While many Cypriots live in the cities, and most holidaymakers stay in the coastal areas, the lion’s share of the island consists of the unspoilt hinterland with villages stepped in timeless tradition.
Here you’ll find the quiet rhythms of country life – the customs, the home-style cooking and the hearty hospitality of the village people. Stroll through fragrant orange and lemon groves, and you’ll encounter Cyprus at its authentic best.
In rural or semi-rural areas hotels are mostly small or medium sized. In addition, beautiful village houses have been restored in traditional style and they operate as licensed holiday accommodation. They can be country inns, holiday homes or apartments with fully equipped kitchens. All feature typical furnishings and often include gardens and inner courtyards, balconies and terraces. Our exclusive selection of Agrotourism accommodation is an alternative holiday that must be experienced and is surely the best way to discover the unique flavour of the island and feel part of the genuine village life!!!
LARNAKA (Larnaca) REGION
The village of Lefkara, west of Larnaka, is famous for its lace known as ‘Lefkaritika’ and its silverware. It is said that Leonardo De Vinci bought lace here in 1481 for an altar cloth in Milan Cathedral.
The local ‘Lefkara Lace’ is hand made by local women using Irish Linen. Many of the women sit in their doorways where you can watch them practising their trade.
Picturesque village of Lefkara is a model of unspoilt Cypriot naturalness and simplicity. Beautiful village houses have been restored in traditional style and they operate as licensed holiday accommodation.
Choirokoitia is an archaeological landmark located about 30 minutes from Larnaka, Lefkosia and Lemesos. This fascinating ancient site dates back to 6,000BC and is thought to be one of the earliest permanent human settlements in Cyprus. The Choirokoitia Neolithic settlement is included in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list since 1998. It is one of the best preserved settlements of this period in Cyprus and in the whole of Easter Mediterranean. Five dwellings have been constructed and contain replicas of items found at the site to give visitors a better idea of how the original residents would have lived.
Kalavassos Neolithic Settlement is located on the Lemesos - Lefkosia highway and is protected under a huge tent. The settlement in one of Cyprus’s most important Neolithic settlements and dates back to 7,000BC.
On the outskirts of Kalavasos villages is the Kalavasos dam built in 1985 on a seasonal river. The views of the countryside when driving to the dam are outstanding.
Tochni is a small and picturesque village which lies halfway between Larnaka and Lemesos. Set on the slopes of two hills, its stone-built houses line the narrow streets that wind their way to the beautiful church of St. Constantinos and Eleni.
Guests can stroll along the narrow cobbled paths to the village square have a coffee in the local coffee shop and settle into an easy-going Mediterranean lifestyle that respects and nurtures timeless traditions.
The coastal area of Zygi is one of the richest breeding grounds of Cyprus in terms fishing. As a result, hundreds of fresh fish fans swarm the community, especially during weekends and holidays to enjoy the famous, high quality fish restaurants.
LEFKOSIA (Nicosia) REGION
The village is one of the most beautiful in the Troodos range, cascading down both sides of Troodos Valley. In the center of the village is a large square surrounded with tavernas or local restaurants shaded by tall trees. The old quarter of the village, with its traditional houses has been declared a protected area. Yet, the village is a very accommodating to tourists, with numerous hotels, restaurants and even night clubs.
The entire village has been declared an ancient monument in order to preserve the remarkable woodwork and folk architecture of the 18th century houses. Fikardou village is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. The houses of Katsinioros and Achilleas Demetri, sections of which date back to the 16th century, have been restored as vivid examples of rural architecture. Both houses received the EUROPA NOSTRA award in 1987.
The picturesque village of Kalopanayiotis with its traditional architecture, its cobbled streets and footpaths, the chapels and the Byzantine churches, is an example of genuine traditional community unaffected by modern day civilization. Houses with tiled rooftops, picturesque balconies, courtyards with shady vine trees climbing everywhere are the main characteristics of the village. All these are surrounded by the lavish green vegetation of the Setrachos Valley. In Kalopanayiotis, beautiful and of great historical importance Byzantine churches can be found amongst which; the church of Saint Marina and Panayia Theotokos, the Chapels of Saint Andronikos and Saint Athanasia, Saint George, Saint Kyriakos, Archangelos Michael, Saint Sergios and Bachos and Panayia Theoskepasti. Last but surely not least is the unique Byzantine monument the monastery of Saint John Lampadisitis which is one of the ten designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the area.
LEMESOS (Limassol) REGION
KALO CHORIO (Good Village)
Home of the famous Commandaria Wine. Kalo Chorio is a beautiful village located 21 kilometres north of Lemesos. Driving to Kalo Chorio from Lemesos, you will go through the villages of Ayia Fila, Palodia, Paramytha and Gerasa. As soon as you leave Gerasa you pass through the beautiful evergreen forest of Ayia Paraskevi where after two kilometres you arrive at Kalo Chorio. The neighbouring villages are Zopygi, Louvaras, Ayios Pavlos and Ayios Constantinos.
The historic village of Omodos is located only 42 kilometers away from the city of Lemesos and "is the centre of the wine-villages’. Omodos is perhaps one of the few villages that preserve unadulterated its old beauty and its absolutely Cypriot character. Omodos, built at the slope of the mountain, between a verdant carpet of vines, surrounded by mountains that appear as though they were placed in a masterly layout, is one of the most picturesque villages of Cyprus. The large plaza of the village, unique in its graphic quality and size, in front of the majestic monastery of the Holy Cross, the medieval Winepress, the narrow alleys, and the stone-made houses all 'drowned' in green lend a special beauty and charm to the village. The inhabitants of Omodos, apart from growing vines and producing excellent wine and 'zivania' (traditional alcoholic beverage), are also famous for the making of 'soutzoukos' (must-stick with almonds), 'palouze' (must jelly), 'kkiofterka' (dried must jelly in rhomboid pieces), and 'koulourka' (rusks). The 'arkatena koulourka' (crunchy rusks with yeast) of Omodos are also well known and sought after throughout Cyprus.
Lofou is listed by UNESCO as an architecturally important village. Little more than 20 years ago it was an abandoned village but now people are returning and restoring their traditional homes. With a labyrinth of cobbled, traffic-free streets to explore and ruins sitting comfortably alongside renovated homes; Lofou gives a feeling of timelessness and wonder.
The peace and tranquillity to be found in the village makes Lofou an ideal destination for those wishing to escape the pressure of modern life.
PAFOS (Paphos) REGION
Located at a hilltop, Tsada is a village which is located only 10 minutes away from Pafos city centre. A lot of restaurants and traditional Cyprus tavernas are located here. The village is famous for the Cyprus drink, the local ‘fire water’ or Zivania. Hospitality and friendliness are the virtues of the local people that help to make tourists feel at home.
Kallepia is a village built at 500m above sea level and is located 13 km northeast of Pafos. Kallepia is famous for its beautiful locale; the fascinating architecture of stone built houses, the beautiful craftsmanship including beautifully created pitchers and clay pots. The marble rocks at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, the Old Church of Ayios Georgios are famous tourist attractions surrounded by plantations and vineyards. Kallepia is also known for artwork exhibitions.
Nata is a village which is located near Pafos and is easily accessible from the airport. Nata is a quiet, peaceful countryside village. It is an ideal tourist spot where the peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating ambience makes it an apt place. Nata is a favourite tourist destination with many foreigners choosing to settle down on a permanently. According to Mythology, Nata is the place where Aphrodite, the Godness of Love and Beauty fell in love with Adonis.
Letympou is a small village which lies 12 km from Pafos and offers picturesque mountain views. The village is famous for it's churches, the most famous of which is Agios Kyrikos, with beautiful, well preserved wall paintings, which dates back to the 15th century. The village is famous as a tourist spot. Visit the restored fountain and Heroes Monument is located in the village square. Letympou's quarry produces beautiful marble slabs used as flooring material in many of the local houses.
Mesa Chorio is a small traditional village which is located 3km north east of Pafos harbour. Mesa Chorio is a typical Cypriot village embedded with tradition and a tranquilizing ambience much to the refreshment of its tourists. The village is one of the best rural settings for relaxing. Mesa Chorio has some of the best buildings exemplified with architectural brilliance; it is also one of the best places to view beautiful surroundings, extending from Pafos airport to the Sea Caves.
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