The largest dam in the Paphos District was constructed between 1978 and 1982 and was formally opened in December 1982. With a total capacity of 52 million cubic meters of water, it is also the second largest dam in Cyprus.
Built at an altitude of approximately 100m above sea level, the dam is 16 km2 east of the city of Paphos. 700 meters long, the dam has a total surface area of 277km2. Fed by the Xeros River, it supplies water to most of the inhabitants of the district.
Due to low rainfall, it is rare for the dam to overflow and allow the Xeros river access to the sea. This occurred for the first time in 8 years, when in 2012, Asprokremnos overflowed due to exceptionally high rainfall.
A popular fishing and picnic spot, the dam is home to a variety of fish including bass, carp, silver bream and crayfish. Please note that a fishing license is required to fish in this dam. All water sports are banned on this dam.
The dam is accessed by a service road. Simply follow the B6 (Old Paphos-Limassol road) and turn left when prompted by the signs. To the left of the dam is a small forested area with benches, while across the dam (accessed by a service road that spans the dam-wall) are gentle sloping shores that are often spotted with fishermen.
For more details of Cyprus Dams and Reservoirs, go to our 'Places of Interest' menu on the general information page.