Irinis Gorge in Arodes
Arodes village is located around 23km northeast Paphos, 590 metres above sea level, at the edge of the Akamas peninsula. Arodes with its landscape diversity, canyons, history, variety of the flora and fauna is a perfect destination for exploration and hiking. According to the mayor of Arodes, Matheos Stefanou, six canyons can be found across the village: Dipotamos, Avakas, Irinis, Kraminous and two smaller gorges.
Unknown to many is the impressive Irinis (Peace) gorge, located 5-6km from Arodes square. The canyon got its name after Irini, a young girl from Arodes, who ended her life for unknown reasons, by falling off a high cliff. Through the canyon passes Irini river, which joins with Avakas gorge and flows into the beach of Toxeftra.
The untouched landscape of the gorge provides a home for reptiles, birds and significant plant species. The magnificent rock formations reach up to 200 meters long at some points of the hike and the accessible part of the trail is around 4km long (total 8km to return). Hiking in the gorge is considered difficult because of the rocky terrain, the wet and slippery rocks and the scrambling required to cross certain parts of it.
Irinis gorge is a spectacular destination to explore and discover the natural beauty it has to offer.