- ABOUT THE SPOT
Kayaking in Memi Mine, Troodos, Cyprus
Xyliatos is a village up on the Troodos mountains, at an altitude of 515 m /1689 ft, in the Nicosia district. It is located at about 50 km / 31 mi southwest of the capital, Nicosia. The village is mostly known for its famous Xyliatos waterdam; a location at which many people resort to escape from their everyday routine.
Memi Μine, also known as “Alepou” (fox), is the copper and ore mine that was once operated in the area; around 1000 m / 0.62 mi from the village’s center.
The rain water that now ends up in the mine’s crater is forming a truly unique lake. Because of the copper alloy that still lies at the bottom of it, the lake’s water changes its color depending on the season. Dark green in Winter, deep ocean blue during Spring. Spring’s deep blue slightly fades in the Summer giving a wonderful turquoise color allover the lake. In Fall, the color of the water changes completely again, taking a light green shade preparing it to welcome again the forest green color of the Winter.
The way to the lake and Memi mine is considered a dangerous one. To get there, it is highly recommended to stay on the wide dirt road leading there and avoid entering the lanes formed by the mine’s debris.
Besides that, the lake is considered of the most beautiful ones on the island of Cyprus and an alternative way to keep active around the water, yet avoid the busy beaches during the high Summer season.