Cyprus may be a small island, but it certainly doesn’t cease to amaze us. And no matter how many times we set about exploring new pastures, there’s always a hidden spot that leaves us utterly breathless. When the My Cyprus Insider team set about on a recent adventure in the Paphos region, it was Yeronisos island (otherwise known as holy or sacred island) that left us stunned and amazed.

 

Photo credit: mr_droner_cy

A tiny island some 18 kilometres north of Paphos in Peyia area, not many people are aware that it was once inhabited, all the way up until the 15th century. Once home to a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo in the late Hellenistic period, life on the island in days gone by wasn’t brought to light until excavations in the early 1980s, when certain interests were intent on building on the island! Soon enough, however, the historical significance of Yeronisos was revealed and all attempts to erect tourist facilities on the island were halted. Artefacts found include coins, pottery, glass, and inscriptions, while Limestone amulets point to ritual activity and the worship of Apollo.

Rising an impressive 21.65 metres from the sea, the island is clearly visible from ‘Ayios Giorgios tis Peyias’. Cameras at the ready!