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The sand hills of the Limassol 'desert'!

West to Limassol, around 10 kilometers away from the city, the landscape keeps a few surprises to its visitors. There, you will see taller or lower sand hills rising in front of you, stretching in a large piece of land, creating an unusual desert picture.

The powdery sand, the absence of any movement, apart from the wind blowing over the hills and leaving their mark behind, make this location truly unique. Sure, this is not a sign that Limassol is becoming a desert, rather a phenomenon one can find in some coastal areas of the Mediterranean. Apart from the impressive views, though, these sand hills at Akrotiri peninsula have also created a refuge for rare species of flora and fauna, which have adapted to the conditions of this particular ecosystem.

Basically, the sand hills are the result of the force of the wind in an area, considered to be a passage from the shore to the sea. Their presence is absolutely crucial, since they absorb the force of the waves and they protect the coast from erosion. The sand hills may take centuries to be formed, but they could be destroyed within minutes, since human intervention (either be taking sand away, or driving across the sand hills) could be fatal for this unique ecosystem.

The sand hills in Akrotiri, apart from indigenous species, host traveling birds, too (such as turtle doves, resting on their way to Europe), while the beach under the hills usually hosts sea-turtle nests in the summer.

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