Limni Crystal Hunting
We've long been a fan of hunting for exotic crystals in the countryside of Cyprus. Half the fun of it is finding an interesting geological location. But it can also be a lot of hard work. So we thought we would show you it is possible to find some nice crystals with nothing more than a little hammer. They won't win any awards, but they are easy to find, and make a change from looking for shells on the beach...
We begin our adventure descending into the valley next to Limni Mine from the direction of the somewhat ramshackle village of Pelathousa. The mine has long since been abandoned, and will some day be turned into a golf resort. For now though, it is one of our playgrounds.
This is what we are after. Little geode-like structures found in rocks. The key word here is little. Before you get too excited I should point out that the crystal structures we are seeking are a lot smaller than the ones you see nicely presented in shops. However, they are fun to get, and free, so today we will show you how.
The Ubiquitous Gypsum
You might also find some other crystals along the way. this glass-like lump is one of the many forms of gypsum you get in Cyprus. A while ago I photographed some similar crystals and they had a very eerie look in the setting sun. See below for a link to that.
Oh and you will also get to see a cloud elephant. Don't say you aren't spoilt by these blogs.
First Things First
So now that we have whetted your appetite, let's do a bit of exploring. The main road to the centre of Limni Mine is gated shut. So the only way to get to the centre is on foot. On a hot, summer's day, this is no fun.
At various times, I have tried to find roads to the mine that aren't locked. On this trip, I found one such route that took me to the plateau you can see near the top of the picture.