Cyprus Waterfalls: A feast for the eyes

PLACES Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

They may be comparably small in size, but Cyprus too boasts several beautiful waterfalls, offering magical scenery and a welcome escape from everyday routine.

The most impressive waterfalls on the island are located in the Troodos Mountains and Platres village. Access is often along a nature trail, deep in the forest, giving travelers an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy nature!

Caledonia Falls

Caledonia Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Cyprus, is located near Platres village in Troodos. Probably the best known and most popular waterfalls in Cyprus, they attract thousands of visitors a year.
They can be reached along the Caledonia nature trail which has two starting points. One of them begins at the point on the “Kryos Potamos ” river near the Presidential Residence at Troodos and is 2km long and the other starts from the “Psilon Dentron” point near Platres and is 1km long.

Situated in the Troodos National Forest Park at an altitude of 1330m north the waterfall is 13 metres high.
According to tradition, it derives its name from the Scottish visitors who were enchanted by the beauty of scenery that reminded them of their own country which was called Caledonia in ancient times, so they called these falls Caledonia Falls.
The rocks of this area are composed mainly of wehrlite and other rocks of the Troodos ophiolite complex.
The flora surrounding the falls comprises mainly pine trees and the endemic oak.

Chantara Falls

Chantara Falls are found on the river of Trooditissa or Diplos Potamos river north of Fini village within the state forest at an altitude of 1035m. The waterfall is eight metres high and accessible by car.
The rocks in the area are composed mainly of gabbro. The surrounding vegetation comprises mainly pine forests and many bushes and shrubs. Plane trees and Alder are dominant in the river bed together with other riverine plants.
According to tradition the falls took their name from the word “andara” which for the surrounding villages means “noise of waters”.
They may be reached either from Fini along a 1.5  km long road (0.3km is asphalt and 1.2 km dirt road), Trooditissa Monastery (3.5 km dirt road) and from the village of Pano Platres 5.5 km (2.9 km asphalt and 2.6 km dirt road)

Mesa Potamos waterfall

Mesa Potamos waterfall is situated on the river bed of Arkolachanias River (Mesa Potamos), northwest of Saitas near the Timios Prodromos Monastery at Mesa Potamos at an altitude of 1000m. The height of the waterfall is 7 metres. The rocks comprise mainly gabbro while the vegetation is similar to that of the Chantara falls described above.
The name of the falls is derived from the name of the river. Visitors may follow the road from Saitas, a 5km long dirt track or from Moniatis Village a 5.5 km dirt road. Other alternatives are a 7km dirt road from Kato Amiantos or the 200 metres downhill trail from Mesa Potamos picnic area.

Millomeri waterfalls

Millomeri waterfall, actually the highest in Cyprus at 20 metres, is situated in Kryos Potamos river bed southeast of  Pano Platres village at 980 metres altitude near the Panayia Phaneromeni Church. The rocks in the area are composed mainly of diabase.
The surrounding flora is almost the same as in the Caledonia Falls. It comprises mainly pine forests, plane trees and alders that thrive along the narrow river bed and enhance the feeling of coolness experienced by the visitor. The Mediterranean cypress is found on the rocky slopes as is the endemic woodruff, the endemic shrubby knapweed and many other interesting plant species. According to tradition, the fall took its name from the words “millos” which means moist and the word “meros” which means area.
The visitor can reach the fall from Pera Pedi village, a 4.2 km distance (2.1 km asphalt, 1.9 km dirt road and 0.2 km cement road) and from Pano Platres towards Moniatis, a 3.8 km distance (2.8 km asphalt, 0.3 km dirt road and 0.7 km cement road). Also from the Phaneromeni Church in Pano Platres there is a one-kilometre long nature trail leading to the falls.

Adonis Baths & Waterfalls

Adonis Baths located in Kili Paphos, is one of the most beautiful and unique areas in Cyprus. Tradition says that Adonis the God of Beauty tended his horses in this place and hunted in the Akamas forest. According to Greek mythology, Adonis and Aphrodite had many children here and the citizen of Paphos are supposed to be descendants of these two lovers. However, Artemis the Goddess of Hunting was jealous of the love between Adonis and Aphrodite and tried to find a way of killing Adonis. She threw a golden almond into the baths to try and get his attention. Poseidon the God of Sea saw what was about to happen so he covered the golden almond with a torrent to prevent Adonis from drowning. Artemis had another plan, she asked Mars the God of War to push the mountain onto Adonis at the baths.

Poseidon stopped the rocks moving towards the back of the river and Adonis was saved again. Adonis was not so lucky whilst hunting one day. A man distinguished as wild boar fatally wounded him. He returned to the baths but died in the arms of Aphrodite. Aphrodite could not bear to lose her beloved Adonis and begged for him to send back to earth every six months, each Autumn it is believed. Popular tradition connects Adonis Baths with the legendary visit of Digenis Akritas. The story says that he put one foot on each side of the River Mavrokolymbos and drank water from the baths. Until this day there is a place called Digenis feet.