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"Holidays in the Cyprus countryside guided by nature and tradition."

Paphos, Cyprus:  A perfect place for Agrotourism or Ecotourism.

 

 Pafos,is widely known as the birthplace of Aphrodite Goddess of Love and Beauty. It combines natural beauty,  history and legend.

In antiquity Pafos was the centre of the cult of Aphrodite. Swim in the sea by the rocks known as "petra tou romiou" where the goddess was believed to have risen from the waves, make a pilgrimmage to her sanctuary at Kouklia, or visit the grotto near Polis where she was supposed to have bathed.

 Paphos with its pleasant harbour and medieval fort, combines holiday in a traditional Cyprus village, spectacular countryside and historical sites. It was the capital of Cyprus for 600 years in ancient times and its archeological legacy is such that UNESCO put the whole town on its World Cultural Heritage list.

The intricate floor mosaics in villas dating back to the Roman period depicting scenes from Greek mythology are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. Equally impressive are the underground Tombs of the Kings carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars. The museum at Maa-Paleocastro near Coral bay has an interesting collection of artefacts from the period of Mycenean Greek colonisation of Cyprus. Byzantine treasures abound, such as the remarkable five-domed church of Agia Paraskevi in Geroskipou, or the ruins of two early Christian basilicas at Agios Georgios in Pegeia.

 The monastery of Agios Neophytos has wonderfully colourful frescoes painted on the walls in a cave that a hermit carved out the mountains. Chrysorrogiatissa monastery is worth visiting for its fine icons and a taste of the locally produced vintage wine from  its own winery.

The Akamas peninsula is an are a of natural wilderness with dramatic coastlines and sandy coves. Here you walk along one of the many scenic nature trails or take a boat trip along the dramatic coastline that all from part of Aphrodite's playground. Make sure you visit the picturesque village Episkopi of Pafos and live the village life by staying in one of Piskopos Traditional Resorts restored traditional accommodation.

Episkopi Village, Paphos, Cyprus. Ideal for agrotourism or ecotourism vacations in unspoiled natural enviroment.

This traditional Cyprus village, enhance and complement a wonderful natural environment, with a local character a traditional architecture.

Episkopi is a lovely traditional Cyprus village built on the west side of the Ezousas River.  It is situated 12 kilometres from Paphos, 14 kilometres from the sea, and 8 kilometres from the popular Tsada golf course. The surroundings of Episkopi are characterized by a beautiful landscape with lots of citrus trees. It is an idyllic location on the east bank of the Ezousa river surrounded by greenery, as the trees by the riverbank, having an abundant supply of water, have grown dense and lofty.

The village entrance is marked by a steep rock that dominates the village and the valley underneath. Few metres away is the Saint Ilarion Church (Agios Ilarion)  that dates back to 1192 (Frankish period). According to tradition, the Saint led an ascetic life in this craggy location. The cave where he lived and died in 371 AD watches over the settlement.

A stroll around the village reveals to visitors that the traditional core of the village remains unchanged. The old stone drinking fountain with its characteristic arches still stands. The narrow, often steep, streets follow the natural gradient of the land and the houses are build in the local greyish-brown limestone.

 

Map of Episkopi Village & Paphos.

 

Download a FREE Cyprus Map, published by the Cyprus Tourism Organization.

 

Piskopos Traditional Holiday Resorts is operating under license by the CyprusTourism Organization (CTO).

 

Piskopos Traditional Holiady Resorts is a member of the Cyprus Agrotourism Company.

 

Episkopi Village, Paphos: Photo  Gallery

 

 
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TESTIMONIALS

Sander, The Netherlands.

Getting away from it all! We really enjoyed our stay at this house. Pambos, the owner, did a great job in making us feel at home right from the start! The house itself is located at the end of a steep road, near the edge of a small village. The pictures just do not do it enough justice, when we arrived there were flowers everywhere. And besides completely unobstructed views, you will enjoy lots of privacy at the pool. And even though it feels miles away, Paphos is only 15 minutes by car. The interior has lots of traditional details. We had a great stay at the house! An excellent way to see the real Cyprus, without giving up any comfort. Recommended for:Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway October 24. Rating *****: 5 out of 5.

Superblade, UK

We also recommended the route to the Troodos mountains via the track towards Nata, turning left on to the road towards Panagia Chrysorrogiatissa.” Date of Stay: August-September 2010. Rating *****: 5 out of 5.

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