Troodos mountains should not be overlooked – there are lots of lovely top offs to explore on the ascent, the highlights for us are:
Omodos is a beautiful village located in a valley just before Kato Platres. It is rich in history, has beautiful back streets, craft shops, side alleys and stone-built monastery – one of our favourite villages which is well worth a visit. Pop into the house of Socrates if you get the chance, he’s a real character! Googlemap Link.
Mount Olympos is the highest point of the mountains – pop to the top for some beautiful views, walks and even skiing in the winter season! Googlemap Link.
For something different, drive to Prodromos village (near Pano Platres) where you can explore the huge abandoned ”Vereggaria Hotel“. Googlemap Link.
Other villages worth a visit: Kakopetria, Kalopanagiotis, Lofou, Lefkara, Pano Platres.
There are many hidden Venetian bridges around Cyprus, but the 3 most famous of which (Kelephos, Roudias and Elias) run along a trail of around 11km in the Diarizos Valley in Paphos Forest. A beautiful walk in the peaceful valley, or equally beautiful drive – see if you can spot all 3 bridges.
Click here to read more on our Blog post, including a link to a great map which outlines all the bridges.
Approx. 40 mins. drive north of Paphos you will find Polis and Latchi (Latsi on maps).
Polis is busy in high season, but worth a stop and a coffee in the village square. A 10 min drive to the West you will find Latsi, a beautiful fishing village with a picturesque harbour, a lovely spot for lunch – particularly for seafood options. Visit one of the sandy beaches for a relaxing day of sunbathing and snorkelling. The ‘secret’ beach down the cliff edge (lots of steps!) of the Aphrodite Beach restaurant is great and is also really close to the entry of the Baths of Aphrodite as well as the starting point of two wonderful walks (Adonis Trail / Aphrodite Baths Trail)
The ‘secret beach’ at Latchi
The coastline is very pretty, and is where the Akamas peninsular begins in the north. The long beach is great for children to run around and kite flying is a favourite here for the locals. Googlemap Link for Polis / Googlemap Link for Latsi.
The old town is a higgledy piggledy area of small streets, abandoned buildings, wonderful old balustrades, doorways and small shops. Ledra street is a pedestrianised street full of lovely shops and cafes, and from here you can go on foot for a trip over the border (which is quite relaxed these days, but you must take your passport to cross the border) to the Turkish side (officially known as the occupied territories).
Other hot spots include walking alongside the Venetian walls which surround the old town, and also the Hamam Omerye in old town which is a completely renovated 14th-century building where you can have an authentic Hamam experience!
Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards Limassol. Follow signs to Nicosia (Lefkosia) which will take just under 2 hours. Stay on the same road which runs into Archbishop Makarios Avenue and either park in the Hilton Hotel car park (left), or continue to the centre past main shops (M&S, Mango etc), and park in car park on the left. The OLD TOWN is found behind the Holiday Inn. Googlemap Link for Ledras.
Salt lakes where the flamingos stop on their migration. Pleasant sea front. 1 hour drive.
Hala Sultan Tekke historical mosque – built in 1816 on the site of a sacred shrine.
Good water park. Best beaches in Protaras. All the above are about a 2 – 2.5 hours drive.
This scenic drive up into the Troodos to Kakopetria takes about an hour and a half. Park in the centre and enjoy the back streets and cobbled alleys in the old quarter. There are several churches in the area with well preserved frescoes. Cross the river and have lunch in THE MILL where the speciality is localtrout.
Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and take the motorway towards Limassol. Take the B8 through Trimiklini. (Outskirts of Limassol). Googlemap Link.
Take the motorway towards Limassol and get off at the Polemidia exit. Take the B8 to Troodos. MONAGRI is approx. 13 miles from Limassol, and here you will find the 12C Monastery of Archangelos.
The village church is now used as a gallery for local artists. Further up the B8 is a right hand turn to LANIA, a charming village with pretty cottages and alleys. Here there are several artist studios and galleries. Saturday is when most are open.
Back on the B8 and follow signs to PLATRES (TSIAKKAS WINERY is en route in Pelendria). Pano Platres is 1,150m high and LAMBOURI WINERY can be found here, along with PSILODENDRO TROUT FARM (lunches available). Next to the trout farm is the start of the KALEDONIAN NATURE TRAIL.