Foinikas Heights

Published 27th of May, 2018

We love Foinikas, the abandoned village on the banks of the Asprokremmos Reservoir. We've already blogged about it twice though, so I thought I would take a look at some of the surrounding countryside, and see what else the valley has to offer. Hopefully I will show you that you can find stunning, remote scenery only a stones-throw from Paphos. You don't need to travel all the way to the Akamas or Troodos to lose yourself in rugged beauty...

Lowland Caves

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As you approach Foinikas from the motorway end, you come to a junction. If you turn right, you go out on to the reservoir bed, and across a little bridge. Don't worry, there is a map at the end of this blog, you will see it there.

Once you cross this little bridge, if you look to your left you will see these caves. We went there in spring time, which is why the first few shots are green.

Natural Caves

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The caves were home to numerous birds that had nests hidden away inside.

Distant Landmark

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From the caves you can see that funny protrusion, that sticks out of the Foinikas hillside, like an upturned nose.

Wandering Goats

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In the spring, the area is popular with goats, munching on the succulent grasses.

Summer Heat

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The same scene in May, shows how much the landscape can change in a few weeks.

Now, over the course of time, I have placed two geocaches in and around Foinikas. I had decided to place another. Ideally, it would go on the top of that big rock up there. It looks nice and flat. I imagined at the time, it would be possible to have a picnic on it.

I am no rock climber. I get vertigo if I stray too close to edges. However, if you look to the left of the rock, you can see that you can reach it's top by taking an easier route along the ridge.

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