The first bottles of Nelion wine were produced in 1996, and such was the success of this vintage, the family then decided to go into full production, and so they started work on building their own custom designed winery.
Opened in 1998 this fine example of home crafting, boasts great attention to detail, the atmosphere is also extremely welcoming, and these elements have resulted in the creation of a small, but perfectly formed winery
This is a place where small groups of visitors can find out more about the actual process of wine making, they can also view some artefacts, collected from a by gone age, all of which, have been handed down through generations of local wine makers.
Open from 10 am until 7pm in the summer months the place is nearly always busy with Visitors, most of whom, have made the rather pleasant drive up from Paphos, and Limassol to stock up on a few bottles or cases of the Nelion wines.
Visitors Centre open
Daily summer 9am – 6pm
Daily winter 9am – 5pm
In the centre of the village of Palaichori there is the beautiful 16th century church of Chrysopantanassa (the Accession of our lady). Inside there are unique wall paintings from the 2nd half of the 16th century and the church has been restored and composes a characteristic sample of the Cypriot cultural inheritance.
The Church of Metamorphosis of Soteros is found in the summit of the slopes, and it is a jewel of cultural inheritance and belongs in the catalogue of the International Cultural Inheritance of UNESCO.
Another church is that of St. George, and also there is another one 1.5 kms from the village dedicated to St. Anargyri.
This Monastery is situated on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, and it is an Orthodox Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
It was found in 990, but the current building dates back to 1731. The icon of the monastery of Virgin Mary is believed to be painted by Apostle Luke.
Famous for its woodcarvings and many icons, this monastery is built in an altitude of 1.500 metres and it is very close to Platres.
I visited it in November whith some friends when I was spending a couple of days in the beautiful village of Kalopanagiotis.
Note: I just saw a photo I had taken from a sign on the door post saying that they cannot accept tourists....but it is still interesting to see it from a distance. It is in lush vegetation and very beautiful.
A historic monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is located about 40 kms from Nicosia.
The interior of the church is decorated with religious icons, chandeliers, stone floors and wall frescoes.
Currently there are 20 to 30 orthodox monks here.
I have visited it recently but after many years there were so many changes in the buildings and the surround area that I could not tell where I was. It is beautiful anyhow, and worth visiting while up on the mountains.
In the heart of the Troodos mountains this little village is nested amidst green and fragrant pine trees.
It is a very picturesque village renowned for its pottery, the manufacture of traditional furniture - the Cypriot chairs of those days, and for the local "loukoumi" a product like the turkish delight.
I had the chance to visit Mr.Theofanis Pilavakis who has his private folklore museum with local pottery and traditional agricultural tools and kitchen utensils.
In Mr. Pilavakis home garden I have seen the 2nd oldest plane tree on the island, and his garden has a number of huge vessels.
His house is also kind of a museum itself, besides the small private museum in the centre of the village, and I noticed that he sells different things as well. ( We bought an iron made bed from his collection that day).
The Pilavakion Museum Tel: +357 254 21 508
Known for its sulphur springs....yet nothing much is made out there.
However it is a very beautiful resort and I had visited it many times. The last time I was out there was in November.
It was fall and the scenery was magic.
It is a village worth visiting not only for its beauty, but there are some archeological churches in the area listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I can never forget the colours of the leaves on the trees but also on the ground.
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In Greek the word -palaio- means old, so palaiochori means a very old village. It is one of the most picturesque villages in the mountains in the region of Pitsilia worth visiting.
It is mentioned in the 13th century documents and it is believed to be given to the Knightss Templars by the King of Cyprus Henry II.
Some of the surnames of the inhabitants have Latin roots even up to this day.
There is the very old church of the 16th century of Panagia Chrysopanthnassa with marvelous wall paintings....but we did not have time to visit as we had to call a lady to open the church for us.
If you want to see the museum or the church ask at one of the coffee bars in the central square and they will arrange to call her. She will come and open the museum and church for you.
I wanted so much to visit this village because I wanted to see the Liberation Struggle Museum which was once a hide-out for 1955-59 EOKA fighters. I met the two heroes Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Maritsa Karaoli who had given refuge to these heroes those years. Part of their house is a Museum today. (The hideout of Gregoris Afxentiou).
Get to the top of the hill where the Monument of the Cypriot Mother is and which overlooks the region below. The views are panoramic from out there.
The local products of this village is the excellent smoked ham and spicy sausages in case you wish to buy.
Come to the village of Kyperounta and see the church of Timios Stavros and the Eclesiastical Museum.
The church of the (Holy Cross) as it is written in the English books, houses the eccelesiastical museum which contains icons and religious objects belonging to the village churches.
Outside there is a nice small garden that surrounds the church full of plants and herbs.
When we came here the church was closed but we asked for the man in charge who came and opened the church for us. (Give him a call if you plan to go).
It is in the heart of Pitsilia region with cool springs and a nice dry climate.
A summer resort for many Cypriots who want to avoid the heat of the big cities.
The village is known for some local products which are the Cypriot sausages, lountza, and hiromeri - smoked ham.
There is the rose factory here that I visited where one can buy aromatic rosewater and many other products sold directly from the factory.
There is the church of Panagia Eleousa, a Byzantine style church of the 19th century that you can visit if you wish.
The very small village of Potamitissa although it has no architecture style, and with very few inhabitants has become one of my favourite.
I have visited it twice in less than two months and I find peace and quiet out there.
It is the beautiful suround area and the lush vegetation, the view I have of the village probably from the hotel where I usually stay that makes it so beautiful. (Ambelikos hotel).
I can take both long and short walks. My long walk is towards the village of Pelendri and back.
I was there 2 weeks ago (March) and the trees were in full blossom and the whole atmosphere was magic. I could hear the gurlging of the water below and the singig of birds while walking.
If you want to relax and find some peace and quite, or if you want to do short trips to the nearby villages of Pitsilia or the Troodos resort, come here.
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The bigest and most beautiful resort with many walking paths around.
A paradise for those who want to walk and have an excursion.
It is extremely beautiful and what you hear while walking in the village is the gurgling of water and the singing of birds.
There is a bus from Limassol with just one euro that can take you up here and another euro to return. (See my tips)
Also a very nice tavern in the central of the village. I was there the previous week.
It is called "The village Restaurant".
The bigges and best know plus richest monastery in Cyprus!
It is dedicated to Virgin Mary and in the Monastery. The first President of Cyprus, Archibishop Makarios III served as a novice at this Monastery when young and his wish was to be burried at Throni.
"Throni" is a scenic location 3 kms west of the Monastery. There is a road that leads out there and it is really beautiful.
Don't be scared when you see the real huge statue made of bronze of Makarios when you get off the car! It is real huge and personally I am not very fond of it.
Don't miss visiting the Museum in Kykkos.
The Troodos Visitor Centre (200 sq.m) west of Troodos square - the Plateia called in Greek.
Get information about the Troodos National Park, the activities available, and any other general info you might need.
If you are driving to the Troodos mountain area, I definitely recommend you to visit a small cosy, very attractive village called Omodos. It is only appr. 22 kms away from Troodos, the highest area of whole Cyprus. The athmosphere in Omodos is very calm; almost lazy. It is a very attractive silent little village.
There is one square in the village and perhaps one or two "main streets" only. Yet you will find a place to buy refreshments or to have a lunch; or to buy some souvenirs. On the main square and street the local people sell handicraft and hand made clothes hanging outside.
This little place is well worth stopping and at least drinking something, eating an ice-cream, buying souvenirs and taking some beautiful pictures.
Troodos is the biggest mountain area of Cyprus, and it is located in the center of the island. Troodos' highest peak is Mount Olympus; it is 1,952 meters high. Up there you'll find snow even late in spring, perhaps even at summertime in some places.
A nice change to your beach or city holiday is to take a rental car and drive up to the mountains; cool down in the fresh mountain air. You can just wonder the beautiful nature around you or visit some of the churches or monasteries located in the area. Some of them are even listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Please note that the roads are very narrow in some places and caution is needed. I personally wouldn't drive there after daylight time as there often are no fences by the narrow mountain roads. Also in some places parts of the road might be totally missing or at least in bad condition.