The Limassol Foothills were an unexpected joy. Such a profusion of landscapes and colours: dark forests set in deep valleys; yellow vineyards barely clinging to the slopes; flat red bushes alternating with needle-like poplars, some still green, some already grey; streams and waterfalls and Venetian bridges. We loved driving through this scenery and we were lucky because the colours of autumn are especially vivid.
- This is the Handara waterfall which is not far away from Ayios Nikolaos which in turn was one of our favourite camping spots.
- Here we have a nice late evening view across the lower slopes up to the bulk of the Troodos mountains.
- This is one typical scene, vineyards and trees and bushes, though the colours were in reality much more vivid.
- And once again a view towards the Troodos. The huge scar you can just make out in the left half of the mountain range is what remains of the largest asbestos mine in the world. It's closed since about 15 years now but the area is still an ecological disaster. There are attempts to plant trees and shrubs all over the place — the main problem being that this place is HUGE and consequently will need a lot of work and money. Perhaps the recent accession of Cyprus to the EU will help.
Last but not least there was the Madari Ridge.
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