From White River Beach to Arodes

Published 17th of September, 2019

After a recent swim on an Akamas beach, we drove back to Polemi over one of our favourite off-road routes. Let's see what the Akamas had to show us along the way...

Distant White River

white-river-to-arodes_01

White River Beach is the first patch of sand you hit once you enter the Akamas. It used to be adorned with a few sunbeds, but these were removed a while ago, and the road closed. So to get to the beach you now have to park at the top of the Akamas-side hill and walk down the track. I had been hoping for calm - photography friendly - waters, but the recent rains had made it a bit too choppy for what I had in mind. So we had a nice swim and decided to take the scenic route back to Polemi. This is the road that leaves the main road and heads straight up the hill. Follow that, and you will soon come to a T junction where you turn right to a church, but then you take a left and continue once more up the hill.

Hidden Gorge

white-river-to-arodes_02

I love the countryside up here. White River has carved a small gorge through the land, less impressive than the Avakas and its immediate neighbour, but nevertheless worthy of viewing.

How Green Is My Valley?

white-river-to-arodes_03

It is very peaceful up here. All you can hear is the distant clang of goat bells.

Snake Valley

white-river-to-arodes_04

The route takes you past some breathtaking scenery. Down there, far below, is the area I call "Snake Valley". This is because there is a particular gorge there, and every time I have walked its course, I have narrowly avoided stepping on a rather large adder. So it is best viewed from a distance!

There is also an old ruin, you can just make out in the nearer foreground. Unfortunately, I was taking these pictures with my phone, as I was in a bit of a hurry, and wasn't supposed to be stopping for photos. Had I used my DSLR I could have zoomed in on the ruin to show you it in detail, but the close-up using the phone was just too grainy. Still, a future trip could be to visit the ruin, and I will be sure to have my proper camera with me then.

white-river-to-arodes_05

This was the same viewpoint, looking towards Avakas Gorge.

Page 1 of 4

Related Blogs:

The Akamas By Car

Nothing beats exploring the Akamas by car. A decent 4x4 can take you to places you would never normally find on foot, and the aircon can be a real life-saver. Some routes into the Akamas are bumpier than others. In this blog take a relatively bump free route which would suite the more cautious amongst you.

Liesegang Rings in the Akamas

As 2016 draws to a close we decided to take a final trip to the Akamas. We have been trying to locate some interesting fossils we saw a few years ago, and the last couple of times we had tried we had ended up somewhere else. We found the right route this time though.

Is this the Oldest Olive Tree in Cyprus?

We were out exploring in the Akamas the other day, and we came across this lovely old Olive Tree. I can't help wondering how long it has stood here...

Akamas Sunshine

The sun shone brightly this morning, so we took the opportunity to go for a drive on the Akamas. There's been a lot of rain, but as a result of this, the Akamas is looking gorgeous at the moment...

Latest Blog Articles

The Abandoned Village of Theletra - Part 1

Old Theletra was abandoned several decades ago. The threat of landslides drove the population up the hll to a new settlement. Since then the village has mainly been left to crumble, save for its church and a few buildings which are still inhabited. At first glance, there is not much to see here, aside from some picture-postcard views. But get adventurous, and there is a whole host of places to explore...

Paphos Christmas Lights Switched On!

Tonight the Mayor of Paphos switched on the Paphos Christmas Lights, accompanied by marching bands and performing artists. We went along to take a look, and have a gander at some of the other lights around Paphos this Christmas.

From Miliou To Theletra

While we were exploring the sulphur springs of Miliou a few weeks ago, we couldn't help but notice a village in the distance. When we realised that it was the abandoned village of Theletra, we were surprised, as we hadn't appreciated how close the two places were. So we thought we would find a scenic route between the two locations...

The Church of the Prophet Elias

As you drive to Polis on the B7, past Miliou, you will see a sign pointing to a church. If your Greek is as basic as ours, you will need Google Translate to tell you that it is the Church of the Prophet Elias. This is good to know, because you won't be able to find it on the map. When you see how small the church is, you will understand why...

Latest News Articles

Nurses to strike Wednesday over bullying, staff shortages

Public nurses will go on strike on Wednesday from noon to 2pm at all general hospitals to protest incidents of violence against health professionals and against poor working conditions, nurses union Pasyno announced on Tuesday.

Christmas shopping hours

General shops will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day as well as on January 1, 2 and 6, the Labour Ministry said on Tuesday.

It said that under the law, all general shops must adhere to Christmas shopping hours from December 1 to 31, which allows them to remain open until 8 pm. On Christmas eve and New Year’s eve they can remain open until 6 pm.

Scattered showers and light snowfall in mountains as unstable weather continues

After yesterday’s first snow in the Troodos Mountains, the weather will remain unstable with scattered showers and possible sleet in the mountains in the afternoon, and light snowfall tonight.

In its early morning weather forecast, the Met Office said weak low pressure is affecting the area while a low pressure system is expected on Thursday.

First snow in Troodos Mountains (video, photos)

Snow has fallen in the Troodo Mountains as shown in the video by

It comes during a generally overcast day, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms forecast for much of the week.