Rising 400 metres above sea level and famed for its gorgeous Carob trees, the blissfully peaceful village of Anogyra is the perfect place to escape for a night away. Situated in the hills between Limassol and Paphos, there are some lovely beaches to head to when you’re in the area, whether you fancy a dip in Pissouri, or a splash in the nearby waters of Avdimou Bay. But with Anogyra village itself boasting countless treasures to explore, we advise that you wake up bright and early in the village and make the most of what it has to offer before venturing down to the coast.
Rise and shine at Nicolas and Marias Cottages
With the village characterized by cobbled lanes and old stone built houses that open up onto beautiful courtyards, there is nowhere better to get some rest that one of the renovated old homes in the area. And if you want to stay right in the centre of the village, Nicolas and Marias Cottages are ideal, with the giant wooden door at the front of the cottages opening up onto a pretty sun drenched courtyard bursting with local plants and flowers.
With six traditional studio apartments of varying sizes surrounding the traditional courtyard, all are equipped with cooking facilities and decorated in traditional village style. Just take your pick and the lovely host, Maria, will ensure that your stay is as relaxing as can be!
Get better acquainted with the history of the area at the Carob Museum & Factory
Head to this lovely little museum (tel: 25 222225) and the owner will give you a great tour as you familiarise yourselves with the island’s so called black gold which is used to make ‘pastelli’ (carob toffee) and ‘teratsomelo’ (carob honey).
As you have a look around the little museum and get to know how carob produce is traditionally made, be sure to have a look at the delicious goodies on offer that you can purchase to take home with you on your way out.
Enjoy a dip and a bite to eat at Nicolas Swimming Pool Pub & Restaurant
If you want to hide under the shade of the umbrella come lunch time, then head to a nice pool in the village centre to kick back with a good book. With food and beverages also on offer at Nicolas Swimming Pool Pub & Restaurant, you can curb those hunger pangs and quench your thirst as you recharge your batteries and hit the road to continue on your journey of discovery.
Stop off to take pictures at the Monastery of the Holy Cross
Just outside the main hub of the village, Anogyra’s little monastery dates back to the Byzantine era and is a really intricate complex, with several outbuildings said to have once been used as living quarters for the monks. Be sure to have a good look at its barrel-vaulted church with a single nave and dome.
Adorned with Palaiologan style paintings on its walls, they may have faded over the time, but still deserve attention and remain great examples of Palaiologan painting on the island. The present-day church was built in the 15th century over the foundations of an early Christian basilica.
Pop into the Oleastro Olive Park
Drive just a few kilometers outside the village to visit the Oleastro Olive Park. Nestled amidst trees in the Oleastro Grove, the building takes visitors back in time, with information and exhibits on just about everything olive-related imaginable, from extraction methods used over time to farming activities and onto the role of olives and olive oil in the Cypriot house and the Mediterranean diet, as well as all related customs, traditions and history.
Illustrated wallboards let you in on all sorts of interesting facts, and what’s really great, is that you’re given the chance to really see the difference between the way olive oil was extracted years ago to the way it’s extracted today. Got the little ones with you? Various friendly animals on the grounds will put a smile on their face, as well as a playground where they can unleash their energy. And there’s also a café for grown ups to grab a coffee too!
End the day with some village delicacies at Anogyra Village Tavern
For Cypriot meze in an open garden terrace, head down to Anogyra tavern as you make your way through the bright bougainvillea archway at the entrance, through the restaurant and out onto the patio.
Expect plenty of meaty and veggie treats on offer as part of their homemade Cyprus meze, as well as casserole dishes. Wash it all down with some local wine before you call it a night in one of the prettiest villages on the island!
On September 9th, you can look forward to a fun carob festival held in the village to celebrate the harvest, featuring pastelli making demonstrations, traditional dances, music, food, wine and other local delicacies.