Karpas (Karpaz) Peninsula - Touring: Zafer Burnu (Cape Andreas)
Having come all this way, if you still have a spare half-hour you will probably want to complete your pilgrimage by driving the remaining 5km to the very tip of the island. The track is stony and bumpy but quite driveable in a saloon car, ending at the abandoned meteorological customs hut. It takes 15 to 20 minutes one way from the monastery but, though the landscape is fairly flat, you cannot see the sea on both sides until the final 200m when the track approaches the bulbous rocky outcrop. Scramble up to the summit of this rock for the best views of all.
A neolithic fort, the oldest yet found on Cyprus along with Petra Tou Limniti and Khirokhitia (c6000BC) was excavated on this summit in 1971-73, but only a few shapeless walls and foundations remain to the layman's eye.Perched on the top, there is almost a climatic change, and the rock gives way to grass and lovely white flowers, alive with butterflies and gentle wafts of breeze. A temple of Aphrodite once stood here to protect sailors from the treacherous rocks or to lure them in, according to her whim. If you have the energy to carry on to the summit, it is a wonderful spot for a picnic, here, at the end of the earth, lolling on the grass, gazing out at the string of little islands opposite, the Klides, the Keys of Cyprus, home only to the rare Audouin's Gull.