Picture this: you’re standing on a breathtaking hillside location in the heart of Paphos’ wine producing region. High above sea level, you’re surrounded by quaint traditional villages, cocooned by vineyards and orchards, and overlooking an unspoilt panorama of rolling hills and deep blue sea. Add to that the endless green of a magnificent golf course, with holes surrounded by grapevines, walnut, almond, and olive trees backed by brilliant blue skies and the experience is nothing less than idyllic. Welcome to Minthis Hills. A great place to spend the whole day, My Cyprus Insider gives you the lowdown on some fun and inspiring things you can do on the resort and surrounding area.
Try your hand at golf
Boasting an 18-hole championship course, few places are so tranquil for a friendly game, appealing to players of all standards, with great variety between holes.
Elevated trees invite everyone to “have a go”, yet narrow tree-lined fairways provide a challenge for pros, with each shot requiring careful assessment. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising mountain views certainly provide the perfect backdrop for an inspiring game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features.
Catch a glimpse of a beautiful ancient monastery
The course enjoys a historic location, situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery which the resort is named after; Stavros Tis Minthis.
Pointing towards the area’s rich heritage, legend has it that the decision to build a monastery on the site was made following the discovery of a large cross in some mint bushes, with a lit candle beside it. The cross, which is now fully restored, can be found at the Holy Bishopric museum in Paphos.
Drink & dine at the Clubhouse
A two-thousand square metre clubhouse is the social heart of the resort. Boasting a striking design which fuses modern and traditional, the clubhouse enjoys fantastic views of the golf course where you can kick back and enjoy a few drinks, or tuck into some foodie delights, prepared by the award winning culinary team, trained by Alain Ducasse.
Making use of the finest local seasonal ingredients with dishes boasting an international flair, the Executive Chef, Marios Karayiannis, has prepared a fantastic menu.
From appetisers like stuffed peppers filled with four cheeses, sun dried tomato, zucchini and aubergine, to mouth-watering salads, mains include a whole range of snacks like the mango duck wrap and honey mustard chicken ciabatta. Then there’s a variety of pasta dishes to enjoy – with Mediterranean Ravioli, Spaghetti Alle Vongole, and more on the menu – as well as seafood dishes (we loved their oven baked sea bass with fennel, baby carrots, and new potatoes served with saffron aioli sauce), as well as meaty treats like their Med lamb shank and pepper crusted duck. And if you have a sweet tooth, don’t forget about dessert!
Connect with nature with a walk through a stunning nature trail
With a gorgeous nature trail weaving through the area that’s open to the public, there is no better time than spring to head out through the stunning green countryside as you follow a signposted trail, with plenty of wild flowers, local herbs and trees to spot along the way (over 70 signs in total point towards 48 different plants).
The trail is 5km long and it takes 2 and half to 3 hours to walk. The perfect way to explore the resort’s spectacular landscape and absorb the energising fresh air, multiple lookout points are ideally placed to take in the captivating vistas, and provide the ideal spot for relaxation and refreshments.
A small waterfall, impressive rock formations and caves used by shepherds for shelter are just some of the sites you’ll spot along the way. That’s not to forget designated areas for bird watching and star gazing.
Explore the neighbouring villages
With Tsada, Kallepia and Episkopi (Paphos) just a stone’s throw away, there’s much to see and do in the surrounding area. In Tsada, you can catch a glimpse of a number of beautiful churches, as well as visiting the paternal home of honoured Cypriot hero, Evagoras Pallicarides. That’s not to forget the stone built brewery of the village.
Then head to Kallepia for a look at all things traditional on show at the Museum of Popular Art and Tradition, with all sorts of old tools and traditional furniture to ogle at. In the centre of the village, you’ll come across the main square surrounded by a traditional fountain and paved roads made with local stone that befriend traditional stone built houses.
When you then head on to Episkopi, the first thing you’ll notice when you enter the village is a truly imposing rock; at a height of 70 metres it’s a real site to see and stands as the largest monolithic rock on the island!
And don’t forget to visit the Episkopi Paphos Environmental Information Centre (EPEIC), aiming to highlight, promote and protect the ecological and cultural characteristics of the Ezousa Valley, contributing to the sustainable development of the area.
Keep in mind that plans are currently underway for the construction of a village square, to include alternative restaurants, a farmer’s market and more. A wellness centre on the grounds is also set to become a focal point, aimed at total rejuvenation of body and mind, with a whole variety of therapies and treatments to be made available in the future.
Where? Tsada, Paphos. Golf Club tel: (+357) 26-842200. Clubhouse tel: (+357) 26-842222. www.minthishills.com
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