A beautiful little village just a stone’s throw from the shores of Cyprus’ east coast – and about 35 kilometres southwest of Larnaca – Maroni brings tradition to life with its historic houses made of local stone and narrow streets that tell tales which date back to the Bronze Age. Spend an inspiring 24 hours in the area with My Cyprus Insider’s guide on hand!
Rise and shine at Teacher’s House
Wake up in traditional style at the Teacher’s House surrounded by lush mature gardens. Comprising five studio apartments, each feature a dining area with open plan kitchen. But you won’t need to cook for breakfast; the first meal of the day is prepared daily for guests with local ingredients giving you a great start to the day.
Where? 3 Archagelou Michael St, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 99-121663
Walk through the quaint village streets
A pretty village with hidden secrets round every turn, enjoy a walk through the winding streets and be sure to take in the beauty of three churches in the vicinity: Saint George church, Ayii Anargyroi church and the chapels of Saint George’s and Saint Nicolaos. Have a good look at all the traditional houses in the area, where vibrant flowers climb up walls and colourful doorways beckon.
Dine at Lenia’s traditional tavern
Take a drive outside the village to Psematismenos for lunch, and make a beeline for Lenia’s Traditional Tavern, one of the last remaining jewels of traditional Cypriot cuisine. Run by Mrs Lenia and her husband, they are known for using only the freshest local ingredients in their delicious home-cooked dishes. From keftedes (meat balls) to lamb chops, koupepia (stuffed vine leaves) to village style ravioli, you’re guaranteed a meze feast.
Where? Psematismenos Village Centre. Tel: (+357) 99-528821
Drive to the ancient site in Kalavasos
Often referred to by locals as ‘tenta’, according to local tradition, the name dates back to 327 A.D. when St. Helen, mother of Constantine the Great, stayed in a tent (tenta) in this location during her visit to the island following the discovery of the Cross of the Crucifixion in Jerusalem. Along with the well known Choirokitia, this place points towards evidence of sedentary communities on the island at the end of the 7th millennium B.C, who developed an original civilisation named the Aceramic Neolithic Cypriot. Head to the Kalavasos tent today and you’ll see the remains of a community surrounded by walls and made up of a compound of buildings with simple circular or double circular ground plans built with sun-dried mudbrick, stone, or a combination of both.
Take a seaside stroll at sunset
Nothing beats a winter walk by the sea if you wrap up warm. And the mixed pebble and sand beaches near Maroni make for an ideal place to take in the beauty of the coast as the sun goes down. It can get a little windy in the area, so make sure you wear the right clothes and sit back to enjoy the magic of nature as the sun dips beneath the crimson horizon.
Kick back for a drink and nibble at the Old Coffee Shop
If you want to feel like you’re just kicking back in the living room of a grand old home, then this coffee shop is the place to be! Push the heavy old-fashioned door and you’ll immediately want to take a seat on one of the cushy sofas, with cushions and throws adding to the comfort factor! With the whole place boasting a great vintage flair, your mind will be journeying back in time in no time as you enjoy the calm. For a light evening meal, order a cheese or meat platter, or go for their homemade quiche. The desserts (especially the beloved cheesecake) are delicious and you can wash it all down with a lovely glass of red wine.
Where? St George’s St, Maroni. Tel: (+357) 24-332553
Spend the night at Little Lodge Guest House
A gorgeous tranquil oasis in the village, the Little Lodge Guest House is the perfect place to put your feet up after a day spent exploring. The bed and breakfast is set within an old house, with gardens overlooking the surrounding countryside, as far as the Troodos mountains. There are only two rooms in the house, each decorated with a Mediterranean flair, with balconies opening up onto a lovely private terrace with views across the pool. Breakfast awaits in the morning; a mouth-watering’ choice of English breakfast, delicious Cyprus fruit salad, local Greek yogurt and much more!
Where? Little Lodge Guest House, 14 Ayios Minas. Tel: (+357) 99-511264