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i närheten av Skarínou, Eparchía Lárnakas (Cyprus)
Track is beautiful and easy, but some part has mud after the reservoir. If you go right after rain in rainy winter season may get bogged with improper driver technic, tyres or car.
Last year hiking path
Four km to the North of the village, following the road to the village of Kornos, there is the Lefkara Dam and Three km to the South of the village near to Kato Lefkara is thw Dipotamos Dam. Lefkara Dam is one of the large dams of Cyprus, with a capacity of about 14 million c.m of water. In years with a normal precipitation a quantity of about six million c.m of water can be collected within the catch area of the dam. The whole landscape of the dam is reminiscent of Swiss lakes or of Norwegian fiords. The visitors can fish in the dam’s water trouts or cyprines and they can also seek for “mirofores” and narcissus around the nearby hills. On “green” Monday hundreds of people come here to celebrate the traditional fiesta of this day.
Built amidst the hillsides and with an average altitude of 190 metres above sea level, Skarinou is the heart of Cyprus. It is located on the island's road-network axis that connects Nicosia, Limassol, and Larnaca.
According to tradition, the village received its name during the Medieval times. In old maps it is found marked as Scharino but also as S. Harino, the letter S standing for "Saint". However, it is not certain which is the name of the Saint (perhaps Chariton), since it is a name misquoted during the Frank domination era. Therefore it is possible that the original name of the village referred to a Saint during the Byzantine times, e.g. Saint Chariton, today's corrupted name originating from it.
According to another point of view that Nearchos Clerides mentions, the village's name has its origins in the name or a characteristic of the first settler, which he assumes was named Skarinos (means shepherd that took his flock to pasture during the night). (Encyclopaedia of Cyprus, Andros Pavlides). Whichever of the above interpretations we choose to accept, the conclusion is that the village of Skarinou was probably founded before the Frank domination era and during the Byzantine days.
Because of its geographical position, the village has gone through a continuous increase of population from 1881 until 1921. In 1881 its inhabitants were 227, increasing to 341 by 1921. In 1941 the inhabitants decreased to 335, increasing to 411 in 1946. As a result of the urban pull and emigration, the village's inhabitants gradually decreased, dropping down to 181 in 1982. Today, in 2004, Skarinou's permanent inhabitants amount to 250.
Skarinou, built at the hillsides with the "Panagia i Odigitria" (the Guiding Virgin Mary) church being the dominant building, is one of the most picturesque villages of Cyprus. Its houses are made of local stone and preserve their traditional folkloric architecture to a rather great degree.
Apart from the "Panagia i Odigitria" church, there also are another two country churches, dedicated to Saint George and Apostle Luke. Another note-worthy spot in the village is the old fountain, which is located at the community's centre.
The village became well known throughout Cyprus for its station (road stop). The Station of Skarinou is found on the old Limassol - Nicosia highway.