A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to give us insight into their favourite area in Cyprus, and we got some fabulous feedback. With the fashionable and historic area of Chrysaliniotissa in old Nicosia topping the list, here’s the top 10 to inspire the explorer in you…happy wandering!
1. Chrysaliniotissa, Old Nicosia
With its stunning architecture, quaint churches, pretty houses and historic sites to ogle at, the gorgeous and multicultural neighbourhood of Chryssaliniotissa in Old Nicosia wears the gold crown when it comes to reader’s preferences, with mentions of Inga’s Veggie Heaven, the Apomero coffee shop and the hugely popular D.O.T restaurant.
2. Limassol old town
Limassol may be a hip and happening modern city, but our readers seem to love an afternoon stroll and coffee in an area steeped in history. Limassol’s old town web of narrow streets are home to countless restaurants, bars and cafes, many housed within glorious renovated old houses. And most Limassolian’s seem to love waking up for brunch in this area, with The Cookhouse winning over reader’s taste buds!
3. Ayios Theodoros, Ktima, Paphos
The old centre of Paphos boasts gorgeous colonial buildings and if you work your way through the narrow lanes in the culturally rich neighbourhood of Ayios Theodoros, you’ll come across one of the most well known buildings in the area; the Town Hall built in Neoclassical style in 1955 within the Municipal Gardens.
4. Old Turkish Quarter, Larnaca
With traditional houses from days gone by dazzling the senses, it’s little wonder that this area – just a stone’s throw from Larnaca’s palm-fringed Finikoudes promenade- has made it onto the list. Elderly locals are often grab the chance to say hello and look out for artist’s workshops as you walk through the narrow alleys!
5. Kaimakli, Nicosia
Nicosia’s on the list again…and this time it’s Kaimakli that’s in the spotlight! A place where many locals still sit outside their houses come evening, all things old-fashioned have been given a slightly modern twist in this area, with readers paying credit to the young creatives having opened up coffee shops and eateries in recent years, with mentions of Kafenio o Platanos and Souvlaki stin Avli
6. Old Kakopetria, Troodos
A gorgeous little community and neighbourhood in Kakopetria, this is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday as you walk the cobbled lanes. Visitors to the area are particularly intrigued by the by the old stone and wood houses with ladies selling jars of spoon sweets outside their front door. And there are a few reader mentions of a lovely private wooden terrace at Village Café Serenity where you can sip on your coffee overlooking the river.
7. Omodos village centre, Limassol winegrowing district
An authentic village in the heart of the Limassol winegrowing region, readers flock here to walk around the cobbled lanes before stopping off at Stou Kir Yianni to savour delicious meze.
Photo: Johanna Farez
8. Platres village centre, Troodos
Serene and peaceful, the Platres area is where our readers love to stop off when exploring the highest peaks of the Troodos mountains. The village fold living here are mighty proud of the fact that the islands’ well-known brandy sour cocktail was first created at the Forest Park Hotel, made for King Farouk in the late 1930s, while readers enjoy kicking back for a coffee surrounded by the smell of pines.
9. Kalavasos village centre, Larnaca district
With a beautiful square in the village centre, Kalavasos is attracting more and more visitors in recent years. The Library Hotel is one of the most popular hot spots in the area, while readers also visit the village church of Panagia Titiotissa.
10. Lofou village centre, Limassol winegrowing district
Although there are hardly any permanent residents left here, this gorgeous place has still claimed a spot on our Top 10 list. The old stone houses cradling the cobbled lanes have been beautifully restored, while the neoclassical old primary school is regarded one of the most beautiful on the island. And everyone raves about the lovely village shop/coffee shop going by the name of ‘Xenis o Poyiatzis’.