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. This village is situated across both banks of the Karyotis River, and visitors can 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 pedestrianised tangle of streets that comprise the historic quarter 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 an ideal place to base yourself while exploring the region's frescoed churches and surrounds.