Eastwards

Admire some of the most beautiful sunsets in Cyprus from the village of Kinousa, or walk along the Limni jetty from where copper was brought down from the nearby mines and loaded onto ships for export. Cyprus gave its name to copper – Kipros in Greek and cuprum in Latin – due to the abundance and high quality of its copper.

The larger village of Argaka hidden in the hills has a mountain feel to it what with its winding streets and greenery with fig trees and citrus trees, the main source of vegetables for the island. Up into the hills is the dam of Argaka and nature trails with splendid views.

The village of Agia Marina is known for its ‘panigyri’, a traditional fair held in honour of the village’s namesake saint on the eve of 17 July, when a sunset procession towards the village church is held and the streets are strewn with flowers.

Further along the coast, the village of Gialia has the ruins of a Georgian Monastery nearby, known as Chrysogialiotissa, while Nea Dimmata is characterised by its red brick houses built during British rule of the island. Here the picturesque church of Profitis Elias perched on the top of the hill overlooking the sea, is very popular for weddings.

Pomos, with its dramatic rocky cliffs, has a picturesque little fishing shelter with a quiet pebbly beach, clear waters and fish restaurants overlooking the bay.

The famous prehistoric idol of Pomos, was found in this village, probably a fertility symbol, depicting a woman with widespread arms wearing a small copy of itself. It can be seen on the Cypriot one and two euro coins.

Pomos also has a museum of natural history showcasing rocks and fossils from various parts of Cyprus, as well as a collection of embalmed migratory birds.

A jazz festival with international artists is held in Pomos in the summer. Pachyammos is characterised by a long stretch of sandy beach and the church of Agios Rafael, one of the most important places for pilgrimage in Cyprus thanks to a miracle-working icon believed to have healing properties.