Kelefos Bridge, one of three Venetian Bridges in Paphos Region, Cyprus

Kelefos Bridge, one of three Venetian Bridges in Paphos Region, Cyprus

The hidden Venetian bridges in Paphos Forest are testimony to the Venetians rule from 1489-1571.

The bridges formed part of the old camel trail, built to aid the extraction of anything valuable the Venetians could find on the island, for example copper from Pera pedi.

Recently the Department of Forests has opened up a trail from the deserted village of Vretsia to the Elia Bridge and beyond. Its a great walk or 4×4 drive. It’s also used as a Special Stage for the Rally of Cyprus!

The bridges are tucked away in quiet valleys and are a real treasure.  On the hottest days there’s a coolness around them from the gently burbling streams they cross.

To find the bridges, follow the minor road north east from Koilineia (just off the main road from Acheleia to Pano Panagia) through the deserted village of Vretsia – an interesting stop in itself. 

The road becomes a dirt track that a normal car can get along with a bit of care.  The first bridge you find is the Roudia Bridge tucked away on the right.  The next is the Kelefos Bridge on the left as you go through the shallow ford, and then the Elia Bridge comes up next and is tucked away on the right.  They’re all clearly signed, so are quite easy to find.

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