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History
Cyprus is steeped in 5000 years of history, it has many fine archaeological sites including at least 3 amphi theatres where theatrical performances and concerts take place during the summer.

In Paphos a 13th century castle guards the harbour entrance and some of the most impressive mosaics in the world are found on the headland beyond the harbour, they are amazingly well preserved.

The site of the tombs of the kings is well worth a visit as is the site of the Byzantine church where St. Paul was tortured while chained to a pillar, although only ruins remain a delightful Anglican church is adjacent where anyone is welcome to visit and join in a service.
The site of the tomb
Kolossi castle
Kolossi castle, once base for the crusaders, towers over the vineyards of Kolossi village and not far away is the ancient stadium, where you can sit and imagine the screaming chariot races.

All these sites are within 30 mins. of our Cyprus Villa.

Mountain Villages
The Troodos area, very accessible from the villa, has a wealth of small villages where vineyards, cherry orchards and goats provide a major income for the area as well as the notorious villages of Omodos and Platres visited by many tourists.

Omodos is the centre of the wine industry where you can see the grapes being brought into the cooperative from the surrounding villages. The cobbled main street lined with mulberry trees leeds to the monastery.

A number of cafes and simple restaurants alternate with souvenir shops, the best buys being the local wines and hand made lace.
Platres
Platres is higher in the Troodos, stays cool and green most of the summer and was popularised in the early 1900’s when the wealthy built summer residences. Above Platres is a walk to the Caledonian Falls and a trout farm where one can eat the local fish BBQ,d.

Prodromos is the highest village in Cyprus and Pedoulas is at the top of the Marathassa valley, laid out in tiers and has a view of the north coast on a clear day.

The frescoed churches of the Troodos are renowned, the most important are Asimou, Ayios loannis, Lambadhistis, Ayios Nikolas tis Steyis, Panayia tou Araka and Stavros tou Ayiasmati. Often they are kept locked and hunting down the key is all part of the visit. The caretakers name and contact is usually on the door.

It is well worth planning a route taking in some of the villages, stopping at a local Winery for a tasting, the potteries or to take in the dramatic views.
walking in Cyprus
Walking
Walking is a pleasant way to spend time in Cyprus especially in the spring and autumn.

Coastal walking is very scenic near to the villa and the Troodos has several marked trails encompassing rivers, forestry and ravines.

The Akamas peninsular also has trails starting from Aphrodites Baths west of Latchi and Polis and of course it is interesting merely to wander around the villages.
Golf
There are currently 4 golf courses in the region:


  • Secret Valley
    3 mins. From Villa Delphia is a new 18 hole championship course designed by Tony Jacklyn playing to par 72 and measuring 5704 metres. It is a challenging course with attractive planting agaainst a natural backdrop of dramatic rock formation. It sports a stylish clubhouse and resaurant from where you can survey the beautiful grounds and watch the eagles soar overhead. There is an ecellent driving range and practice facilities with 3 putting greens and lessons can be arranged.
Secret Valley Golf Club
  • Aphrodite Hills
    5 mins. from Villa Delphia, another 18 hole course of 6200 metres par72. This very challenging course opened in 2002 and comprises of 2 plateaus separated by a steep ravine and makes the most of the spectacular terrain bearing olives and carob trees and views of the sea. The clubhouse is a high standard offering an extensive menu. Peak rate green fees are about £60 including a shared buggy.

  • Minthis Hills
    About 25 mins. from Villa Delphia, nestles in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains 500 metres above sea level, so cooler in the summer. Again a challenging 18 hole course laid out in 2 loops of 9 holes blending beautifully with the natural environment of fruit trees, vines and streams, 6000 metres in length and par71. It has a clubhouse and restaurant.

  • Elea
Cyprus Map

It is advisable to book well in advance

Tel Nos:
Secret Valley - 00357 26274000
Minthis Hills - 00357 26642774
Aphrodite Hills - 00357 26828200
Elea - 00357 26202001


Eating Out
There are a variety of restaurants and tavernas in the area. The nearest is just a 3 min. drive from Villa Delphia down the hill to the Secret Valley golf clubhouse.
You do not have to be a member to use the facilities. Its stylish, is in a beautiful setting overlooking the lake and a very pleasant venue for lunch, mid morning coffee or an aperitif.

Cyprus Restaurants

There are 6 tavernas/restaurants in the charming village of Kouklia, 5 mins. drive from the villa. They all serve good basic greek food and wine at very reasonable prices.

Every Wednesday through the summer you can join in a ‘Greek evening’ in the village square at Kouklia to watch traditional dancing and entertainment.

Pissouri Jetty and the old town above have many tavernas and restaurants, from The Captains Table overlooking the sea to Limanaki (more of a restaurant than taverna). The Bunch of Grapes has a very attractive court yard and good atmosphere. For a special meal try the restaurant at The Colombia Beach Resort.

Mandria only 10 minutes away and has 5 eating places including excellent fish and chip restaurants.


There are a wealth of restaurants for all tastes in Paphos, in Kato Paphos by the harbour where you can watch the boats, and along the Tomb of the Kings road.

While you are in Cyprus you must try a meze. It consists of a constant supply of small courses brought to the table-and they keep coming. Most restaurants have meze on their menu but we do recommend The Akis Tavern past the airport turning on the B6 in Achelia. There are always locals eating there, which speaks for itself.

Aphrodite Hills 5 mins from the villa has several restaurants, but tends to be more expensive.
Cyprus beach and coast
Beach and Coast
Villa Delphia is only a 2 min. drive to the sea and only a few km. From Aphrodite’s Rock which is where the legendry daughter of Zeus and goddess of love and beauty emerged from the sea onto the rock. Swimming here is a joy in the early evening when the sea is calm and then watching the sunset.

Pissouri Bay is an attractive pebble and sandy bay, usually quiet at either end while the centre has a variety of watersports including sailing and water sking. It is a 15 min. drive east from Villa Delphia along the beautiful coastline.

The Arkamas peninsular and nature reserve is a wonderful day out, pack a picnic and stop on the way at the sea caves and the little harbour of Agios Georgios. After that the road turns into a dirt track so a 4-wheel drive is recommended. If you enjoy off –roading there are lots of tracks to explore. Lara beaches are sandy on either side of the headland where turtles come ashore in the breeding season.
Diving
Cyprus is renowned for diving, there are many schools and centres. The island is surrounded by clear waters with coral,sponges,sea anemones,shells and colourful fish.

Look on www.cydive.com which is based in Paphos.

Shooting Club
Clay pigeon shooting, the Paphos and West Shooting Club is not far away.

Cyprus wildlife
Wildlife
Birdlife abounds in Cyprus and in the area of the villa. You are more than likely to see partridge in the villas garden and we have seen pelicans on Lady’s Mile Beach near Limassol. Eagles are often seen soaring above Secret Valley. Cyprus is on the main migration route to Africa. Cyprus has about 98 resident species and 200 more regular visitors including 10,000 flamingos.

The elegant Swallowtail butterfly, rare in Britain, is common in Cyprus and you are bound to see geckos and lizards. Cyprus is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where turtles come ashore to breed, Lara beach is a favourite spot.

A praying mantis lived in one of our Cyprus trees in the villa garden until recently and we were lucky enough to see 2 Mouflon, large wild sheep with curly horns, in the Troodos last November.  The wild flowers are beautiful especialy in the spring and early summer.


Shopping
There is a super market just 5 mins away from the villa which sells all basic needs. Paphos has several large supermarkets with fish and olive counters as well as a small market, there will be details in the villa.

The best buys in Cyprus are probably leather, silver and gold. Jewellers abound in Paphos and Limasol, and there are some very nice leather shops not to mention the shoes!