Can you feel the weather changing slightly? It may not be quite the crisp autumn we dream of yet, but veer away from the main towns and into the countryside, and you’ll soon be able to spot green leaves turning golden, with the fresh air and cooler climate providing relief after the long hot summer. If you’re planning a day trip towards paths less travelled and fancy stopping off for a tasty brunch or lunch while you’re at it, just follow My Cyprus Insider’s lead!
1. Ierambelos at Santa Irene Winery, Farmakas
Taking country dining to a new level, this lovely countryside venue is surrounded by the Santa Irene Winery vineyards and overlooks the rugged Troodos mountains. Giving diners the chance to tuck into either a buffet (with a special Sunday lunch buffet) or á la carte menu, all traditional dishes on offer are made with fresh local produce. While the weather is still warm, it’s all about al fresco dining with exceptional views of the Farmakas Valley. In the winter months, you can cosy up by the fireplace and enjoy a fabulous glass of full-bodied red made by the winery.
Keep in mind that once you’ve finished your lunch at Ierambelos, you can also take a wine tour or go on a vineyard safari tour (by appointment only). Further afield there are some gorgeous nature and hiking trails to enjoy, while you’re only a short drive away from the scenic village of Gourri, Fikardou and Machairas Monastery. And if you’re not ready to go home, you can put your feet up for the night at the ‘Farmakas Living’ agrotourism houses, run by the same establishment.
Where? Farmakas village, Dimokratias Street. Tel: (+357 22-515505)
2. Oinou Strata, Vouni
A glass of fine wine often goes down a treat when you’re enjoying a day off, but a glass of wine in the heart of the Limassol winegrowing district becomes event more heavenly! Add to that a brand new wine bar that oozes class and the experience is an altogether dreamy one. Just head down to Oinou Strata; a stunning new agrotourism complex with luxury suites, and enjoy local vino at its best in the cosy wine bar.
And if you fancy a nibble with that rose, red or white, then there are cheese and sausage platters to choose from, as well as sandwiches and selection of salads including quinoa, Cyprus takos and salmon salad.
Where? Ellados Street, Vouni, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-944244. firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Aristoklis Traditional Brunch, Pachna
You may not look at this place twice if you walk past it in the Limassol village of Pachna, but the smell of freshly baked bread will surely lure you in. And truth be told, the venue itself exudes an understated charm; a real Cypriot village joint serving brunch in much the same way as any village household.
Expect traditional halloumi, cheese, eggs, lounza (smoked pork) and more, with a hot or cold drink of your choice. Take a seat in the leafy patio when the weather allows, or step into the cosy little place when the winter chill kicks in. Once you’ve satiated the taste buds, head out for a great walk through the surrounding countryside.
Where? Pachna Village, 16 Griva Digeni, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 99 – 400226/ 99 — 612842