Despotiki Lake (Akrotiri)

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In an area of 10,000 square meters, approximately 15 kilometers west of Limassol, there is a green oasis that surrounds a lake that is as old as the Republic of Cyprus. There, one will find an ecosystem of international importance, while the beauty of the landscape is truly unique for Cypriot standards. 

Despotiki Lake is located in the Akrotiri Peninsula, on the Agios Nikolaos Farm, which belongs to the Bishopric of Limassol. It is an artificial lake, created in 1960 for the purpose of irrigating the area, and it sources water from the Kouris river dam.

With a depth of 10 meters, it enhances the acquifer of the area and is the island's southernmost freshwater collection area, a fact that makes it an important station for migratory birds. More than 50 species of endemic and migratory birds, including 10 protected species, gather in the area for food and shelter. Birdwatchers with an affinity for rare birds have added this lake to their top destinations, and many even visit from abroad to explore it. 

To get to the lake, you must head towards Kolossi on the Paphos-Limassol motorway. The lake is located at a distance of approximately 10 minutes from the Kolossi Castle, quite close to the monastery of Agios Nikolaos