Southwards

Go up into the hills south of Polis for a fantastic view of the bay, as well as of the Evretou dam. For a glimpse into what life was like in a Cypriot village, visit the Village Life museum at Steni, where there’s an open market on the third Sunday of every month. See the traditional fountains at Lyso which used to be the centre of village life in the past as people went there to fill up with drinking water that comes from a spring in the mountain. Near Pelathousa the 15th century church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Horteni) is also worth a visit. Don’t miss the Byzantine museum in the Holy Bishopric at Peristerona, which has one of the largest collections of icons dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries, wood carved artefacts associated with the religious ceremonies, silver and metal artefacts, as well as textiles such as 18th and 19th century priests’ vestments and episcopal robes. Rare books and manuscripts are also on display.