2019 Cyprus On Pedals Day-3 Highlights /

Day-3 of our tour and we are visiting a beautiful wine region which comprises 20 scenic villages that decorate the southern slopes of the Troodos mountains. The wineries scattered along this route, each in its own way generously reward the visitor seeking a unique and eclectic wine experience.

The route takes you through one of the most traditional viniculture areas on the southern face of the Troodos mountains with many winemaking villages and stands out with its unique flora and fauna.  The geographic and climatic conditions in the area favour the cultivation of two basic indigenous grape varieties, the Mavro and Xynisteri. Along this route you will find 16 wineries that welcome visitors.

10Km

Hambis Printmaking Museum at Platanisteia – the first of its kind in Cyprus –  It is situated in a small traditional stone-built village on the hills north of Pissouri village.
Museum visitors get to know the history of printmaking, the techniques and materials involved, the etching presses and, naturally, prints and their creators. More than 200 prints are exhibited dating back in the 16th century and onwards. Amongst those are prints from Japan, China, France, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, Australia, Germany, England, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, U.S.A, Peru, Turkey and Cyprus.

 

15Km
Anogyra vilage. 
On entering the village you cannot fail to notice the renovated two room building that houses the Pasteli Museum. Here, the visitor can see all the equipment used for the making of the very sweet “pasteli” from carobs which come from trees all around the village.

24Km
Pachna vilage.
Chalky soil, its elevation and climate, have made Pachna an ideal location for viticulture. By 1985 statistics 830 hectares of land were registered with the agriculture department as cultivated with wine or table vines, making it the largest grape producing village on the island.

34Km
Vasa Koilaniou. One of the most beautiful mountain villages in Cyprus . Vasa is one of the most important vine-growing villages of the region and even in previous historical periods it had a reputation for its vines. Vasa, based on arable land with vines, is the fifth vine-growing village of Limassol.

40Km
Omodos
is one of the most traditional and charming villages on the island.
The village has existed since the Frankish period and is marked as ‘Homodos’, and ‘Homoclos’ on old maps, with its name originating from the Greek word for street – ‘odos’.
Famous for its wine, Zivania spirit, handmade narrow-knit lacing and ‘arkatena’ bread, its quaint environs are perfect for agrotourism.

 

52Km
Koilani
has preserved the traditional folk architecture of the wine-producing villages of the Limassol district. Narrow, paved, ascending alleys, tiled roofs, yard walls with earthenware jars, balconies, and arches with embossed frames at the entrances of houses that are built with regional, carved limestone, provide the visitor a taste of the tradition and inheritance of this unique village.

 

80Km
Kourion Archaeological Site.
The remains of Kourion – which was one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity – are of the most impressive on the island, and excavations have unearthed many significant finds, which can be viewed at the site.
The city-kingdom was built on the hills of the area and overlooked and controlled the fertile valley of the river Kouris. The magnificent Greco-Roman theatre – the site’s centrepiece – was built in the 2nd century BC. The theatre has been restored and is now used for open-air musical and theatrical performances – mainly during the summer months – making it one of the most popular settings for high-calibre cultural events.