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Monastery in Mesaoria Villages

Maheras Monastery

It’s a fair hike out to this sprawling monastery perched in the foothills of the eastern spur of the Troödos Mountains and under the all-seeing radar installation on Mt Kionia (1423m) to the south. The Maheras Monas…
Church in Mesaoria Villages

Agios Mamas Church

The somewhat forgotten site of the 16th-century Gothic church of Agios Mamas is like an exercise in nonstarters: it was never finished in the first place, and today the roofless walls and arches built in retrograde …
Cypriot in Mesaoria Villages

To Koultouriariko

We can think of no better place we'd like to stop for lunch while exploring the Mesaoria than this local meze tavern. From snails and fried zucchini flowers to comforting pastitsio (the Greek version of lasagne), th…
Historic Site in Mesaoria Villages

Ancient Tamassos

Tamassos’ main claim to fame was its once seemingly endless supply of copper – the mineral from which the name of Cyprus (Kypros in Greek; Kıbrıs in Turkish) is derived. A copper-producing settlement here dates from…
Monastery in Mesaoria Villages

Monastery of Agios Irakleidios

A visit to this historic monastery – a nun's convent since the 1960s – is easily combined with an excursion to the nearby archaeological site of Ancient Tamassos. The original church was built in the 5th century AD,…
Cypriot in Mesaoria Villages

Katoï

Katoï is advertised widely around Agia Marina and overlooks the village itself. The restaurant's lights are visible from some distance away at night, and it commands a great view over the Troödos foothills and the M…