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Agios Savvas Tis Karonos

We first discovered this abandoned monastery a few years ago, when we were out geocaching.Visiting again, a few years later, I am paying more attention to the architecture than cache hiding places. There is certainly lots to see, and it is a fascinating place to have a look around. Plus, as it is slap bang in the middle of the Diarizos Valley, you know you can make a day trip out of a visit to the area, if you want to...

Garden Of Memories

The Garden of Memories was constructed in the grounds of The St Michael's Hospice, in Mesa Chorio. It provides a place of peace, colour and fragrance for the patients, their families and guests.

Kelefos Bridge

Kelefos Bridge is probably the most well-known of all the Venetian Bridges in Cyprus, for good reasons. It even features on the UK TV holiday adverts for Cyprus, showing a couple cycling over it on an afternoon ride. In reality, you won't find any cyclists here, but you will find a bridge full of charm, and surrounding countryside to match...

Kallepia Chapel Cave

This little church near Kallepia has a surprise in store should you choose to visit it. Tucked in the back is a little door, and behind that little door there is a cave...

Under Roudia Bridge

Roudia Bridge is one of the best examples of Cyprus Venetian Bridges you will find, and this is the view from underneath it.

Roudia Nature Trail

Roudia Bridge has a little nature trail tucked behind it, that takes you on a short stroll through an ancient lava flow.

Roudia Bridge

Roudia Bridge is nestled in the western side of Paphos Forest. The waters that flow through it will eventually arrive at the Asprokremmos Reservoir, after a meandering journey through the Paphos Countryside.

Above Adonis, Towards Peyia

Somewhere above Adonis Baths and on the way to Akoursos, you can find a bit of peace and quiet.

Above Adonis Baths, Towards Mavrokolympos Reservoir

This is a hard-to-reach spot above Adonis Baths, looking towards the reservoir.

Above Adonis Baths, towards Akoursos

The area above Adonis Baths towards Akoursos is fairly remote. You need to pick your route carefully though, if you are driving.

Trozena

You are far more likely to notice the iron bridge near Trezona than the village itself, which is a shame, as it is well worth a visit. It is clear that at least one building is inhabited, and there is also a church which is still in use.

Trozena Field

As you drive from Kidasi to Trozena, you will see a big cliff on the opposite side of the gorge. This field is on the other side.

Trozena Iron Bridge

Built during the British Occupation, this is a fine example of a Bailey Iron Bridge. It spans quite a deep canyon, and at first glance appears quite rickety. Have no fear though, it is hasn't fallen down yet! Good Pages To Visit

Kallepia Viewpoint

As the Ezousa Valley winds through the Paphos Countryside, from Letymbou to Episkopi and beyond, another valley breaks off to the right, and heads to Kallepia. This short tour shows an old abandoned track, and the view of the valley beyond.

Polemi Mountain

The hill that overlooks the B7 as you approach Stroumpi from Paphos is optimistically billed as a mountain.

Wild Tulip Field in Polemi

Polemi is famous for it's tulips, and there is a festival every year to celebrate them. The main tulip field is now fenced off, as too many people would pick the flowers. However, there are pockets of tulips still dotted around the area, that have escaped the approach of modern farming techniques.

Sea Rocks in Chloraka

There are some lovely rocks to explore by Sandy Beach in Chloraka. Be careful of swimming in the area though, as rip tides are very common and people have drowned along these waters.

Sandy Beach, Chloraka

Sandy Beach is a little surfing beach complete with lifeguard. And unusually for Paphos, it is actually sandy.

The Akamas - Behind Avakas Gorge

View from one of the plateaus behind Avakas Gorge.. To get to this particular plateau you need to drive up from the Avakas Gorge car park, or down from the direction of Pano Arodes. The route from Avakas will require a 4x4. Any vehichle will do from Pano Arodes, provided you drive carefully. The views up here are stunning, and it is incredibly peaceful, if you don't mind goats.

Viewpoint Behind Avakas Gorge

This is one of our favourite spots in the whole of Cyprus. Now part of a nature trail, it has always provided us with breathtaking views as we head down from Pano Arodes.

Exploring a Gorge

Mention "gorge" in Cyprus, and people will automatically think of Avakas Gorge. But there are many gorges dotted around the countryside. I am fascinated by them, ever since I saw a film of the small one near Akoursos.

Plateau Behind Avakas, Towards St George

This particular plateau can be reached either from Kathikas or the Akamas, by coming up the track from the Agia Matrona Church, above White River Beach. It is part of a spectacular route that goes through some stunning scenery.

Gorge East of Avakas

This is a lovely, secluded spot, just off the track that runs from Kathikas down to The Akamas. If you are coming from that direction, to get to this post you need to drive past all the erosion on your right, then past the farm on your left and up the hill. This spot will be just to your left at the top.

The Valley Behind Avakas Gorge

This is another shot of one of our favourite parts of Cyprus. We've come a bit further west here though, so we can see more of the Valley towards Lara Bay. In that direction also lies Avakas Gorge, but you can't really see it from here.

Latest Blog Articles

Paphos Life Road Trip #1

As summer approaches we thought we would put together some road trips suitable for all types of cars. No off-roading will be involved, and the emphasis will be on sight-seeing. This trip takes in over 10 villages, and covers a variety of landscapes, from Kathikas in the East to pano Panagia in the West.

Abandoned Villages - Statos

Statos is unusual, as abandoned villages go. People deserted it not because of inter-communal fighting, but because of the threat of landslides. And then, no sooner had they emptied, some of the abandoned buildings were repopulated. Were villagers returning, or had outsiders moved in, prepared to take the risk of landslide?

Agios Savvas Tis Karonos

We first discovered this abandoned monastery a few years ago, when we were out geocaching.Visiting again, a few years later, I am paying more attention to the architecture than cache hiding places. There is certainly lots to see, and it is a fascinating place to have a look around. Plus, as it is slap bang in the middle of the Diarizos Valley, you know you can make a day trip out of a visit to the area, if you want to...

Stroumpi Murals

If you drive along the B7 from Paphos to Polis, you will eventually hit Stroumpi. It is about midway between the two towns, and nestled on the Paphos Hills. If you look to your right as you ascend the hill, you will notice some lovely murals adorning the walls. In due course, I will write a blog on the whole of Stroumpi, but today, I just want to concentrate on these murals...

Latest News Articles

Pano Pyrgos fire under control, man arrested

A fire that raged in forested land near Pano Pyrgos is under control and a 35 year old man is under arrest as authorities investigate possible foul play,  CyBC radio reported on Friday.

Private schools on board with informing parents on total fees

THE association of private schools agrees with a provision in a proposed bill which calls for parents to be informed on the total amount of tuition they will have to pay for the duration of their children’s studies, its chairman, Giorgos Kritikos, said on Thursday.

Arrest after explosives and weapons found

A man was arrested in Paphos on Wednesday evening after police found weapons, explosives and burglary tools in his possession.

Volunteers clean up ten thousand kilos of rubbish from Akamas

Six years after a British expat couple formed a volunteer beach clean-up team to remove rubbish from remote areas of the Akamas Peninsula they have cleared away more than 10,000kg of it.