The sand hills of the Limassol 'desert'!

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Westside of Limassol, on a beach about 10 kilometers from the city, there are several sand dunes of varying heights that stretch across a large expanse of land, creating a unique desert setting.

The sand dunes of the Akrotiri area are a unique, natural phenomenon resulting from the winds that reach the shore. Though the image is reminiscent of a desert, these sand dunes are vital since they absorb the energy of the waves, preventing the erosion of the coastal areas.

At the same time, they are a refuge for rare species of flora and fauna, which have specially adapted to these conditions. The sand hills of Akrotiri are home to migratory birds (such as turtledoves), while the coves below the hills provide shelter to sea turtles to lay their eggs in the summer.


The powdery sand, the sparse shrubbery and the absence of any movement beyond the gentle breeze leaving its mark on the sand hills make this a unique location.