While Liopetri certainly isn’t the most well-known village in Cyprus, anyone visiting the east coast for the summer should make a little detour to a quaint little place that comprises one of the island’s ‘red soil villages’ (Kokkinochoria) well known for its glorious Cyprus potato.
But it’s not just the red soil that lures visitors here, as the area – which has existed under the same name since Medieval times – is home to a lovely little fishing harbour characterized by traditional fishing boats on the Liopetri River. Located just west of the buzz of Ayia Napa, the relaxing surrounds are perfect for a lazy day, while the two fish restaurants by the water’s edge dish out the fresh catch of the day.
Once you’ve enjoyed a walk around the area and have made the most of a fish meze, you can perambulate the village, taking in some traditional houses made of mud bricks and straw. Be sure to also catch a glimpse of the small domed 16th century church of Ayios Giorgos.
Where? Liopetri village, Famagusta district.