The village of Kalopanayiotis, tucked away in the green Marathassa Valley, is home to countless historical, cultural and religious sites that have endless tales to tell about the island’s colourful history. And when exploring the picturesque village, be sure to veer off the beaten track to discover some of the most beautiful spots that many often overlook!
Put your best foot forward and head out on a short walk through the signposted Kykkos Watermill nature trail and prepare to set your sights on an old mill dating back to the 17th century. But before you get there, the journey towards this place is half the fun; you’ll be making your way through beautiful surrounds in an untouched natural environment.
Declared an ancient monument and renovated by the Department of Antiquities in 1997, even many regular visitors to this gorgeous village in the Marathassa Valley don’t actually know about the old mill. A great example of Cyprus pre-industrial period architecture, the waternill once covered the needs of Kykkos Monastery, as well as the villages of Moutoullas, Oikos, Gerakies and beyond. The watermill stopped operating in 1953.
While you’re exploring the area, you can also have a good look around the old millers’ house, with the doors of the building open to visitors.
Once you’ve taken a few pictures, cross over the gurgling Setrachos River and follow a shady path that leads to a 16th century Venetian bridge; another of Kalopanayiotis’ treasured ancient sites. And when your feet tire, just kick back and relax on one of the numerous benches dotted along the river bank.