Achna Dam and Animal Park, Ammochostos


Built in 1987
Achna Dam is located in the Ammochostos district, nestled in between Dasaki Achna and Avgorou, it has a capacity of 6.8 million cubic metres, and supplies water for storage and for the red soil villages aka Kokkinochoria, irrigation system during peak periods and emergencies.

Nature 2000
The basin of the Achna Dam is involved with the programme “Nature 2000” as a Zone of Special Protection since March 2008.

During September and October Achna Dam is a birdwatcher’s paradise.  In particular you can spot an unusually large number of Fish Eagles, who use the wetland as a stop over during their migration trip from North Europe where they breed, on route towards Africa where they hibernate.  It’s also very popular for game fishing and has become one of the most popular reservoirs in the Ammochostos district.

Course Fishing
Many fish species are caught here, including Mirror and Common Carp, Goldfish, Roach, Tilapia, Sunfish and Large Mouth Bass that can all be found in the dam. You may even catch the rare Monster Catfish lurking in the depths! The Carp in Achna Dam averages between 2 to 4 kg, or 4 to 9 lb in English, and can be a strenuous catch, as they are well known for their strong fighting abilities … so be sure you are physically fit if you are planning a day of catching the infamous Achna Carp!

To fish in the dam you will need to obtain a Licence from The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. Without a licence you can be fined up to €500 and the inspectors check frequently so ensure you get yours!

Licence Prices
For a particular body of water 17 euros
For all water bodies of Cyprus 34 euros
For registration and license delivery 25 euros

You can obtain your license from:
Head Office of Fisheries Department at Aiolou 13, Nicosia, 1101, Cyprus.

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or from District Offices of Fisheries Department:
Limassol: near the entrance of the Old Port Tel: 0035725330470
Larnaca: Leoforos Piale Pasha, at the fishing shelter, Tel: 0035724630294
Paphos: Paphos Harbour Tel: 0035726240268
or online:

Whilst dad is fishing, mum and the kids can also have fun exploring the the Animal Park which is located up on the hill by the Achna Dam. There is a small play area for them including a zip line for the older kids. There’s donkeys, goats, pigs, horses, birds and more for them to see together with exciting winding paths for the kids to explore and as a little bonus its free to get in!

Open all year
9 am ’til 5 pm

Achna Dam is easily accessible from the popular resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, about 20 minutes.  It is only a 30 minute leisurely drive from the town of Larnaka.  Easiest access is along the back road from Larnaca or from Vrysoulles, proceed to the roundabout and turn left, follow the road until the you see a sign for Achna Dam.

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