Mar 17

Mathikoloni Village

There are many abandoned villages in Cyprus, some of which were abandoned during 1974 conflict and many abandoned due to natural reasons like landslides or earthquakes. You can find many such villages in the Pafos mountains. Mathikoloni is relatively closer to Limassol and is considered by many to one of the more beautiful ones to explore.

Mathikoloni Village

Mathikoloni Village

We had been to Mathikoloni many years ago. So, we decided to check out the place again 2 weeks back along with Harish and Anith. Actually the plan was to just stopover at Mathikoloni and drive through a mountain road to Akrounta near Yermasoyia dam.

Mathikoloni Village

Mathikoloni Village

To go to Mathikoloni, you have to take the Agios Athanasios exit on Jumbo/Linopetra roundabout. You cross the Agios Athanasios and climb towards Mathikoloni which is around 11kms away. Once you reach the village, take a right from the main road and go into the village. Keep going on this road and you will cross the new settlement and at the end of the road, you will see dirty signboard marked as “Akrounta – 5 km”. This road is pretty narrow and it is difficult to take a U-turn at any point. The road starts as being paved and it is paved for most of the distance. You drive down into the valley and there you have lot of photo opportunities with lot of greenery and mountains on both sides of the road.

Mathikoloni Village

Mathikoloni Village

Mathikoloni Village

Even Akshara (who has become a veteran of road trips now!) seemed to enjoy this drive down the narrow lanes. My mom, on the other hand, held on to the seat very tightly in the hope that the slope would lead to another road :-)

Mathikoloni Village

After a while, the paved road gives way to earthern road which at points looks pretty bad. But, rest assured that this road is definitely navigable and you (whether you drive or not) will enjoy this short road trip. The road finally leads to Akrounta (Don’t turn towards Spitali) which is just a few kms north of Yermasoyia.

Mathikoloni Village

written by Rajaram S

One Ping to “Mathikoloni – Abandoned village in Cyprus”

  1. Akshara joins the wayfarers » Child's Play - Akshara Rajaram Says:

    [...] was all smiles to see the yellow flowers in full bloom near Mathikoloni village. This was in fact her first road trip where she spent time outside the car (after her first [...]


One Response to “Mathikoloni – Abandoned village in Cyprus”

  1. 1. Dave Says:

    Wow, this looks incredible. Abandon villages are always so mysterious, a great adventure, but rarely so stunning. Great post!

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