Skarfos Bridge

Published 14th of August, 2017

We have been meaning to blog about the Venetian Bridges for some time, so today I thought I would start with Skarfos, as this is easily accessible and is the Western-most Venetian Bridge that I am aware of. Situated just off the road to Simou from the B7, it may not be the most spectacular bridge Cyprus has to offer, but there are enough other attractions nearby to make it worth your journey, as you shall see...

Map of the Area

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To get to Skarfos Bridge, take the road to Simou off the B7.

Clearly Signposted

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Skarfos Bridge is clearly signposted. The Venetians ruled Cyprus from 1489-1571, the most well known bridges (Roudia, Kelefos and Elia) formed part of the Camel Trail which the Venetians would use to transport resources from the island. Whether Skarfos was part of that trail, or just a convenient bridge, I don't know. Little is written about Skarfos.

Spring View

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I should point out that I took most of these shots a few months ago, in March. As you will see, the scenery is a lot more brown in August.

Evretou

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In the distance, you can see the abandoned village of Evretou. If you fancy a gentle off-road you can visit here in the same trip, as the track from Skarfos Bridge is very good. You can also visit Trimithousa, though that is a bit bumpier. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can even carry on up to Melandra. That trip will show you three of the most interesting abandoned villages in Paphos, though you will probably want a 4x4. I certainly wouldn't try it in anything else.

August View

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This was the same view taken today (14th August 2017). The scenery is now a lot browner, though still beautiful.

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