Nature trail '6 fountains' (Arsos)

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Streams with crystal clear water running under the dense, green branches of the trees around the trail, natural arcades formed by braches in an arched shape, little wooden bridges and 6 fountains with breezy, drinkable water. The setting in this trail really makes you feel more like a leading character in a period drama, than a hiker of the 21st century.

The plenitude of water made Arsos a rich village, with green slopes and fields full of apple trees, walnut trees, apricot trees and cherry trees. This natural wealth caused a constant increase of the population, with more and more fountains built in the village over the years. These old stone built fountains are the stops across the 1250-meter long trail (one of the first natural trails constructed in the Limassol countryside), where hikers, apart from the amazing landscape, can also enjoy the fresh water of the springs.

This short, linear trail will provide several reasons for anyone to make a tour, every season of the year. The drinkable water is flowing from the 6 medieval fountains all year round. The setting is so idyllic, with wooden bridges and stone-paved parts of the trail, benches for resting or having a bite and tanks where fish grow, so that it would be hard for anyone to resist. Apart from the plane trees, the poplar trees, the walnut trees and the willows along the streams of water, there are also fresh water crabs in the area, as well as frogs.

The concrete channels constructed in the mid-20th century made it easier to channel the water towards the fields of Arsos.

Which are the 6 fountains?

1. Fountain of Athkies (named by the willows in the area).

2. Oss’ Arkatzin Fountain (by the byzantine monastery of Panayia Katholiki, where they used to wash the wheat for the traditional wedding treat).

3. Pano Vrysi (which means “upper fountain”, where the women of the village used to wash their clothes and source water for their own use).

4. ‘To poullin’ fountain (named after the bird – an eagle – on a blazon on its front)

5. Fountain of Kostena

6. Fountain of the cup

Photos: Elias Ioackim