Kakopetria, or kaki petra (meaning ‘bad rock’), gets its name from the line of huge rocks along the ridge around the village that were clearly a hindrance to the first settlers. Situated across both banks of the Karyotis River, expect steep roads, hanging trees and the sound of natural storm drains.
The area is very popular with wealthy Cypriots, who retire to their homes in the mountains for the summer months. The old quarter of the village is heritage listed, and many of the houses have been restored accordingly, enabling it to retain its charm.
Kakopetria has good restaurants and accommodation. It’s also another ideal place to base yourself while exploring the frescoed churches and the surrounding area.