Exploring the District of Paphos

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 06, 2011


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Saturday, January 29, 2011



After a full breakfast and much teasing me and Costas drive off for our sight-seeing tour exploring the district of Paphos.

We leave behind the little village of Drynia which is at an altitude of about 500 metres above sea level and we head for the first village. Costa wants to show me the dam of Kannaviou.



The morning dew and the little fog this morning due to the rain we had last night makes the sight a bit foggy so I don't have the result I wish I had for my photos.  However the view from up the hill is really beautiful. The little village of Kannaviou is in lush vegetation and certainly it is cool out here during the hot months of summer.

We drive through Pano Panagia, a quiet little village well known to Cypriots as the birthplace of Makarios III.  He was an archbishop of the Cypriot Orthodox Church and also the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Seeing the trail sign in the village I find out that it is a circular trail of 10 km from the village of Pano Panagia in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains.  Every time I hear of a trail I want to explore it as I love walking.  The problem is finding people who can come along!  Of course, highlights of this trail include walking through vineyards, extensive views of the Toodos range and passing the Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa which is our next destination.

The whole of this district is famous for its wine and I am happy when I see my cousin stopping outside one such.  Last night we had some excellent wine and I am in the mood of tasting some today.

The first winery has some high quality wines and is called 'Vouni Panayia Winery , while the second one we visit  is 'The Tsagarides Winery'.

Both wineries are open to visitors and in the first one there is also a restaurant in the same building.  ‘Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko’ is a popular wine in the first winery and it has a deep red with violet shade color which will change into brownish due to ageing.  (I find it a bit bitter for me though).

Of course there are other types like the one called ‘Spourtiko’ which is fruity with rich varietal aroma and is much lighter than the first one, and one or two others….the Pampela and Alina.

At Tsangarides Winery I taste the Shiraz which I find of excellent taste.

I cannot taste many though because it is still morning, but some of the best are the Cabernet sauvignon, and Ayios Efrem Red which is a special blend of Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. Much color and flavour spiced with berries, coffee and pepper.

After the year 1980 the government encouraged people in these winery districts to open their wineries and there are over forty these days. Many of these wineries welcome visitors for guided tours and tasting.

Something which I really want to do in my following trip to Cyprus is to visit the Wine Museum.  It is at the village of Erimi near the castle of Kolossi and I plan to spend some days in that area in March when I return to the island again.









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rossport
rossport on

wow Popi i loved the tour i felt like i was there with you :) and i did not know what
Soutzoukos was so i goggled it and found out hm i must see if my local Greek delicatessen has it and also in my search i came across your blog recommending it lol so u are famous on the internet

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venoth
venoth on

A beautiful countryside Popi, loved the photo of the dam.

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