Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean sea cuddles many beautiful travel destinations. This country is popular for its delicious Cypriot food, sandy beaches, archaeological heritage and among all rural tourism in Cyprus is perfect for an urban detox.
Here we offer you a very special excursion to one of the beautiful villages of the Marathasa valley.
About Kalopanayiotis village
Among the fourteen villages of the Marathasa valley is the Kalapanayiotis village, surrounded by green vegetation, mountains and forests. Its history dates back to the pre-Christian period and offers a different kind of holiday in Cyprus — off the beaten track in peace and tranquillity.
Kalopanayiotis is located in the evergreen valley of Setrachos river, on the northern slopes of the Troodos range.
The exclusive aspect of this village is the locals who have worked extremely hard to revive old traditions and draw in both locals and foreigners for a taste of the rural Cypriot way of life with a cool, contemporary twist.
Languages: Greek mainly, English
Currency: The currency of Cyprus is the Euro (€). You can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.
Local Time: Cyprus Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +2 hours.
How We Pronounce Cyprus: sai·pruhs
How We Pronounce Kalopanayiotis: kah·lo·pahn·ah·yo·tis
The village’s name means ‘good Panayiotis’ in Greek. “Kalo” in greek means good and “Panayiotis” was the name of the first inhabitant on this ground. Panayiotis, who built his house near the Agios Ioannis Lampadistis monastery.
A good man who wanted to serve St. Panagiotis. The settlers followed suit and created their own families and built their small churches. It became a new normal for every large family to have its chapel and at least one member to become a priest.
The churches are still preserved and some are under the protection of the Antiquities Department. The village started existing after the 11th century.
How to Visit
Kalapanayiotis village is one of the 14 villages of the Marathasa valley and offers extraordinary experiences of rural Cyprus. This area occupies the mountainous area of Cyprus. You can reach this place by :
Step-1: Getting an air ticket for –Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (IATA: LCA, ICAO: LCLK) is an international airport located 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of Larnaca, Cyprus.
Step-2: From the airport, you can head towards the Nicosia district of Cyprus. It will take 70 km to reach the Kalapanayitos Village of the Marathasa valley. The Limassol will be the first village to understand that you are on the right track to your destination.
Step-3: The last step is to follow the road to Kykkos Monastery turning left at Astromeritis and right just before Evrichou heading towards Kalopanayiotis – Kykko.
Driving up from Limassol the easiest route is to drive towards Moniatis – Saitas turn right just before Moniatis through the village of Kato Amiantos, past Kakopetria and Evrichou and left at the junction 3 km past Evrichou toward Kalopanayiotis – Kykkos.
The climate of Cyprus is Mediterranean in nature (quite obviously) so we are dropping down the list and you can choose when to pack your bags.
Mid-may till mid-September — Hot dry summers.
November till mid-march — quite mild winters.
Springs and autumns are the guests for short intervals. The skies are mostly clear and filled with sunshine. In short, you might need a lot of cotton tees and baggy shorts because the climate of Cyprus is characterized by hot summers and mild winters.
What to see there
6. Byzantine Museum
Byzantine art comprises of the body of Christian Greek artistic products. These products are from the Eastern Roman Empire, as well as the nations and states that culturally inherited from these empires. You can find more than 230 icons dating from the 9th to 19th century that contains sacred vessels, vestments, robes and books.
If you find yourself under its roof, you do not want to miss the famous 6th-century mosaics from the church of Panagia Kanakaria in Lythragkomi Village, that was brought back to Cyprus after having been illegally exported from the occupied part of the island.
5. Lavrentios House/Museum
Every nation has martyrs whose blood, sweat and vision built those nations, brick by brick.
Lavrentios, the Cypriot National Martyr was born in the Kalopanayiotis village during the Turkish rule. He was hanged by the Ottomans but his legacy remains in the house where he was born. The structure is converted into a museum and also hosts the Cultural and Conference Centre.
4. Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery
Originally a monastery, this UNESCO world heritage site is a religious conglomerate of three churches-Ioannis Lampadistis, Agios Irakleidios and a Latin chapel – all under a single, enormous timber roof.
It was established in and around 1731 but had undergone extensive re-construction and re-structuring. Rest assured, it is worth your visit. It is situated on the Troodos valley, just on the off-side of Kalapanayiotis village.
3. Venetian Bridge
While you are returning from the monastery, do not forget to notice a small Venetian bridge at a lower ground, sheltered under giant Platanus. This bridge is the link between the Kalopanayiotis village and the monastery. The first school in this area with the areas beyond are also connected through this bridge.
The water that flows under this bridge is considered holy and on the 6th of January, the orthodox holiday of Epiphany Day, the river waters are blessed.
2. Healing Waters
Do not forget to look for the thermal springs on the banks of Setrachos river next to the bridge, on your way back. The water is rich in sulphur and is believed to have healing ability. We are although sure of the fact, it will be a perfect spot for the much-needed break after you have covered the above-mentioned spots.
1. Traditional Architectural Houses
They say if you want to know a city, judge by the people and its houses. In the old neighbourhood of this village, especially around the area of the church, several houses have been declared as ‘ancient and cultural monuments”.
You surely do not want to miss taking back a few photographs at this spot. The traditional architecture is well preserved in these houses and as you roam around while touching the walls of these structures, chances are that you will end up feeling to be a bit nostalgic.
The cherry on the top comes in the form of a quick fact:
Out of these rehabilitated structures, some are personal residences but others are used as agrotourism establishments, cafeterias and restaurants as a step towards the promotion of tourism in this village. They are trying to bring ‘Agri-tourism as a part of this shelter.
You may Google about agro-tourism hence,
“Agri-tourism means travel organized around farming, small-scale food production or animal husbandry. Visiting a working farm or ranch for the purpose of enjoyment and education are key parts of this often rural experience.”
What Else to Do Nearby
Besides visiting those places, listed above to experience the best holiday in countryside Cyprus, we have jotted down a list of the following outdoor recreational activities that you can end up spending your time within the Kalopanayiotis village. They are:
- You can spoil yourself with luxuries like thermal baths of sulphurous waters, the spa, massage and swimming as Kalopanayiotis is also known as the chief spa town of Cyprus.
- You can cycle around the roads, covering the village to areas where four-wheeled vehicles cannot make their way. The Kalopanayiotis village is surrounded by picturesque hills and majestic mountains, ideal for the adventurer in you. If not, you can even go hiking in those regions just like an excursion to study nature.
- When it comes to having such picturesque spots, the bloggers, vloggers and photographers can “bend it like Beckham”. It is needless to say that Kalopanayiotis village provides the un-filtered version of mother nature. So what are you waiting for? Free air tickets? (Kidding).
- Fishing and ‘Quad bike safari’ are also available on the outskirts of the town so keep your eyes open, you may come across a billboard while on your entry or during your exit.
We hope to have covered the spots which you roam around during your visit to the natural confines of the Kalopanayiotis Village. We believe there is a lot much to cover about these un-touched regions where the population is trying to bring conscious tourism. If you have liked our post and want us to dig deeper for this village and Cyprus as a whole, do write to us at [email protected].
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