Right beside the picturesque village of Lefkara, Kato Drys has become famous in the past few years as the host of the annual Fengaros Festival. But more than this, the village is a beautiful place to spend the weekend, with cobbled streets leading visitors towards quirky museums, stonebuilt churches, traditional coffee shops and eateries. And if you want to put your feet up for the night, the My Cyprus Insider team have a few great ideas up our sleeve!
1. To Konatji tis Marikas jai tou Gianni
Right in the centre of the village, this charming place was first built way back in 1865 and was lovingly restored by family members in 2016. With its name best translated as ‘The Grand House of Markia and Yiannis’, the younger generation wanted to honour its predecessors in the best way possible.
With 5 rooms in total, they are all self-catered, complete with a living room and kitchen, and open up onto a sun-kissed inner open patio. Bold and vibrant, expect bright colours throughout, as a touch of modern fuses with traditional furniture from days of old.
Where? Kato Drys village centre, Larnaca district. Tel: (+357) 99-727771
2. Palatakia Village Houses
This gorgeous sanctuary oozes the chic kind of charm that will leave you wide-eyed, catering to the needs of even the most discerning guest. A boutique agrotourism complex of four restored traditional houses, Palatakia Village Houses date back 300 years. Now given a modern flair, there’s beautiful lighting around the complex, artwork by local artists adorning the walls of each room, and contemporary furniture adding a really modern touch.
As old and new fuses in fabulous fashion, traditional stone exteriors make way to streamlined modern and chic interiors, that are both simple and yet still warm and welcoming. And for the quality and standard of accommodation that you get, it’s worth mentioning that the prices are pretty good too!
Where? Kato Drys village, Larnaca. Tel (+357) 99-934807
3. Garden Kamara Traditional House
You’ll have to walk through a gorgeous orchard to get to this place and you’ll no doubt be overwhelmed by the seasonal fruit and vegetables in the blissfully quiet surrounds. You’ll then step into a lovely courtyard before walking into the Garden Kamara house itself, with two independent master bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with a stone built fireplace.
What’s really great is that while staying at Garden Kamara, you can get better acquainted with the island’s history, culture and traditions by visiting the Bee and Embroidery Museum which operates on the same complex. You can even participate in seasonal agricultural or apicultural activities such as fruit and nut picking, honey making, winemaking or in the preparation of local treats!
Where? Kato Drys village. Tel: (+357) 24-620999