Welcome to Kalopanayiotis
The small village of Kalopanayiotis is situated in the Marathasa region, on the northern slopes of the Troodos Mountain Range, 700 meters above sea level. This beautiful village offers traditional architecture, thermal springs and luscious green valleys. The tiled rooftops, stunning balconies, quiet courtyards, cobblestone paths and ancient churches all contribute to the elegant setting. Kalopanayiotis is also famous for its thermal springs. The healing properties of these springs were famous in antiquity, when the Romans, Byzantines and Franks used to visit the village. The Setrachos River, along with numerous water-mills and natural springs provide a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.
Regeneration and revival
In recent years, the local authorities with the support of the Government and the European Union have initiated several regeneration projects in order to revive the village. For the authorities perceiving its rich architectural and cultural identity was a core aspect of the programme, and this is reflected in all the initiatives executed. For example an old school next to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis has been renovated and transformed into a museum. It now hosts an impressive collection of Byzantine art, ecclesiastical artefacts and antiques. The house of National Martyr Lavrentios is another example of sustainable regeneration at its best. This glorious building has been restored and converted into a cultural and conference centre for the community. Also a number of houses have been renovated into agri-tourism accommodation. For the local authorities, it was also important that the village regained its reputation as a great therapeutic center with healing springs. Today, the ancient spa village of Kalopanayiotis is a regenerated destination, ready to welcome guests from Cyprus and beyond. It is a place that combines sightseeing, nature, health and tradition, in a truly beautiful way.
- try soutzoukos, a local sweet made from grapes and almonds. Several shops in Kalopanayiotis sell this local delicacy
- visit the trout farm next to the Kalopanayiotis dam, where fishing is permitted
- enjoy a walk through the nature trail which leads to Kykkos Water Mill, a monument of 17th century which was recently renovated
- join a daily excursions – from Kalopanayiotis. There are traditional villages with small factories producing local products, monuments and museums and traditional restaurants