THE AREA

The South-East Corner:
  • This region is known as "Kokkinochoria" which means "red-soil villages". Life in the south eastern corner largely revolves around the superb white beaches and the crystal clear sea, and many kinds of water sports are readily enjoyed, including scuba diving, paragliding, and snorkelling.
  • Small churches dating from the 13th and 16th centuries are found in Sotira and in nearby villages. The skilful craft of basket-making still carries on at Liopetri.

  • Agia Thekla:
  • Agia Thekla, where the villa is located, is an upmarket and unspoilt area, and has a delightful white sandy beach within 5 minutes walking distance of the villa. This has crystal clear waters and is overlooked by a charming little chapel, and is one of a number of beautiful sandy beaches in the area.
  • Within a 3 minutes walk of the villa is a superb traditional greek restaurant; this has built up a very good reputation locally, and in summer one can eat outside and listen to the sea whilst sampling the local delicasies.
  • Agia Thekla is ideally located, and is only a 3 minutes drive from the bordering Makronisos, which has a large selection of restaurants and bars.
  • The villa is within easy reach of the prestigious Ayia Napa Marina (this is located in Agia Thekla, not Ayia Napa, & is currently under construction). It is also close to a new 5* hotel & spa resort (due for completion March 2020).
  • Potamos Liopetriou
  • The picturesque fishing shelter at Potamos Liopetriou, just east of the village of Xylofagou, is a photogenic inlet where fishermen mend their nets by day, before setting sail in the evening to farm the sea.
  • Extending beyond the fishing shelter is an unspoilt nature reserve, which boasts an excellent beach, a tiny place of worship, and a couple of traditional greek tavernas.
  • Protaras
  • Protaras, the tourist area of Paralimni, is within a 10 minutes drive of the Villa, and is one of the most popular areas of Cyprus. It extends for approximately 10 kilometres beginning in the north in the Kapparis locality and ending in the south in the Konnos area.
  • Protaras has built up a reputation for its windmills and glorious sandy beaches. The area has a contrasting landscape, from the rugged coves of Cape Greko to the the lovely sandy beach of Fig Tree Bay.
  • Ayia Napa:
  • The old town of Ayia Napa, 7km from the villa, was originally a small fishing village. The charming mediaival monastery stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a high wall. Its 16th century church is partially undergound, cut into the rock. The hostel, west of the church, belongs to the World Council of Churches. The ancient sycamore tree, in front of the south gate, is believed to be over 600 years old.
  • The beaches in the Ayia Napa area are, in common with the area as a whole, excellent. In the harbour area, there are a number of fish restaurants which descend onto the harbour and overlook the nearby beach.
  • Ayia Napa is also home to a superb range of restaurants and bars, is less than a 10 minutes drive from the villa, and is a delightful place to venture to before returning to the serenity of Agia Thekla.
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    Paralimni:
  • The small, white-washed town of Paralimni, slightly inland, has a number of open-air, unspoilt tavernas known for their delicious local cuisine. Since the Turkish military occupation of Famagusta in 1974, this small town has become the main administrative centre of the district, and Paralimni today is rich and small and a progressive town which combines the advantages of a traditional village with the conveniences of a contemporary town.
  • Within the town square are three churches and an open air theatre.
  • Mountains:
  • The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half of its area.
  • Between December through to April its often possible to go skiing in the Troodos Mountains, and Mount Olympus has seven runs. Although you will not be guaranteed to find snow, it can sometimes reach a depth of up to 3m in the Troodos.
  • The mountain villages are absolutely charming and the people friendly and hospitable. The climate of the Troodos Mountains allows a variety of wildlife and many species of plants, birds and animal.
  • Waterworld Waterpark:
  • This is located within a 3 minutes drive and 15 minutes walk of the Villa. Waterworld Cyprus is 70,000 square meters in size, is the largest waterpark in Cyprus, and currently the largest themed water-park in Europe.
  • For further information on the Water Park, please click on the relevant link on the left hand side of the page.
  • Other local activities:

  • Jet Ski: Jet skis can be rented at several places during the high season.
  • Diving: Just offshore you can dive into a fantastic underwater world rich with coral reefs and marine life.
  • Other watersports: There is a good selection of watersports available in the area, ranging from water-skiing,windsurfing, sailing canoes, pedal boats, snorkelling, and scuba diving etc.
  • Go karting: A go-kart track is located next to Waterworld at Agia Thekla.
  • Ocean Aquarium: The superb Ocean Aquarium park is located close to Protaras.

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