Top things to do in Marathasa Valley

Top Choice Monastery in Marathasa Valley

Kykkos Monastery

The island’s most prosperous and opulent Orthodox monastery was founded in the 11th century by Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komninos after a bizarre series of events. Over the centuries, a series of fires all but des…
Top Choice Church in Pedoulas

Archangelos Michail

Most people visit Pedoulas to see this extraordinary Unesco-listed church. Dating from 1474, the gable-roofed building sits in the lower part of the village. Its evocative and brightly coloured frescos, restored in …
Top Choice Cypriot in Omodos & the Krasohoria

Stou Kir Yianni

Head for the courtyard with its cool colour palette of limestone and whitewash and local art on the walls. The menu includes fattoush (salad with fried pitta) with pomegranate juice, kleftiko, vegetarian moussaka, k…
Top Choice Cypriot in Kalopanayiotis

Loutraki

This fashionable spot, with its minimalist dining room and fabulous valley views, has a refreshingly short menu of primarily grilled choices, including trout with artichokes, spinach, and lemon pesto. Other innovati…
Top Choice Cypriot in Pedoulas

Elyssia

The moussaka here is so good that it apparently attracts regulars from Pafos; the fresh trout is another winner. The meze – comprising 20 different small dishes – really showcases the cuisine. The congenial owner (w…
Monastery in Kalopanayiotis

Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery

This Unesco-listed site is a complex of three churches in one, dating from the 11th century and built over 400 years. Now under one huge pitched wooden roof, they represent some of the region's most wonderfully pres…
Monastery in Omodos & the Krasohoria

Timiou Stavrou Monastery

Fronted by the town’s impressive, massive cobbled square, the monastery’s entrance is guarded by a statue commemorating Dositheos, a former abbot murdered by Turkish troops during the Greek War of Independence in 18…
Church in Marathasa Valley

Panagia tou Moutoulla

The oldest of the 10 Unesco-listed painted churches in the Troödos Mountains, this church is believed to have once been a private chapel. It has the steep aisle and pitched roof common to the region. The rare unrest…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Omodos & the Krasohoria

Byzantine Icon Studio

Maria Aristou is an icon painter and sells her work at this small shop in the backstreets of Omodos. Prices range from €80 to €120.
Museum in Marathasa Valley

Byzantine Museum

This museum houses much of Kykkos Monastery's fabulous wealth, including Byzantine and ecclesiastical artefacts. On the left when you enter is an antiquities display. In the large ecclesiastical gallery are early Ch…