Kritou Marottou - A Typical Cypriot Village
There are lots of charming villages in the Paphos Heartlands, between the North and South coasts. Beyond the gaze of many tourists, they are waiting to be discovered and explored. Kritou Marottou is a fine example, and can be found on the upper banks of the Ezousa Valley, above the village of Kannaviou.
To get to Kritou Marottou, you need to take the B7 from Paphos and turn off at Polemi. Drive through this village, and through the Scrabble Player's favourite Psathi, and you will come to the little village of Agios Dimitrianos. There is a left turning here that leads to Lasa and Simou. From here you can get your first glimpse of Kritou Marottou.
Up The Junction
If you take the Lasa junction you will need to take an immediate right turn, as shown here.
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If you miss that turning don't worry though. Just head down the hill to Kannaviou and drive through that. You will come to this junction, where you should turn left. You can see here how changable the weather is at the moment. So if you do venture out, bring a variety of clothing. While it might be sunny down at the seafront, inland it can be a lot cooler and wetter.
As you approach Kritou Marottou you will come across this lovely picnic area.
You have to admit, it's an impressive welcome to the village. There is also an information sign here, with some information on the mouflon.
Cyprus muflon is a unique rare mammal that is found only in Cyprus. Due to its uniqueness, its rarity and grace is considered a symbol for Cyprus. It was brought over to the island from Asia by the prehistoric people around 8000 B.C.
It is found only within the mountainous state forest of Paphos and it is a strictly protected species. Today they number around 3000. It is flexible and moves very fast even in the rugged areas of the forest and is not easily approached by humans. The mouflon give birth in April 0 May 0 after 5 months pregnancy, usually one and rarely two lambs.
Let us all protect it! We can do it!