal kingdom. The village of Pegeia, at a prime spot on the slope of the hill with a panoramic view of the entire western coast of Cyprus and surrounded by a dense forest of pines forms the eastern access to the Akamas peninsula. The hospitable inhabitants, the numerous hotels of 3-5 star ratings and hotel apartments as well as the profusion of restaurants of all types, guarantee a memorable stay for any demanding visitor.