Thinking of heading up through the gorgeous sun-kissed slopes of the Troodos Mountains and into the area’s winegrowing district? Make a day (and night) of it in the picturesque village of Vouni, as My Cyprus Insider guides the way!
Wake up at Vouni Lodge
Comprising three charmingly quaint Cypriot village apartments first built in the 19th century, Vouni Lodge is a wonderful place to wake up bright and early. And when you do, you can kick back in the private courtyard/ garden with sun beds. And what’s really great, is that Vouni Lodge is also pet-friendly, so you can take your beloved pooch along with you while you enjoy your holidays.
Where? 27 Makariou St, Vouni. Tel: (+357) 99-685395
Head to the village coffee shop
A colourful little place in the centre of the village, locals and visitors alike congregate at ‘I Plateia’ (The Square) for a sip of Cyprus coffee. The inside of his place is as charming as the outside, filled with all sorts of old-fashioned bric-a-brac and memorabilia that bring that olde-worlde feel to life.
Take a walk through the old village lanes
Vouni village itself is a quiet little place, characterised by cobbled alleys and traditional houses, while you can also pop into the little Vouni Wine Museum, check out the old village olive mill, and head up and take in the views of the surrounding countryside from the old abandoned village school.
Indulge in Greek meze at Oraia Ellas
The lovely spring weather brings forth the perfect opportunity to bask in the sunshine in the lovely plant-filled garden and courtyard of this Greek tavern. Don’t expect their meze to make you burst; this place is all about smaller select portions, each one more mouth-watering than the next, from cheese ‘saganaki’ to vegetable balls and tender meat dishes.
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Where? Centre of Vouni village (signposted). Tel: (+357) 25-944328
Visit a nearby winery
With Vlassides Winery just a stone’s throw away in Koilani village, it produces some of the country’s finest local wines, situated in a 50-acre vineyard. The winery currently produces over 120 000 bottles annually, mostly from the Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Xynisteri grape varieties, while also experimenting with some new varieties of late.
Where? Koilani village. Tel: (+357) 99-441574
Get some shut-eye at Ipio Vouni Suites
Fancy calling it a day in style? Ipio Vouni Suites has been catering to foreigners and locals alike who wish to set up base in the heart of this glorious wine producing area. Ipio Vouni Suites are made up of three stone houses built over 200 years ago, recently renovated into 7 deluxe studios.
Where? Hatzipavlou St, Vouni. Tel: (+357) 99-577140.