Feeling a little bored of beachside lazing and fancy doing something different when you’re by the coast? My Cyprus Insider recommends that you veer a little off the beaten track, roll those car windows down, and embark on a wonderfully scenic drive to the quaint and peaceful little village of Gialia, about 11 km north-east of Polis Chrysohous.
Upon arrival, make a beeline for Val’s Place, a gorgeous little family run café/bar where you can kick back, relax, and let yourselves blissfully enjoy the feeling of overwhelming calm that the area exudes.
Set in a breathtaking location, expect unobstructed panoramic views of the undulating landscape that makes its way down to the deep blue of the west coast. Little wonder that Val’s Place has fast earned a great reputation, with people from near and far now discovering what is becoming known as a rather paradisical hang-out in this unspoilt and unkempt region of the wider Paphos district.
Distinctly quirky and delightfully welcoming, you can’t miss the place from the outside, with its characteristic green picket fence and colourful flower baskets beckoning attention, hammock gracefully swaying in the wind, and a chunky wooden sign proudly bearing the name of the venue, beckoning visitors to step inside.
That’s not to forget the lush fruit trees that surround the venue, lovingly grown and planted on the family land. There’s even papaya and Inca berries in the mix, while visitors are encouraged to indulge in deliciously healthy home-made smoothies and spoon sweets, with their papaya spoon sweet having fast become an absolute favourite.
Feeling the early morning hunger pangs? Head here for Cypriot breakfast with halloumi cheese, olives, sausage, bacon, tomatoes and eggs fried in olive and coconut oil with a good dash of spice. Then there’s lunch and dinner served in true traditional style, with a ‘dish of the day’ to tantalise your taste buds, which varies from moussaka to pulses, while meat lovers can indulge in grilled food. Suffice to mention that much of the food served is sourced from the family land and its all cooked on the spot.
Stay on for sunset and make the most of the idyllic setting in the comfort of a hammock as soft reggae, blues or jazz beats resonate throughout the space. Want to make a fun night of it here? Every Friday evening sees the place come to life with live performances by the owner’s children who share a love for music.
Where? Pano Gialia, Polis Chrysochous, Paphos. Monday – Sunday: 10.30am- 1am. Tel: (+357) 99-683870