Agrotourism in Cyprus
Central Cyprus is a lush and tranquil paradise that is second to none in the Eastern Mediterranean. Quaint villages untouched by the march of time reside in beautiful countryside that abounds with orchards, vines, forests and some of the most exquisite wild flowers you are ever likely to set your eyes upon. If you want to experience traditional Cyprus, her history and her culture all in one place then a vacation in the hills and valleys of rural Cyprus is a must.
Over the last decade or so, Cypriot communities have embraced agrotourism with gusto. There is now an impressive selection of rural vacation properties available for short-term rental in the Cyprus countryside. A large number of properties available to tourists are of historical significance, many having been lovingly restored. These include stone built houses with traditional fittings and village homes that have been converted into apartments. Interior decoration utilizes local materials and handicrafts, all of which add to the cultural ambience of the properties.
Where to go?
In Western Cyprus the district of Paphos yields several fine villages in which tourists can experience the best of rural life. Pick of the crop is Kallepeia - a beautiful village of stone and marble surrounded by magnificent countryside. Here you can enjoy nature trails among the plantations and vineyards, as well as a visit to the Monastery of the Holy Cross, which is constructed entirely from marble.
To the east in the district of Larnaca are several exceptional villages which are reminiscent of the white villages of Andalucia in Spain. Vavla, Tochni, Kalavasos and Skarinou are particularly noteworthy for their picturesque localities, architecture and history.
Further to the north in the district of Lefkosia the landscape becomes more mountainous. Here, the villages are located hundreds of metres above sea level. Whitewashed village homes cling to hillsides and rocky cliffs in what is a very dramatic setting. Polistipos in the Pitsilia area is just one such mountainside village, its buildings arranged in terraced layers climbing up the hillside. At over 1000m above sea level the climate in Polistipos is fresh and cool, a fact that is reflected in the greenness of its surroundings.
North, south, east or west - the choice is yours. No matter where you end up though you can be sure you'll be greeted with a friendly smile and given the warmest of welcomes as only Cypriots know how.