Ideal weather conditions and a vast choice of diverse accommodation and self-catering facilities that operate throughout the year, Pafos offers a unique rural experience that combines beautiful countryside, picturesque village, historical sites and landmarks, cultural activities, Byzantine treasures and much more.
Argaka is a village in the Pafos district located at the valley of Polis Chrysochous and at the central eastern part of the Chrysochous Bay. Argaka is surrounded by scenic mountains and isolated beaches. Set between Pomos and Latchi, it is a slow-paced village with many churches and winding streets that lead to shops, coffee bars and taverns. The unhurried way of life extends further onto the sandy beaches and mountains, where walkers take relaxing strolls through the rural landscape.
Figs, grapes, apples, oranges and lemons, the aroma of fruit will embrace you at every turn in Argaka’s fertile surroundings. Unsurprisingly, walking is the most popular pastime in the area, and if you are prepared to strike out into the hills, you will be rewarded with secluded villages and Byzantine churches dating back centuries. Many rivers flow in this region towards the sea, one of which passes adjacent to the village. The river of Makounda, which serves as Argaka’s main dam, is located southeast of the village. The village of Argaka is home to several Agrotoursim lodgnings that include villas and traditional restaurants, while the coastal side of the village includes one of the most important beaches that are a nesting ground for green turtles. This beach forms part of the Natura 2000 network in Cyprus. Situated east of the settlement is Agia Varbara Monastery with its holy spring, known as the “Monk’s Fountain”.
Chlorakas Vllage features beautiful beaches and many old and modern buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and hospitable residents. Its main characteristics are its rocky beaches, clear blue waters, and natural environment. The whole village is a balcony to the Mediterranean incorporating rocky slopes, trees, and green fields in its landscape.
The name Geroskipou is derived from the classical Greek “Hieros Kipos” meaning “Sacred Garden”. It is believed that in ancient times it used to be an extensive area of beautiful gardens, dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. Today, the gardens have been replaced by a modern village renowned for its traditional sweets known as “Cyprus delights”. The town of Geroskipou is included as a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Kissonerga is one of the largest communities in terms of population in the Pafos Region, situated 112 metres above sea level. It is renowned for its many banana plantations. Today, Kissonerga is one of the most developing villages in the region of Pafos. Its traditional half includes the old neighbourhood, with its narrow alleyways and traditional small houses; the other side is a modern town surrounded by luxurious large houses, hotel resorts, traditional taverns, and vast array of international restaurants. Adjacent to the plentiful banana crops, visitors can cool off on one of the beautiful beaches of the village and tour the archaeological sites of the area.
Built on a site that was once the former kingdom of Pafos, the main settlement of Kouklia is positioned at an altitude of 100 meters above sea level. Located to the north of the central highway connecting Pafos and Limassol, this historic village contains findings of various chronological periods with evidence of human activity dating back 5,000 years (from the late Chalcolithic period).
During the Byzantine years, Kouklia was part of the property of an officer Kouvikoulariou (a bodyguard of the Byzantine emperor). Under Frankish rule, the village was converted into a royal estate, where sugar cane was cultivated. It derives its modern name from the paraphrasing of the word “kou (vou) klia,” meaning an imperial dormitory.
Situated on the territory of important ancient kingdoms and in the coastal region that gave birth to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, Kouklia is a living archaeological site, while their heavy cultural heritage has resulted in great tourist development. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of Palaipafos (south of the village), and the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One of the area’s natural wonders is Petra tou Romiou, located on the homonymous beach of the area. Cycling routes and nature trails are available for the whole family to enjoy and explore the area. Although a traditional village, Kouklia is also home to some luxurious resorts with championship golf courses and tennis courts, while there are also holiday villas available offering services and eateries.
Built at an altitude of 80 metres above sea level, amidst many fertile fields where vegetables are grown, the artistic village of Lemba boasts magnificent views of the Mediterranean, set against a backdrop of banana plantations. Often likened to a treasure trove filled with historical gems, it is no exaggeration to call the whole of Pafos Region an open history book, as the entire area is a UNESCO world heritage site. Just a few kilometres outside Pafos, it is certainly far more than just a little place. As with many of Cyprus’ villages, it has its own secrets to tell with a history that is both intricate and colourful. Believed to have played host to its first settlers in the Chalcolithic Period, the village stands proud as one of the most ancient on the island, with excavations by the School of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh having revealed several cruciform female figurines carved in stone dating back to Chalcolithic ages. But more than that, excavations have also brought to life an important settlement of the Chalcolithic Age (3900 -2500 BC), and, if you head to the area, you can catch a glimpse of some great replicas of the five houses from this period that have been reconstructed using the same building materials used thousands of years ago. Keep in mind that this settlement is part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route. Modern artistic creation never stops in Lemba. Recently, the settlement was established as the Cultural Village of Cyprus, followed by the creation of the appropriate infrastructure for its promotion outside the borders of Cyprus (with artists’ hosting programmes, a hosting centre for artists and students, etc.).
Mandria village is situated in the Pafos district, 13 kilometres southeast of Pafos and 2 kilometres from Timi village. The area is built on the coastal plain of Pafos at an altitude of 22 metres above sea level. The Xeros River borders the village to the east, upon which the Asprokremos Dam was established. Towards the prosperous parts of the village, citrus, beans, wheat, and olive trees are cultivated. Many vegetables are also cultivated including potatoes, carrots, watermelons, melons, onions, beetroots, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
Mandria Bay is made up of sheltered coves surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops. Although the beaches are not popular, visitors will never experience unpleasant overcrowding, noise, or litter, even in peak season. The village itself is a mixture of rural Cypriot life and ex-pat community with taverns and amenities set around a traditional village square. Although there are modern residential developments in this area, Mandria is still relatively unspoiled and has a wonderful, rugged coastline to explore.
The beautiful scenery around this village, which features pristine clean beaches, is close to the Akamas forest, an area rich in natural vegetation. In the seaside area of the village, tourist accommodation and holiday cottages have been built. The Baths of Aphrodite, the nature of Akamas with the many Nature Trails, as well as the many endemic and non-endemic bird species in the area, have attracted a wide interest in recent years. In the centre of the settlement of Neo Chorio, stands the gothic single-spaced large church of Agios Minas, built in 1912. Read more from website
Polis Chrysochous is a small town at the northwest end of the island of Cyprus. It is located at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula and nature reserve. It is a quiet tourist resort, supported by agriculture and fishing.
Pomos is a peaceful and quiet village, suitable for those wanting to experience an authentic Cypriot way of life. Isolated from the hustle and bustle that is characteristic of many tourist resorts. Pomos prides itself on its coastal views, sandy beaches, clean air, and warm hospitality, making it the ideal place for rest and relaxation. Read more
Timi is a village in the Pafos district of Cyprus, located 8 km east of the town. Pafos International Airport is located 5 minutes’ away from the village. Timi is home to several historic and ancient sites, most notably the “burrows” that gave water to the stone-made drinking fountains of the settlement and the Byzantine church of Agia Sophia, which during the Ottoman domination, was turned into a mosque, and today is under the protection of the Department of Antiquities. Timi is mainly an agricultural community where large numbers of vegetables are cultivated including potatoes, carrots, peanuts, beetroots, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
Agia Marinouda Chrysochous
Agia Marina Chrysochous is located about 14 kilometers northeast of Polis Chrysochous. In the village of Agia Marina Chrysochous, citrus fruits, vegetables, bananas, fruits, and cereals are harvested. The green colour of the mountains combined with the blue of the sea create a stunning landscape. Visitors can experience the exquisite seaside Community Park, but also follow one of the Nature Trails that offer the best way to enjoy the area’s unique beauty.
The village of Gialia received its name from the Gialias River which passes through the village. The river begins from the middle of the mountains and divides the village from two slides. The main road of the village is located on the left side of the river.
The seaside village of Nea Dimmata is in the Pafos district, around 14 kilometres northeast of Polis Chrysochous. It derives its name from the desimo (tying) of the rivers along its length, to create smaller rivers that were once used to collect water for farming and drinking for the animals. The original village was not in its current location. The former village was a pasture, used for grazing animals.
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Located a short distance from the town of Pafos and situated on the right bank of the Ezousa River, sits the beautiful village of Agia Varvara. Associated with Saint Barbara, its patron saint, the village features two churches dedicated in her name. Agia Varvara has a rich inheritance, and a history that dates to the 17th Century. The area was probably inhabited from the Middle Bronze Age.
Agios Dimitrianos is located at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level. Although a small community, both luxurious rooms and traditional guesthouses are available for rent, while those who visit the area for its natural beauty are impressed by its verdant landscape, traditional café, and unique character. The circular Nature Trail of Arnies, located outside the community and between the settlements of Agios Dimitrianos and Psathi, commences here.
Agios Ioannis is located between two of the biggest rivers of the Pafos district, Diarizos and Xeropotamos. It lies adjacent to the villages of Salamiou and Arminou at an altitude of 650 metres above sea level. According to tradition, the name of the area is associated with Agios Ioannis (Saint John) of Kaliergous who was born nearby and lived in the first half of the 12th Century (1100-1150 AD).
Akoursos village is located east of Pegeia and south of Kathikas, approximately 400 metres above sea level. Mavrokolymbos Dam is en route to the village, and the main road continues to Kathikas, offering spectacular scenic views and vantage points.
Amargeti is a village of unique beauty with magnificent archaeological findings, is located east of the town of Pafos and belongs to the geographical region of Ampelochoria. The region is renowned for its production of wine and Zivania, Cyprus’ traditional alcoholic drink. The main church of the community is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Panayia) which was built towards the end of 19th Century on the foundations of the older chapel dedicated to Saint George.
Anadiou is a village located on the southwest foothills of the Troodos Mountains, 18 kilometres southeast of Polis and two kilometres north of Phiti. Situated on the edge of the Pafos Forest and surrounded by a lush verdant environment, visitors will experience peace and tranquility near the mountainous site, complemented by beautiful rivers and small waterfalls that lay hidden within the forest. Close to the village is the 15th Century Skarfou Bridge, over the river Stavros tis Psokas.
Anarita is a village in Pafos, situated 16 kilometres southeast of the town. Built at an altitude of 105 metres above sea level and offering splendid views of the southwestern beaches of the island, the village has a long and rich tradition. Residents of Anarita managed to turn the village into an important agriculture, livestock, and dairy farming centre, renowned for its Anari and Halloumi cheese. Historically, the village has existed since the Frankish era and was included in the list of medieval feuds in Cyprus. Together with other villages, Anarita was donated by Jacob II of the Louzinian family to a former knight known as Jerome Salviati.
The village of Androlykou is situated 8 kilometres southeast of Polis Chrysochous and is within short distance from Neo Chorio. Androliykou village is located near the Akamas Peninsula and it is believed that its name is derived from the Greek “andros,” meaning “man” and “likos” meaning wolf. An important archaeological monument is the church of Agios Mamas, located between the villages of Androlykou and Neo Chorio. One of the natural wonders worth visiting in the village, are the Androlykou Gorges, which are under the protection of the Natura 2000 network.
The village of Archimandrita is located 30 kilometres northwest of Pafos. Built in the “embrace” of a verdant landscape of the mountains of Pafos, between the rivers of Ha Potami and Diorozos. The area is a fertile ground for the cultivation of vineyards and olives, while the Archimandrita settlement, according to de La Latri was part of the Lusignan – Venetian royal estate. The settlement features the first wind farm in Cyprus, in Oreites.
Armou is a hilltop village on the outskirts of Pafos. The village of situated on the slopes of the mountain at an altitude of 350 metres from the sea and 4 kilometres from the city centre. Boasting unbelievable panoramic view of the coastline and beyond, the village is renowned for its beautiful climate; the proximity of the community to the city has attracted many locals and foreigners who have either bought or built their own home in the village. The central square of the village features a traditional café and tavern.
Arodes located 7 kilometres from the Mediterranean and is situated close to the Akamas Peninsula. The village is composed of two smaller settlements: Pano Arodes (mainly Greek Cypriot) and Kato Arodes (previously a Turkish Cypriot settlement).
Asprogia is a village in the district of Pafos. Standing almost at the limits of the luscious Pafos Forest, the village is one of the small wine-producing regions. The village is located southwest of the Troodos Mountains offering amazing views to the visitor at an altitude of 670 metres above sea level. An important occupation for the locals is the production of Zivania. The central church of the community is dedicated to Agios Epiphanios, a small, stone-built temple. The village is only 17 kilometres from Kykkos Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Cyprus.
Axylou is a village in the district of Pafos district, close to the main town. The favourable climate of Axylou received cool breezes from the Pafos Forest, particularly in the summer. On the road between the villages of Axylou and Nata, the cave of Saint Epiphanios, Charites (Chariton) and Alexandros can be found. The cave is where the saints preached.
Choulou lies 22 kilometres northeast of Pafos town. In the middle Ages it was a famous feudal town associated with the popular Cypriot folk song, “Arodafnousa.” Significant churches in the village are the church of Panagia Pantanassa with its 16th Century frescoes, the Byzantine chapel of Agios Georgios and the 12th Century chapel of Agios Theodoros.
Choli is located south of Polis Chrysochous. AS one of the small traditional villages of Cyprus, Choli is intersected by the river flowing from Stavros tis Psokas (Paphos Forest). The region is also synonymous with its decades of basketry craftsmanship. Visitors can observe the local basket weavers near the traditional cafeteria of the community. The 16th Century vaulted church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Eleousa emerges at the southeast end of the community, as well as the 15th Century Archangel Michael Church of Choli, one of the most important churches in the area, known for its impressive architecture and interior decoration.
The village of Drymou spreads over two steep slopes which are separated by a narrow valley. In the village of Drymou one can admire neighbourhoods with houses of popular architecture, as well as a church dedicated to Metamorphosis of Christ (Sotiros). Moreover, there are also some stretches of land covered in grains.
Drynia is a village that belongs to the geographical region of Ampelochoria of Pafos. It is located 25 kilometres northeast of Pafos at an average altitude of 552 metres above sea level. The area focuses on winemaking and cereal farming. A few legumes and almond trees are also grown in the region. Drynia is also known for its intricate broidery that incorporates vivid colours and ethnic designs known as Fitiotika (given from the name of the nearby village of Fiti). The village church dedicated to Saint George was built in 1755.
Eledio village is an exceedingly small village in the district of Pafos. It has less than fifty inhabitants. The Village features a panoramic viewpoint on the hill next to the new Agia Irini Church. The viewpoint enables visitors to observe the surrounding areas.
Emba is one of the largest villages in the region of Pafos. The village traces its existence back to the Byzantine era, and it is known from the Frankish period with the same name. Sightseeing for those who arrive in the area is mostly of religious interest; most notable is the 12th Century church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Chryseleousa of Emba Paphou. The newly built church of Saint Charalambos serves as the the central and modern church of the village, similar to that of the church of the Apostle Andrew built in 1996.
The small village of Episkopi is immersed in charming natural surroundings with a unique landscape of rugged rocks dotted with grapevines. The area is a nature-lover’s paradise, and perfect for rambling and walking, thanks to its four organised nature trails. The village’s trademark is the vertical rock that is ideal for birdwatching or climbing and is located almost in the centre of the village. Episkopi Rock is the largest monolithic volume in Cyprus. More information about the natural environment of the area can be obtained from the Environmental Information Centre of Episkopi located within the boundaries of village, on the main road that connects the village with Pafos Town.
Filousa Chrysochous is situated about 40 kilometres north of Pafos. It is s one of the small communities of the region and features many of the natural beauties of the Cypriot countryside. The settlement is built on a green hillside with carob, olive, and fruit trees, and overlooks the neighbouring villages of the area. Visitors to the village can admire the characteristic two-storied mansions of the Pafos Region, most of which have been renovated with stone or wood. In addition, the village’s main attractions are the central church of Agios Georgios and the ancient bridge of Skarfou, the oldest preserved bridge in Cyprus (1618 AD).
The hillside village of Evretou is located approximately 3 kilometres near Simou village adjacent to the Eretre Dam. It features a mosque near the village centre that has been recently restored.
Galataria Village has managed to retain most of its traditional charm, with many old stone village houses dotted around the village. There are also a few ruins and damaged houses in evidence, due to a small earthquake which hit the village in 1954. It is located 3 kilometres east of Agios Photios and 1 kilometre south of the village of Koilineia in the Xeros Potamos valley.
Giolou is located 20 kilometres north of Pafos town at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level. The main church of Giolou is dedicated to Panagia Chryseleousa. The village features many churches dedicated to Agios Georgios, Agios Markos, Agia Irini, Agios Arkadios, Agios Nippios and the Prophet Elias. In the village of Giolou there is also the old traditional mill, which serves almost all the surrounding villages of Pafos. It borders with Korakou, Simou, Drymou, Stroumbi, Theletra and Miliou villages.
Goudi is a village in the Chrysochous valley of the Pafos district nestled on the banks of River Tzelepis. It is situated 100 meters above sea level and is spread over a mild hillside between 60 and 120 meters. Cereals, pulses, tobacco, vegetables, vines, citrus, almonds, olives and carobs are grown in the area. One olive press still working in the village.
Located to the northeast of Pafos, approximately 13 kilometres away, is the village of Kallepia. Built at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the village of Kallepia is renowned for its beauty. Kallepia preserves many of its old, authentic features such as the stone-built houses with their large courtyards, great number of pitchers, clay pots and earthenware jars; the stone-built winepress, abundance of marble rocks are located at the Monastery of the Holy Cross which is built entirely out of marble. The church of Agios Georgios is another religious site of importance. The surrounding area is overgrown with rich vegetation, plantations and vineyards, and is ideal for beautiful walks.
Kannaviou is a village in the district of Pafos situated 29 kilometres northeast of the main town. Built in the depths of the Ezousa Rver valley at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level, and remarkably close to the homonymous dam, Kannaviou is a relatively large settlement with vineyards, olive, and beech trees, including oak and plane trees, and features many places of natural beauty. At the entrance to the village, there is the local winery – a modern unit that produces selected wines from family vineyards recognised both locally and internationally. Visitor cans sample the native varieties (white dry, Maratheftiko, Cabernet Sauvignon and rose). There is also a beautiful excursion area with plane trees next to the river and close to the winery.
The village of Kelokedara is situated in Pafos, 33 kilometres east of the main town, at an altitude of almost 700 metres above sea level. Situated between Paoura Mountain and the valley Xeropotamos, Kelokedara village features many places of interest including the church of Agios Georgios and the Chapel of the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. The recreation centre of Kelokedara is enriched with elements of the village’s cultural heritage and is a popular attraction. The fauna and flora of the village are well worth the visit.
Kilinia is an exceedingly small village in the Pafos District located 2 kilometres east of Statos and Agios Photios. Kilinia is inhabited by farmers and the main source of income is agriculture.
A small village located 10 kilometres west of Polis Chrysochous, Kinousa belongs to the complex of villages in the Polis Chrysochous area. Kinousa is built at an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level. The terrain is hilly with narrow valleys and steep slopes, while the landscape includes the Makounta River and Lake Argaki. The village is a prime area for the cultivation of legumes, herbs, almond trees, citrus fruits, and olives.
Koili is a village situated 14 kilometres north of Pasfos and 76 kilometres northwest of Limassol. Built at an altitude of 580 metres above sea level in a landscape divided by the Mavrokolympos River, Koili is a relatively large settlement built with stone from the quarry of the area that is not currently in operation. Apart from well-groomed old and modern houses, locals cultivate vineyards with grapes of the winemaking varieties, grains, citrus fruits, vegetables, almond and carob trees which are thriving in the area. The community has been in existence since the Middle Ages and, as a matter of fact, it was one of the feuds of the time. The world-renowned Saint Neophytos Monastery with the famous “Enclestra” where the saint practiced asceticism is one of the most important sites of the wider region and is located 5 kilometres south of the village, attracting thousands of tourists each year.Koili is very close to Tsada (4.5km), Mesogi (7.5km) and Tala (4.5km). The renowned Minthis Hills Golf Resort, with its international 18-hole championship golf course, is located close by.
Konia is a modern village, bordered by Pafos and Geroskipou towns. Built on a hillside location, featuring magnificent sea views, it is now embraced both by locals and international inhabitants. Surrounded by nature that includes carob trees, olive, and terebinth trees, at an altitude of 200 metres above sea level, the settlement of Konia has approximately 2,000 inhabitants, and is constantly developing due to its tranquil surroundings, lack of humidity and the favourable climate prevailing in the area.
Kritou Marottou lies in an area surrounded by vineyards, located 24,5 kilometres northeast of Pafos Town. The village is built at an average altitude of 550 metres above sea level. In its limited cultivated area, the main products vines and fruit trees (apple and pear). Textiles were once developed in the village. Kritou Marottou existed during the Frankish period and the Byzantine years.
Kritou Terra is situated in Laona, overlooking the Chrysochou Bay. Kritou Terra is built at an altitude of 465 metres above sea level and one of the main wine-producing villages of Cyprus. Beautiful and picturesque, Kritou Terra was the second village in terms of the number of watermills on the island (with 15 watermills), and the first village in the province and perhaps the first in Cyprus that founded its own elementary school in 1796. It is here where the first homonymous casino opened on the island during the Ottoman domination in the 19th Century, and where some of the most important personalities who played a leading role in the history of the place emerged.
The community owes its name to a two-word synthesis. The first composite comes from the name of the first settler of the village and feudal lord Erotokritos, while during the years of Frankish rule, the Franks turned the village into a feud, and added the terra composite (terra means land in Latin). An important attraction is the restored Franco-Byzantine church of Agia Aikaterini Fytevkias dating back to the 15th Century. The renowned Kremmiotis waterfall is located here, attracting thousands of locals and visitors every year.
Lasa is a small, picturesque community founded at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level. The village has a population of 100 inhabitants, and neighbours the settlements of Drinia, Drimou, Fiti and Milia. Within the alleys of the settlement, visitors can observe some modern buildings and several stone-built traditional houses, many of which are ruined, while others have been renovated. Natural attractions include nature trails, community park and the lush landscape of Romanos with its centuries-old oak. For those who want to enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside, a handsome family-run guesthouse and coffee shop can be found here.
Lemona is located about 25 kilometres northeast of the town of Pafos. Built at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level among verdant hills, vineyards, fruit trees and olive groves watered by the river Ezousa, the Lemona village with its 50 inhabitants constitutes an impasse, as the road from there does not lead to another village. In addition to the vineyards, almonds, fruit trees, citrus trees, olives, and a few vegetables crops also thrive in the area. The settlement has retained its traditional character and is a combination of old traditional houses with new homes built by ex-pat communities, and restored houses renovated by some locals that visit on the weekends.
The community of Letymbou is situated in region of the Pafos amidst vine villages. Located 14,5 kilometres northeast of Pafos town, Letymbou is built in an elevation of 380 metres above sea level. The hilly scenery of the village is partitioned by the watercourse of the river Ezousa. The village dates to the Frankish and Byzantine periods. The village features several churches such as the church of the Virgin Mary of Fotolambousis, the church of Saint Theodoros, as well as the church of Saint Kyryka and Juliet.
A magical place where time has stood still, featuring traditional coffee shops, village square, ancient churches, stone houses and traditions that are still practised today. A serene environment and an excellent option for a family getaway, Lysos is perfect for a day trip to the mountains offering a view of one of the best coastlines of Pafos. Lysos is located 40 kilometres northeast of Pafos and sits at an alltitude of 560 metres above sea level. The peak of Tripylos, located near the location Stavros tis Psokas, is the highest point of the settlement (1,362 metres). Most of the village area is covered by the Pafos Forest, an important habitat of wild and endemic birds, while the wider area is dotted with many Nature Trails. The village has a library, community park, restaurants and taverns, traditionally restored houses for rent, and a small family-owned hotel.
Makounta is located on the coastal plain of Chrysochous, at an average altitude of 120 metres above sea level. The landscape of the village features a general slope towards the sea and is divided by the river Makounta. The altitude in its eastern part reaches 200 metres above sea level. The area includes an archaeological site, which reveals an ancient habitation, not far from the antiquated city kingdom of Marion and the sites of nearby mines.
Marathounta is located 6 kilometres east of Pafos and 323 metres above sea level. Marathounta is a small traditional village renowned for being a peaceful and tranquil place. Although not far from Pafos, it manages to maintain a more rural character, at the same time enjoying the privileges of its proximity to the urban centre. For those who want to visit the area, there is a tavern offering local meze. The village has existed since the Middle Ages and during the Frankish period it was a royal manor. Apart from the main church of the village (Agios Georgios), in its area there are also churches dedicated to Agios Dimitrianos, Agia Eleni, Agios Mama and Agia Marina; worship of the Saints Donta and Kournoutas is also mentioned.
A small settlement standing at an altitude of 315 metres above sea level and on the outskirts of the city, it offers views of the region and the beaches of the area. Mesa Chorio is just a stone’s throw away from the urban centres’ infrastructure. Here, the visitor will find accommodations and villas for rent, modern buildings with all the comforts, and can dine in popular taverns of the villages that serve homemade meze and a variety of traditional dishes. Mesa Chorio Pafou is bordered by Mesogi and Armou and can be a wonderful base for excursions to the surrounding area and the famous archaeological sites of Pafos. The village offers wonderful unobstructed panoramic views of the Mediterranean and beyond.
Mesogi is a village located 5 kilometres north of Pafos. The area has developed into an industrial and commercial region, with a long stretch of cafes, shops, small industries, and supermarkets. Many homes and villas are available for rent, ideal for those who wish to spend their holidays or stay permanently at a short distance from the city centre of Pafos, but in a quieter natural environment. An area that once flourished in basketry, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the region has since flourished but it still has not lost its local charm or reputation as a “basket village.”
Miliou is a charming village hidden amidst luscious greenery that includes citrus groves, almond trees, and vineyards. The area has an abundant supply of spring water. Located 26 kilometres north of Pafos and only 10 kilometres before Polis Chrysochous, Miliou is a renowned for its lemon blossoms that flourish in the springtime filling the atmosphere with their wonderful aroma. Several restorations have been completed in the village, such as the renovation of the square in the centre; In the recent years, Miliou attracts more and more visitors since the village there is home to a luxury spa resort taking advantage of the sulphur springs in the area.
Mousere is located 5 kilometres northeast of the village of Archimandrita. It is built at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level and is 33 kilometres from the centre of Pafos. The village features two churches, dedicated to Timios Prodromos and Agia Sophia, and ten picturesque houses. This quiet village is a haven for peace and tranquillity with its cool mountain breezes and unique setting.
Built on the west bank of Xeros River and on a slope of a small hill at an altitude of 230 metres above sea level, Nata is a beautiful village renowned for its landscape and tranquil setting. In addition to the grape vines that thrive here, local crops also include legumes, citrus groves, as well as honey and dairy farming. All the infrastructure and the life of Nata are situated in its core, a paved central square with its centenarian pine tree, cultural centre, outdoor old olive mill, and community park.
Seventeen kilometres southeast of Pafos is the village Nikokleia. Set amidst a valley crossed by the river Diarizos, its name is derived from the last king of Pafos, Nikoklis (520 BC) and is built at 400 metres above sea level on the west bank of Diarizos. The Diarizos valley is an interesting habitat for millions of birds, and host to vineyards, orange orchards, bean, and vegetable plantations. Next to the village is the commanding Asprokremmos Dam, a remarkable site to visitors. At the centre of the village is the historic church of Ayios Demetrios (AD 1768). Recommended activities include a visit to the old water mill, Nelion winery, fishing, cycling, birdwatching, rock climbing, wine tours and more.
A trademark of Panagia village is the Monastery of Panagia Chrysorrogiatissa, from which the settlement derives its name. The community, however, has many more ecclesiastical monuments, such as the Holy Monastery of Pafos. The main church of the village is dedicated to Agios Georgios and was built between 1929 and 1932 on the foundations of an older church, while approximately 10 kilometres northeast of the settlement there is a small chapel, dedicated to Agios Georgios of Emnon; the royal chapel of the miraculous Panagia Mercy of the Monastery of Kykkos, which is under the protection of the Department of Antiquities (14th Century) is also located within proximity. The village is part of the Natura 2000 network.
The peak Vouni tis Panagias is a protected habitat of great environmental value and home to important wildlife. The wine road Vouni tis Panagias – Ampelitis is a long panoramic route, giving visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with local traditions and the opportunity to visit some of the most important wineries of the region. Cycling routes and walking trails are also available in the Panagia area.
Pelathousa is built at an average altitude of 260 metres above sea level. Barley, herbs, broad beans, and olives are grown in the area. Pelathousa is connected to the northwest with Polis Chrysochous (approx. 6 kilometres). Pelathousa existed since the Mddle Ages with the same name. The village, during the Frankish period, was for some time royal property. Pelathousa was a village inhabited by Greeks, until the years of Ottoman rule. In fact, the mosque of the village was, before its Turkification, a Greek Orthodox church of the 15th or 16th Century. This former church and later a mosque, was dedicated to Saint Catherine.
An exceedingly small village but known for the Panagia tou Sinti Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which was founded in the 16th Century; it received a Europa Nostra award in 1997 for its restoration and conservation. Pentalia is located 6 kilometres north of Amargeti.
Peristerona is located 35 kilometres north of Pafos town. The settlement of Peristerona preserves the traditional elements of Cypriot architecture. The village features views of the vast peninsula of Akamas and Evretos Dam. In recent years, there is a great tourist development in the area, hence from the many options of accommodation, and camping area. The community accommodated the Archdiocese of Arsinoe of the Holy Diocese of Pafos, which co-houses the cathedral of Agios Mamas with the famous icon of Panagia Paramythia of 1500 AD, as well as the Byzantine Museum of Archdiocese of Arsinoe.
The picturesque community of Phyti is located 25 kilometres northeast of Pafos and 20 kilometres southeast of Polis Chrysochous. It stands on the top of a plateau, at an average altitude of 680 metres above sea level. It is to this altitude that it owes its good climate, dry and cool summers, and mild winters. The community receives an average annual rainfall of about 640 millimetres; vines, legumes, cereals, and fruit-trees are cultivated in the region. The village of Phyti is the primary centre of the weaving craft in the district of Pafos and one of the most important in Cyprus. The textiles that are manufactured in the village, known as Fythkiotika, stand out for their variety in designs and for their rich and vibrant colours. The renowned textiles are a long tradition in the field of weaving that dates to Mediaeval times. The community of Phyti is today a picturesque village that preserves traditional folkloric architecture. The houses are made of local stone and for this reason Phyti was ranked, along with two other villages from the district of Pafos, as class A tourism villages. Today, one can still come across a few inhabitants occupied with traditional work such as ploughing with a plough and livestock as well as working the old loom for weaving.
The village of Polemi is located within the rolling landscape of the Pafos hills at an altitude of 463 metres above sea level. Polemi lies 4 kilometres north of Letymvou and 3 kilometres east of Stroumbi. Most of the houses of Polemi stand on a plateau overlooking the associated farmland in the valleys on each side, where its boundaries meet those of neighbouring villages in the lower lying land. Polemi always has a mild climate with temperatures generally cooler than in the coastal areas of Pafos. The village stands at the point between several watersheds with valleys falling southwest towards Mavrokolympos, north towards Chrysochou Bay. Polemi is one of the wine villages of Pafos with extensive cultivation of vines in the fields around the village. The SODAP Kamanterena winery is located just outside the village boundary to the south west. Polemi is also known for its naturally occurring red tulips that flower in the fields around the village in springtime. An annual tulip festival is celebrated to mark this phenomenon.
Praitori is a picturesque village in the province of Pafos and is located 45 kilometres northeast of Pafos town, at an altitude of 650 metres above sea level. Surrounded by orchards, vineyards and conifer trees, near Agios Nikolaos Pafou, Kedares and Filousa, the small wine-producing villages with their traditional houses and beautiful vines, Praitori is host to one of the most famous wineries in Cyprus and the place where many foreign and Cypriot visitors come to taste its fine varieties. In the community there is also a tavern-cafeteria for guests who want to extend their visit to this beautiful village.
Prastio Traxypedoulas is a small village in the province of Pafos. Built at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, this small settlement, near the Diarizos River and on the route leading to the Troodos Mountains is included in Natura 2000 as a protected area, and many local and foreign scientists (geologists, entomologists, ornithologists, botanists, and many others) visit the region for their research. The valley includes areas of exceptional natural beauty with enormous historical and cultural significance. As a matter of fact, there are also many mountaineers who arrive here to climb the huge rocks that moved from Africa 70 million years ago. Today it is a popular location for climbing enthusiasts.
The village is built at an altitude of 445 metres above sea level on a green hill above the valley with vineyards. Psathi was a feud during the ruling of the Franks and the Venetians. To the west of its border lie the villages of Polemi, Drynia, Mylia, Agios Dimitrianos and Choulou. For those who love walking in green landscape, just outside the community and between the settlements of Agios Dimitrianos and Psathi, is the circular Nature Trail of Arnia.
Built at an altitude of 650 metres above sea level and among the valleys of the rivers Diarizos and Xeros (or Asprokremos), which gave it its rich and fertile land, Salamiou is surrounded by forest, olives, almond trees, and large vineyards, while it belongs to the wine-producing villages of Cyprus. Here, the visitor can relax in a beautiful natural landscape, taste the local wines, and experience the sites of the place. Salamiou is one of the largest traditional villages of the province with about 300 inhabitants and consists of restored houses of traditional folk architecture and many preserved buildings. The most important church in the settlement is the Monastery of Panagia Salamiotissa, from the original buildings of which only the church that dates to the 16th Century is preserved.
The “Kyparisos,” as the locals call it, is an 800-year-old cypress tree that is still another community attraction as well as the Environmental Education Centre of Salamiou, where visitors can acquire information on the flora and fauna of the area. The beauty of nature can also be enjoyed along the Nature Trail Mouti of Salamiou, a path that was followed by the Apostles Paul, Barnabas, and the Evangelist Mark after they preached in the area and started their journey towards Pafos. Furthermore, the village is home to a local winery, which attracts many visitors who come here to taste its fine varieties and purchase the various types of wine it produces (white dry, red dry, Cabernet Sauvignon and rosé).
A mountainous settlement, located at an altitude of 420 metres above sea level, and a vineyard area with winemaking varieties, pulses, grains, citrus, almonds and olive trees, Simou constitutes a small but growing community with a few hundred inhabitants, built on the top of a valley slope of the Stavros tis Psokas River (or else Skarfou), offering a unique view to the visitor. Under Frankish rule, Simou was a private fief of the Zappe family and was given as a dowry to the noble Charles Luzignan when he married Helene Zappe. Indeed, the descendant of the royal family of the Lusignans was the owner of other villages. Besides the beautiful natural landscape that surround the village, the visitor can admire many stone-built drinking fountains in its narrow streets, the central church of Panagia Chryseleousa and several cafes and restaurants in the central square of the settlement. Two kilometres northeast of Simou is the renowned and one of the oldest in bridges in Cyprus, the Skarfou Bridge, built over the homonymous river that supplies the nearby dam.
Skoulli village is known for its friendly locals and many fruit orchards. Polis and numerous beaches are only a 10-minute drive away, the fishing harbour at Latchi is about 15 minutes’ and Pafos town centre approximately 25 minutes’ drive away.
Statos – Ayios Fotios
Statos–Agios Fotios is a community consisting of two villages, Statos and Agios Fotios, in the Pafos District. The two are located about 4 kilometres southwest of Pano Panagia. Built at an altitude of 913 metres above sea level, amidst a verdant landscape on the eastern slopes of the mountainous areas of the province, Statos-Agios Fotios is a sparsely populated village with well- kept gardens and good planning. It is a partnership and a unification of two separate settlements, which in the 1970s became one. Statos-Agios Fotios, the most mountainous village in the province of Pafos, has a great tradition in viticulture and because of the altitude; the vineyards of the area are the last to ripen.
Another natural feature of the community is the walnut tree, since all the streets are planted with these beautiful trees, while apple, pear, peach, cherry and many other fruit and citrus trees are also growing in the area. From the grape, the inhabitants produce traditional Zivania (brandy), soutzoukos (traditional local sweets made from grapes) and raisins. In the local dairy and meat processing farms locals produce plenty of dairy and deli products such as tsamarellla, sausages of PaFos, haloumi, trachanas, walnuts and almonds are produced. There are also small workshops in the area that make traditional spoon sweets (sweet preserves). Ideal starting point for excursions to nearby churches-monasteries in the area and a quiet community that offers tranquillity, a cool climate during the summer months and the beauties of the Cypriot countryside, Statos-Agios Fotios will satisfy any visitor who will ascend to the highest point of the province.
The village of Steni is found in the north western part of Cyprus, five kilometres from the sea of Chrysochous Bay. It is built at an altitude of 200 metres above the sea and its climate is ideal during all the seasons of the year. The fact that at a radius of ten kilometres from the coast of the Chrysochous Bay there are produced cherries, avocado, mango, watermelons, apples, bananas, oranges and more. At the east side of the village, going up to the mountain at two kilometres, the visitor can see the forest of Pafos and in the north western side the entire gulf of Chrysochous with the neighbouring villages. This is really an exceptionally beautiful picture that is not easily found elsewhere. The combination of mountain and sea has made Steni a prime destination with many accommodation options for those who want to stay.
Stroumpi is a village is situated 18 kilometres north of Pafos Town. Built at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level and in a lush landscape of tulips, olive groves, impressive gorges and in the middle of the route that leads from Pafos to Polis Chrysochous, Stroumpi is one of the most picturesque and large villages in the province well known as one of the large wine-producing villages in Pafos. The village is known for its annual “Dionysia” wine festival named after Dionysos, the ancient Greek god of wine, which takes place at the end of August. Located at the village is the largest wine factory on the island, Kamantarena of the cooperative SODAP.
Tala is a village in the province of Pafos and it is situated 11 kilometres north of Pafos Town. Located at an altitude of 280 metres above sea level, and combining beautiful mountain and sea views, the village name is believed to have originated during the Frankish period, from the surname of a wealthy family of nobles of Cyprus, the family of d’ Avila, to whom the settlement then belonged as a fief. It is the only community in the province of Pafos and possibly the only one in the whole island of Cyprus, in which tourism has a purely religious content. The world-renowned Monastery of Agios Neophytos, the most important attraction of Tala, is located some 3 kilometres northeast of the village and attracts thousands of visitors every year from all parts of the world and especially from Europe. One of the most important sites of the community is the central church of Saint Catherine of the 15th -16th Century, an important monument visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Terra village in is situated 32 kilometres north of Pafos town and is in a beautiful natural environment in the region of Laona at an altitude of 375 metres above sea level. The community enjoys an exceptionally cool climate in the summer without humidity, while during the winter months it has a mild climate. Ideal location for those seeking tranquillity and seclusion, in the wider area of the village there are many taverns for food and Agrotourism accommodation that provides all the comforts. Some of the nearest and most important attractions in Terra is the Kremioti waterfall, formed by the waters of the homonymous river, creating a lake of turquoise waters in an idyllic and verdant landscape with rich wild vegetation and reeds.
The nearby Kritou Terra village houses the Kritou Terra Foundation for Environmental Studies, while the Hadtzigeorgakis Kornesios House is also situated nearby, an old stone-built building with light blue wooden windows. An important attraction is also the restored Franco-Byzantine church of Agia Aikaterini Fitevkia that dates to the 15th Century, as well as the Kritou Terra casino, the first casino that opened in Cyprus, housed in a two-storey stone-built building from 1860- 1870.
Tremithousa is located near Mesa Chorio and Mesogi villages. Tremithousa receives an average annual rainfall of about 520 millimeters; vines of winemaking varieties, vegetables, cereals, forage plants, citrus, almond, and walnut trees, and legumes are cultivated in the area. The village has a reputation for the aromatic and tasty honey that it produces. Tremithousa connect in the north to the Monastery of Agios Neophytos, in the northeast with the village of Tala and in the east with the main road of Tsada – Polis.
Tsada is a relatively big village 8 kilometres north of Pafos city centre. Although the proximity between them, the 612 m elevation difference gives to the Tsada area a totally different identity. Although the history of the village can be counted 500 years ago, there is no significant architectural character, and only a few residences were reconstructed in the traditional way. It can be said that the only thing that makes the village special is the astonishing view towards Pafos and the Mediterranean. Currently mass development is taking place in nearby hills, with high-end luxury villas featuring panoramic views of Pafos and the coast being constructed over the last 5 years. In Tsada, the climate is warm and temperate but is much cooler all year long. Situated at an altitude of 605 metres, in a landscape overlooking the sea and a climate that favours the cultivation of vines, grain, carob trees, olive trees, walnuts, almonds and many fruit trees, Tsada of the approximately 1,000 inhabitants is one of the “villages of Minthi “, as well as one of the largest ampelochoria (vine growing villages of Cyprus) in the area.
The visitor to Tsada can walk through the picturesque alleys of the settlement, eat in the traditional taverns of the area, drink coffee at the cafes and visit the local stone-built brewery, one of the three breweries in Cyprus that make its own beer, cider and many more, or one can even stay in the hostels and the lodgings of the village. The most important points of interest of the settlement are the old stone drinking fountains (Gerolakkos, Rodio and Pigadia), central church of Panagia Chryseleousa with the miraculous icon, the chapel of Agia Marina, as well as the chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen with the holy source of Saint Helen. Nearby is also a big cave with impressive stalactites. The Moni (Monastery) of Timios Stavros of Minthi, located at three kilometres southeast of the village, also holds a significant place in the religious sites of the community. The international 18-hole championship golf course of Minthis Hills is also located in the area.
From narrow streets and traditional churches, to old stone houses, and village inhabitants enjoying a slow-paced life, the village of Droushia is far more than just a pretty village; what makes it unique is its fantastic location, set on the high ground of the Laona plateau, bordering the gorgeous Akamas Peninsula and standing 600 metres above sea level. Visitors to this region of Pafos will explore a village that is steeped in tradition; renovated stone houses, carved doors, wooden windows, and traditional cafes at its beating heart. The Akamas Regional Museum of Rural Life offers visitors an insight into Cyprus’ timeless traditions, while the central square of the village is home to the Church of Agios Epiphanios, built in 1783. The village also features a small open theatre with nearby coffee shops and stores offering a taste of local products farmed in the area.
Located in the Pafos Region, the picturesque village of Ineia sits 625 metres above sea level on the mountainous area of Laona and affords stunning views across the Akamas Peninsula. Nestled among vineyards, Ineia is one of the wine-producing areas of Cyprus, and is included along the Laona-Akamas wine route. The village is also famous for its traditional handicraft of basket weaving, an art that is preserved to this day.
Overlooking the Akamas Peninsula and the many vineyards of the area, Ineia features a wonderful village centre with cafes, mini markets, beautifully preserved paved square with benches, clay pots and an old olive mill. Nearby, the local amphitheatre is host to many outdoor productions, particularly in the summer months. An area suitable for nature lovers, Ineia is close to the Avakas Gorge, located 12 kilometres southwest of the village. The village is also a short drive away from beaches, and the renowned Lara Bay with its turtle nests.
Kathikas is one of the villages in the area of Laona, and once the southwest centre of Cyprus. The village lies at an altitude of 660 metres above sea level on a plateau, surrounded by lush hills, offering idyllic views of the countryside and beyond. Kathikas also includes views of Coral Bay, Akamas Peninsula, Troodos Mountains and the Pafos Forest. As one of the island’s wine-producing villages, Kathikas is also a developed tourist settlement visited by locals and foreigners particularly during the summer months when the weather is cool. Renowned for its beautiful scenery, wonderful eateries and traditional character, Kathikas combines both past and present in a unique environment that is second-to-none.
The renowned vineyards of the region harvest white grapes, from which Xynisteri (wine that comes from an indigenous white grape grown in Cyprus) is produced, and considered probably amongst the best of Cypriot wines. More than 50% of white wine on the island is produced from grapes from the region, indicating the necessity of a visit to the local wineries.
This small picturesque village offers a generous sense of serenity and calmness, accompanied by the beautiful chirrup of the birds. The natural environment of the village is rich in vegetation, vines, carob trees, almond trees, citrus trees and grain, inviting the visitor into an adventure of exploration. On the outskirts of the village is the Folk Art Museum, and a short hike away is the restored medieval church of Ayia Paraskevi.
Pano & Kato Akourdalia
The two small neighbouring villages of Pano and Kato Akourdalia are renowned for their traditional character, and are ideal for photography. These charming villages offer a generous sense of serenity and calmness, accompanied by the beautiful chirrup of the birds. The natural environment of the villages is rich in vegetation, vines, carob trees and almond trees, inviting the visitor into an adventure of exploration. On the outskirts of the Pano Akourdalia is the Folk Art Museum and a short hike away is the restored medieval church of Ayia Paraskevi that dates its origin back to the 12th Century.
Pano & Kato Arodes
Located 23 kilometres northeast of Pafos, the village of Pano Arodes is located on the Laona plateau, 590 metres above sea level, at the edge of the Akamas Nature Reserve leading down to the breath taking Avakas Gorge and the coast. Pano Arodes is immersed in a green landscape with vineyards and orchards, and is popular for walks where visitors can discover the various flora and fauna of the area; the quaint and narrow streets, lines with traditional stone houses provide an additional treat to the authentic Cypriot way of life.
The village is also religiously significant, due to its main church, believed by some to be the only church in the world dedicated to Agios Kalandionas, who is also the patron saint of the village. Kato (Lower) Arodes is the sister village of Pano Arodes. The village derives its name after the Greek island of Rhodes. According to sources, the settlement dates back to the medieval times under the name “Rhodos,” as it was the property of the Knight of St. John of Jerusalem, whose headquarters were in Rhodes until 1522.
Relocated on the top of a hill, the former village of Theletra lies deserted beneath a canyon. “Palia Theletra” (Old Theletra in Greek) was in ruins after a huge earthquake caused a great landslide in 1980; its inhabitants abandoned their homes and created a new, more mountainous base on a hill. From the old drinking fountain of Theletra, above which runs a small waterfall during the winter season, visitors ascend to the church that dates to 1755, the restored church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Chryseleousis, with its wood-carved iconostasis covered with dolphins.
Acheleia is a village situated 7 kilometres from the town of Pafos. It is located on the Pafos-Limassol highway close to the Pafos International Airport. Acheleia is renowned for its small stone churches. The Byzantine-style central church of Agios Georgios, dating back to the 16th Century, features icons of the 17th Century, while the old chapel of Agios Theodosios Acheleias is another highly visited site. The village is close to nearby 18-hole championship golf courses.
Agios Nikolaos village is one of the most picturesque villages in Cyprus, and once one of the largest stations for viticulture on the island. The village is located 750 metres above sea level, among wild mountainous vegetation and vineyards, apple trees, pear trees, peach trees and other fruit trees. The beautiful square of the village constitutes the living centre of the area, while its main church, dedicated to the homonymous Saint Nicholas, lies at its beating heart. One of the most important nature attractions in Agios Nikolaos is the famous Venetian Bridge of Tzelefos (Kelefos), the largest medieval bridge on the island that attracts thousands of locals and foreigners throughout the year.
The village of Arminou is located near the Diarizos River, which is the second largest river in terms of its flow in Cyprus. The Arminou Dam lies adjacent to the river, and is a source of life to the settlement, irrigating acres of farmland that surround the village. The view of the mountains and trees that embrace the lake is magnificent, offering moments of peace and tranquillity to anyone who visits. In 2011, a Canadian company conducted geophysical surveys in the area finding evidence of gold in the area. Arminou was once gold mining village; an abandoned mine serves as a tribute to the once thriving activities in the area.
Choletria village is located 23 kilometres southeast of Pafos Town, and close to the beautiful dam of Asprokremmos. At an altitude of 200 metres above sea level, and on the ridge of two rivers, Xeros and Diarizos, the village enjoys a unique view of the Troodos Mountains. Farming in the area includes vines, wheat, olives, carob and citrus trees. Choletria’s past traces back to the Middle Ages, and was a feud of the Knights of the Order of Saint John.
Fasoula is a village in the Pafos district located 10 kilometres north of Kouklia village, flanked by an Orthodox church on the one side, and a mosque on the other, Fasoula features many attractions that include the Rocks of Hasaboulia (or “Kourtelorotsos”), an impressive natural feature that dominates the landscape in the middle of the road. The village is renowned as being one of the most impressive and famous rock climbing spots in the region.
The village of Filousa is located in the province of Pafos. It is centrally located between the cities of Pafos and Limassol. The church of Agia Marina, which is located in Filousa, is the oldest of the area. Filousa was one of the first villages of the Diarizos Valley.
Kedares Village was a prosperous community, with many vines, olive and almond trees. The vines produced grapes used for consumption, and for the production of Zivania.
The exceptional location of the village, built on the east bank of the Xeros River and along the slopes of the mountain, offers panoramic views of the valley below. One of the most important religious monuments in Cyprus, Panagia tou Sinti Monastery (The Virgin Of Sinti), lies opposite the village on the west bank of the Xeros River.
Mamonia is a quaint village in the Pafos District, located 8 kilometres northeast of Nikokleia. The village lies in the area of the beautiful Diarizos Valley. “Mantopetra” is a large rock located in Mamonia, where tradition says that God turned a woman into a stone, and who is visible on the peak of the rock.
Founded during medieval times, Mesana derives its name from its geographical position; the toponymal “Mes ‘iana” means ‘in the middle’ or ‘between’ in Greek, and refers to the location between the villages of Salamiou and Arminou.
The hospitable and charming village of Nikoklia is located approximately 17 kilometres southeast of the town of Pafos. It is a village ideal for those wishing to enjoy peace and quiet in a rural setting. Its central square features little coffee shops, an old water mill, stone-built fountain and the beautifully preserved 18th Century church dedicated to Agios Demetrios.
Praitori lies close to the villages of Kedares, Filousa, Agios Nikolaos and Arminou. Located at a height of 630 metres above sea level, its unique position is ideal for the cultivation of vineyards and the indigenous black grape (Mavro), which provides a source of income for the village.
Situated at an altitude of 410 metres above sea level and surrounded by a wild, mountainous landscape with wildflowers, carob trees, May trees and almond trees, the small settlement of Stavrokonou also features dense vineyards and wild vegetation, and is one of the key wine-producing villages of Cyprus.
Trachypedoula is located at an altitude of 515 metres above sea level near the Diarizos River and on the route that leads to the Troodos Mountains. The small village, with its beautiful traditional stone houses and fountains, is a member of the wine-producing villages of the Diarizos Valley. The community is included in the Natura 2000 programme as a protected area, frequently visited by both local and foreign scientists (geologists, entomologists, ornithologists, botanists and many others). The most interesting display in the community is the model of the Geological Section of the Valley of Diarizos and Troodos. It is essentially a two-dimensional model on a wall made by scientists and represents the presence and formation of the Troodos Mountain rocks.
Kidasi is a small village on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, located 30 kilometres east of Pafos and 4 kilometres northeast of Trachypedoula Village. Between Kidasi and Mamonia, visitors will observe the imposing rocks of Hasaboulia. The village is renowned as being one of the most impressive and famous rock climbing spots in the region.
Agios Georgios is located on the left bank of the Diarizos River, approximately 26 kilometres east of Pafos. Often referred to as Agios Georgios Kelokedaron, it derives its name from neighbouring villages and its church; dedicated to Saint George, it is believed that the village was predominantly Greek, founded during the Byzantine years.
Salamiou is a living museum of folk architecture, affording visitors the opportunity to study the unique architectural tradition practiced in Cyprus. The village also has a rich ecological and historical past. An impressive (inland area) ecological treasure was discoverd in Salamiou, which includes fossils of trees and corals dating back to 423 million years ago. It also attracts great environmental interest and much of the area belongs to the Natura 2000 programme, and is a refuge for flora and fauna. The beautifully preserved churches and chapels, including the Holy Monastery of Panagia Eleoussi / Salamiotissa, located one kilometre southeast of the village, are a testament to Cyprus’ religious heritage. The Environmental Education Centre of Salamiou, allows visitors to acquire information on the flora and fauna of the area. Salamiou is also a passage for migratory birds traveling from Europe to Africa during the spring and winter months. Its natural beauty is evident along the Nature Trail “Mouti of Salamiou,” a path that was followed by the Apostles Paul and Barnabas, and Evangelist Mark after they preached in the area as they journeyed towards Pafos.