The Rise and Fall of the Asprokremmos Reservoir

Published 19th of December, 2016

We've been coming to Cyprus for the last 10 years. On our first visit, I was keen to explore an abandoned village, and the closest one I could find to Paphos on the map was Foinikas, on the banks o the Asprokremmos Reservoir. Since then we have returned on numerous occasions, and the photographs we took over time show just how much the water levels have fallen.

View from the Dam in 2016

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This shot was taken after several days of rain, at the start of December 2016. It was actually raining at the time, and we were even gifted a rainbow for the photo shoot.

View From The Dam in 2012

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This was just about the same view, taken four years ago. As you can see, the reservoir is full.

The Overflow in 2016

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In 2016 this overflow looks pretty redundant.

The Overflow in 2012

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In 2012 we see a different story.

Now, to get to Foinikas from the dam, you have to leave the dam by the Paphos side, and head to Anarita. Before you get there, you should see a signpost to Foinikas. The road runs past a water treatment plant, before turning into a track and descending into the valley. If you want to visit the place, I strongly recommend a 4x4.

On the way to Foinikas, in 2016

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As you approach Foinikas, you will see these two huts.

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