With the Easter holidays fast approaching, you may be craving a much-needed break, and if it’s a countryside escape that you’re after, nothing beats travelling through roads less explored as you put your feet up for the night in a mountain or village retreat. And the good news is, there are some new spots calling out for attention, with three places recently located by the My Cyprus Insider team. Read on!


1. Marmaras, Lysos village

Claiming pride of place by the gorgeous Paphos Forest and a mere 20 minutes drive from Chrysohous Bay and the Akamas Peninsula, the village of Lysos is now home to brand new guest house that just opened at the start of the year, going by the name of Marmaras.



Unlike many agrotourism retreats in villages around the island, this one really combines all things modern with tradition, with the rooms decorated in contemporary fashion; think bright white walls, a splash of bold colour, large windows and all modern amenities.

With 11 separate suites to choose from, owners emphasise that the hotel provides an ideal base for hiking, cycling and seaside adventures in the surrounding areas. And if, per chance, you wish to organise a stay for a group of people from work, this place provides a common space for conferences and meetings, complete with a video projector.



Where? 18 Iosif Michael St, Lysos, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 26 221216


2. Farmakas Living, Farmakas village

About 5km east of Palaichori, high up in the towering Troodos Mountains, Farmakas Living  is yet another place offering travellers and visitors countryside accommodation in modern style.



Perfect for a family getaway, the mountain view suite has two double beds with a large lounge/sitting area and a private balcony for moments of ultimate relaxation as you take in the views across the mountains and bucolic countryside. If you’re a couple, the deluxe garden room is ideal, complete with a double bedroom, small lounge and fully equipped kitchen.



Where? Farmakas village centre, Troodos district. Tel: (+357) 99-426848


3. Escape Hotel Apodrasi, Palaichori village

Very minimal and simple, this basic bed and breakfast nestled in the majestic mountains of Pitsilia region of the Troodos Mountains is just what you need if you’re looking for a quiet and convenient base to explore the surrounding area!



With Escape Hotel  located in the heart of Palaichori – just 45 km from Nicosia and Limassol – the village itself is centred around the main square, while visitors gravitate towards beautiful Byzantine churches of the area. With clean and spacious rooms, this family run contemporary hotel is sandwiched between old stone buildings, with the mountains of the area forming a glorious backdrop.


Where? 23 Eleftherias Avenue, Palaichori. Tel: (+357) 22-642300