Best Cypriot Villages to Visit
Best Cyprus Villages to Visit
Cyprus is blessed with a plethora of beautiful countryside and coastal villages that have significant culture and historical value. Some of them are reminiscent of years gone by without significant changes being made over the years. Of the many picturesque villages around Cyprus, here are the seven most popular villages to visit.
This is village located on the foothills of the stunning Troodos Mountains and only 55 kilometers from the capital city of Nicosia and Limassol. Kakopetria which lies at an altitude of 667 meters is well known for its apple, pear, plum, apricot and cherry trees. The winding streets of this vibrant paved village lead to the central square with its quant coffee shops and stores that sell the best traditional lokoumades (honey doughnuts) in the region. The cool weather is a draw for visitors who are trying to escape the intense heat of the summer months. The stone houses which all have overhanging wooden balconies with flowerpots are very picturesque and unique to this part of the island. A small community of just over 1000 inhabitants permanently reside in this village which is situated between the banks of the Kargotis and Garillis rivers. The cool weather and the picturesque landscape of Kakopetria village have proved to be a very popular agro tourism spot for locals and tourists alike. Rich in folklore and with warm hospitality by the local community, Kakopetria is a beautiful village to visit. It is one of the best known villages for the production of traditional preserved fruit that is popular in the area.
The village of Lefkara is situated on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains and is famous worldwide for its top quality production of embroidered fabrics which are handmade in the area. It is said that Leonardo da Vinci made a trip to Lefkara to purchase a lace cloth in 1481 which he donated to the Milan Cathedral in Italy. Other attractions in the village are a small Turkish delight factory and a folklore museum which will give a glimpse of what life was like in Cyprus over a century ago. The village is 650 meters above sea level and is a short 45 kilometers away from Nicosia which makes it a popular destination during the summer months due to its cool climate. With a local population exceeding 2500 inhabitants many of which are expats, Lefkara has a welcoming and hospitable community.
Lofou is a village with only 100 permanent residents and the ideal place to visit if you are looking for peace and relaxation. This area is renowned for its mountainous terrain and picturesque buildings and is situated in the Ambelochoria area, which is between Limassol and Paphos. The village is 26 kilometers northwest of the city of Limassol with an altitude of 780 meters above sea level and is built between two rivers, the Kryos and Kouris. The beauty of this village is its close proximity to Limassol and Paphos and its picturesque mountain scenery which offers a welcome change in the summer months due to the cool climate. The village has been restored and the architecture has been safeguarded with the beautiful wooden balconies and narrow cobbled streets remaining the same for over a century. There is also an old traditional church to admire and an olive and flour mill that is still in existence in the rural museum which also houses numerous artifacts that are worth seeing. The village has two traditional taverns and a newly built hotel that is promoting agro tourism in the area.
Omodos is geographically situated in the renowned wine region of the Limassol district. This area is famous for its wineries which produce some of the best Cypriot wines. You can easily spend the day in Omodos visiting the wineries and sampling some of the famous Cypriot hospitality while tasting the superb wines. You will also find a medieval winepress and a wine making device that dates back 500 years which is very interesting to see. The Monastery of the Holy Cross is also in this area and has significant historical value. The village which is built around the Monastery has a large central square which is dotted with coffee shops and tavernas as well as shops that sell traditional fare.
The houses built in Kalopanayiotis are unique in architectural style and are preserved in the old mountain village style of Cyprus. The department of Antiquity has declared these houses as properties for preservation and they are definitely worthy of admiration. Many of these restored houses have been turned into tourist accommodation with the help of finances from the European Union. To get to the village you will drive through the winding streets of the Marathassa Valley and view the Venetian bridges and the UNESCO Heritage Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery. The village is famous for its Sulphur Springs and is located in the evergreen valley of the Setrachos River on the northern slopes of the Troodos Mountains. The village has five watermills in operation along the valley and one of them, the Kykko watermill has been declared a heritage monument. The village has two churches and chapels that date back to the 13th century that are well worth visiting.
The village of Anogyra is situated between the towns of Limassol and Paphos at 400 meters above sea level. This village is famous for its carob trees and is home to the Carob Museum. This peaceful village is a perfect getaway and is characterized by cobbled lanes and old stone built houses. Nestled amongst the Olive trees a few kilometers outside the village square you will find the Oleastro Olive Park. The history of the Olive is explored and explained and you will find interesting facts and information on how the olive oil is processed. Olive related products are on sale for consumption or as souvenirs. The park has activities for children and there is a café on the grounds which serves light lunches. If you are looking for a more substantial meal there are a few tavernas in the village that serve traditional Cypriot meze.
The district of Paphos is blessed with many beautiful picturesque villages and one of the most popular has to be Panayia Village which also happens to be the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III. Set high on the mountain peaks of the Paphos Forest, the village has beautiful views of the countryside and the Kannaviou Dam. The area is home to many churches and monasteries with the most famous being the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery which is a beautiful example of Byzantine art. The village is situated 33 kilometers from Paphos town and offers the ideal climate being 850 meters above sea level. There are two museums in the village, the one is dedicated to the late Archbishop Makarios. One of the best wineries is situated in this area. It is called the ‘Vouni Panayia Winery’ and they offer free winetasting with meals if required. The village cultivates grapes, olives and almonds amongst others.