THE WATERFRONT 

CYPRUS

Vallée de Diarizos


Also called island of love, discover this authentic island between sea and scented mountains.


Travelogue

Cyprus, a land blessed by the gods is a serene and sacred island, a paradise full of natural beauty, history and culture. The most amazing of its characteristics is the number of religious buildings in different parts of the island.
This is beauty of the island, where, according to Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite was born. This land was chosen to be the first country to receive the message of the coming of the new religion: Christianity.

First go to the inland, in the Nicosia region which has large olive groves and orchards rising up to the pine forests of Machairas Mountains. You will visit the picturesque villages with their cobbled streets and dried mud houses, characteristics of the Cyprus rural life as the village of Fikardou.

Then towards the Larnaca area which is a meeting between East and West through the religious sites, with the Hala Sultan mosque and Saint Lazarus Church. The surrounding hills offer many charming villages with traditional houses for accommodation. Lefkara is one of the most picturesque, with its narrow streets lined with stone houses with red-tiled roofs surrounding a central courtyard. It boasts a very ancient craft in terms of filigree silver and traditional lace known as "lefkarita". One of the best preserved prehistoric sites discovered in the eastern Mediterranean is the Choirokoitia site. The Angeloktisti church in the village of Kiti, home to a very rare mosaic of the Virgin and Child between two archangels dating from the VI th century. The solitary monastery of Stavrovouni, one of the oldest in Cyprus is to visit.

Further west, the Lemesos region or Limassol is renowned for its wine industry. The traditional wine is always in the spotlight producing the best dry red wines of the island. The most famous of these wines is Commandaria, one of the oldest names in the world since dates back eight centuries. This loop circuit from Kolossi to Agia Fyla up through the fourteen villages of production where you will discover the winemaking methods. Do not miss this opportunity to visit the restored wine press of Laneia that works for centuries, witness of the glorious wine past of this land.
The two most important archaeological sites of Amathous and Kourion are located near the city of Lemesos. Besides numerous items found on these sites are at the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Around the city, the Troodos mountains have vineyards dotted with villages known collectively as the Krassochoria (wine villages). This region is also famous for its many churches listed in the UNESCO Heritage and these prestigious monasteries such as Kykkos.
Germasogeia dam and Akrotiri salt lake are very special places to observe nature and wildlife, relax, walk or go fishing.

Continue to the Paphos area, the land of Aphrodite. According to the legend she arises from the waves near the rocks of Petra tou Romiou. So go swim in the clear water.
The city of Pafos is a very nice little harbor with its medieval fort but very busy in summer. Around, enjoy the view from Maa-Paleokastro, where disembarked first Mycenaean Greeks. Go to the inland, on the way to wine villages whose name is the oldest in the world in the Diarizos Valley. The environment offers beautiful scenery. Then visit the Chrysorrogiatissa monastery and taste the wine vineyards.
From a cultural point of view, take the Aphrodite road as main archaeological site of Palaepafos (Kouklia), the Lempa Chalcolithic site, natural sites and hiking trails.
On the side of Polis in the north, the lifestyle is more traditional and you can rent houses in the village to explore the area. The Akamas peninsula is still wild with sandy coves. Try a round to Lara beach which is one of the last breeding grounds in the Mediterranean of green turtles and cacouannes. If you're more hiking, go admire the endemic plants and wildlife.
Finally, go to the baths of Aphrodite, a freshwater pond dug naturally in a cave in the middle of the green, near the fishing port of Latsi.

For an outdoor getaway, towards the Troodos region that is quite mountainous. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the island in pristine and beautiful nature. Charming villages with their cobbled streets are arranged in terraces amongst pine trees, vineyards and orchards. It is in this region that are the painted churches of Cyprus in the pure Byzantine style. Many excursions allow you to enjoy exceptional landscapes with streams and waterfalls for fishing.

Finally in the east of Larnaca, the Ammochostos region with Agia Napa, Protaras and Paralimni has exquisite white sand beaches and turquoise water but very busy in summer. So take a breath of air in the Cape Greko forest park which offers dive sites or unique snorkeling. The rocky coves are quieter. on cultural side, visit the medieval churches, such as that of Sotira or, folk art museums in Deryneia and Avgorou.

On the beach side, the island has many beaches, starting stagnant and calm waters in the west of the peninsula, to resort in the east.
The eastern side of the coast is famous for its beaches of fine white sand bathed in turquoise and shallow waters. Deep-sea bays dotted with rocks are perfect to indulge in snorkeling or diving. The coves of the western part are wilder.

So a stay in Cyprus country will delight you with its nature, culture and coves with clear waters !!


 

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