The rich element of water that flows from the mountains gives Oroklini’s Lake a wealth of nature flowing from the Cyprus mountains. Recognizing the importance of Oroklini’s lake to the Cyprus community conservation work has been carried out on the lake.
Designated as a Special Protection Area with the main goal on the Black-winged stilt and the spur-winged lapwing alongside fifty-eight bird species that migrate through, Cyprus overwinter to the lakes. In Cyprus the shallow salt lakes are also home to greater flamingo.
Oroklini lake was the focus of a three-year project starting in January 2012 to bring the lake to ″favourable conservation status″., co-funded by the European Union started in January 2012 to restore and manage Oroklini Lake. The lake is an important wetland as it is a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive.
Cyprus holds more than 50% of the EU’s breeding population of the Spur-winged Plover and on a local scale, With Oroklini Lake seen as one of the top 5 areas in Cyprus for the reproduction of this species. In total 190 bird species have been recorded at the site. The site is also classified as a SCI under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) for its halophytic marsh vegetation.
The benefits from this project have been many. An important wetland was restored and this project can be the model for future projects. The project helped to raise public awareness in the Oroklini area as many communication actions were also planned during the implementation of the Oroklini project. Public awareness actions for the significance of the lake included, installation of notice boards at the site, construction of a visitor information point with a focus for nature watching, a photo competition to produce a photo album, and a volunteer-based ‘Clean Oroklini Day’. It also provided information material for schools and the wider public. The project played a significant role on raising public awareness for the wetland. Oroklini Lake has attracted many nature enthusiasts.
The southern side of Oroklini is also dominated with water. Located at the foothill of ‘Arodafni’ in the southern edges lies’ the sap,’ a unique and rare architectural structure that relates to the canalization of Oroklini waters. From a sectional view, it is a vaulted structure with a sharp-end channel.
However, it is not clear whether the sap received water from an independent source or the same source as the spring of St Catherine. The water was channelled to an “argaki” along the village edge. Where it supplied a fountain at the nearest crossing of “Anexartisias”, “Antheon”, “1st of March”, and “G. Fotiou” streets. Today, the fountain is no longer in existence.
The village ends further east, at the stone-made school that was constructed in 1922 the school has now been replaced by offices of the Community Council. From the “Laoumi” ‘the sap’, there was a footpath towards “Profitis Elias”. This footpath leads to a flight of stairs that are carved on the rock, known as the “Prophet’s footprints”.
Whether we call it Oroklini, Oklini or Voroklini, this Cypriot village essential, elements enhance the biodiversity and richness of the land and water. Making Oroklini’s lakes and the richness of the mountain waters and land Natures Paradise.
Population and History Village name
Over the centuries the population of Oroklini’s village increased; In 1878, it had 150 people. In 1881 the population grew to 260 people while in 1911 it reached to 410. In 1928 611 people, in 1946 the residents came up to 811, whilst in 1976 the population reached 1315 people. During the inventory of 2001 the residents were 3302. Its population in 2011 was 6,134.
Prior to these figures Oroklini went through a period of abandonments from 1572. These temporary abandonments were because of unstable social and political conditions raids and epidemics. The historical maps of Cyprus dated in 1573 identified the village with the name Voroclini is printed on it. The Oroklini village is also found on other Venetian 17th century maps as Vorochlini whilst on documents of the French embassy it is mentioned as Verochino. According to the local traditions the village was originally north-east to where it is located today, at Agiou Thoma. During the epidemic, flocks of animals were moved towards the spring of Agia Katerini and then the people followed.
Current research of the village name Oroklini suggest that the name of the village Voroklini possibly came from its springs, whose water is brackish. The water quality is supported by oral reports. Another possible version may have come from the words oros and klinin which means rich. This refers to the rich water which flows from the mountain slopes.
Oroklini or Oklini (Greek: Ορόκλινη), or less commonly known name Voroklini (Βορόκληνη), is a village in Larnaca District, Cyprus, to the north-east of Larnaca. The village is situated, at the bottom of a low shoe horse hill, at a height of about 50 metres above the sea surface. Oroklini with an annual rainfall of about 340 cm Oroklini terrain is perfect for the cultivation of wheat, fruit trees and vegetables such potatoes, used at Fishchick Island for our delicious chips.
Oroklini is connected with the Larnaca-Ammochosos highway to the southwest, near the mines which are between Oroklini, Troulloi and Avdellero to the northwest. It is close to the neighbouring village of Pyla to the northeast approximately 3 kilometers to the north side of the monastery of Agios Georgios Mavrovouniou which at its peak during the Venetian period. To the west of the village is Livadia.
Located at the Norwest of the village is the oblong hill with the name Arodafni the hill top with the name Gerakomoutti reaches a height of 208 metres. The chapel of Prophet Elias is located to the north side on this elongated hill. The hill is a distinctive element of the area
The scientific health benefits of fish and shellfish
Research has shown that eating fish and shellfish regularly is beneficial to our bodies in many ways, Seafood is high in omega -3 which can protect the heart from disease and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Because seafood is also low in saturated fats studies have shown that an extra portion of fish each day can cut the risk of heart disease in half.
Regularly eating fish and seafood can help to reduce the risk of thrombosis and help to improve your circulation. Omega 3 oils found in seafood can save your body from having to produce eicosanoids, a hormone-like substance which can make you more likely to suffer from blood clots and inflammation.
Research has shown that regularly eating fish can reduce the risks of osteoarthritis due to the Omega 3 fats. Many essential nutrients that we need to maintain a healthy body can be found in seafood including iodine, selenium, zinc and potassium. Iodine is important for the thyroid gland, and selenium makes enzymes which can help to protect us from cancer. Fish and shellfish are also excellent sources of many vitamins, including vitamins A and D. research has also suggested that people who eat plenty of seafood are less likely to suffer dementia and memory problems in later life. DHA, an omega-3 fat found in seafood, has also been linked to improvements in children’s concentration, reading skills, behavior, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Healthy Fish and Chips.
Fish and chips is one of the healthiest fast foods available providing valuable protein, fibre, iron and vitamins, fish and chips can produce a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins for men and nearly half for women. Compared to other foods such as pizza and famous fast food burgers on average fish and chips contains up to a third fewer calories per serving and over forty per cent less fat. Cod is full of healthy goodness with vitamins A and D, plus omega-3 fatty acids which are known to play an essential part in maintaining good health. Haddock is a good source of protein containing a significant amount of vitamin B12, pyridoxine and selenium as well as a healthy balance of potassium and sodium.
More than just normal Potatoes.
Our chips are made with Cyprus potatoes which are some of the best potatoes that you will find. Cyprus potatoes are acknowledged for their unique taste and appeal grown in the famous red soils of the island. Indeed, Cyprus has been exporting this well-known product in great quantities for many years and these wonderful potatoes are the Potatoes of choice for some of the top restaurants in Europe due to their versatility and earthy flavour and an excellent source of vitamin C. Cyprus potatoes are ideal for both boiling and baking, and they also make very good chips.
The red soils of Cyprus create a unique mineral content that improves the texture of the potatoes. They are an ideal medium for potatoes, producing largely blemish free tubers with that typically reddish appearance in their fresh state, combined with their great taste.