Today ( since the brutal invasion of the Turkish army of 1974 ) the heartache and sorrow of the Akanthiotes ( who are the rightful owners of Akanthou) and of those who knew Akanthou well is very big. We can not wait for that Day when we will be able to return, to our homes and our village, our homeland that gave birth to us and to our ancestors many centuries before us.
The area of Akanthou covers approx. 50 square miles. The landscape is the combination of high mountains hills, deep cradles, ravines and beautiful valleys.
To the east and south, Akanthou is surrounded by peak tops with such names like: “Grousoupi”(
, “Mavron Oros”(
which means Black Mountain, “Kastro”(
which means Castle. You get the feeling that nature is trying to hide the village from the outside world. In fact the village was purposely built to obscure it from the view of the sea pirates who in those ancient years the pirates were ploughing the seas looking for villages to loot.
To the north the terrain smoothens out towards “Trahona”(
, “Trika Teratsia”(
. Even at lower level towards the breathtaking coastline you will find places like:
. . These names mean nothing to the non-Akanthiotes, but to us the Akanthiotes just the sound of the name of these places bring sorrow and tears to our eyes, eyes which by now are nearly try from the tears, waiting for that Day which we will be able to return to OUR HOMES. It is very hard for us the Akanthiotes and to the other rightful onwners of occupied Cypriot villages to accept the fact that the army of another country can invade Cyprus take away our land with the force of arms and to this day our homeland is being occupied since the Summer of 1974 by the Turkish army while the so called big super powers of the world sit back and do nothing this is injustice to the human race.