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Kyperounda

Location

At the foot of the Madari mountain range, one may find the beautiful, picturesque village of Kyperounda. It is the largest mountain village in Cyprus, with a current population of approximately 1500. The village falls under the geographical region of Pitsilia, and is adjacent to the Troodos mountain range. It is located just 43 kilometers north of Limassol, and 78 kilometers from Nicosia, right at the border of the 2 provinces. It has an altitude of 1200 meters and is situated in a valley and surrounded by the mountains of Troodos, Papoutsas, and Madari. 

Traditionally, the livelihood of the residents of Kyperounda was agriculture. They cultivated vineyards and grew their own fruit trees and vegetables. Surrounded by orchards with every type of tree (peach, plum, cherry, almond, walnut, apple and pear trees), the village produces approximately one third of the local apples and pears sold in Cyprus. The traditional products for which the village is famous include wine, traditional smoked meats, fresh fruit, apple cider vinegar, local sweets and jams (mainly from apples), as well as liqueurs in various flavors and aromas.

History – Name

The name of the village likely comes from ‘Cyperus Rotunus,’ a local weed that grows in the area, which is also used as a main ingredient in animal feed. The founding of the village possibly dates back to the Byzantine era. This is evidenced by the mention of its name in a series of folk songs from the 9th to the 11th century. There is, however, archaeological evidence which suggests that the area had been inhabited since the Hellenistic period. Specifically, three tombs were excavated dating back to the Roman period. 

Good to know:
Kyperounda is a village surrounded by the island’s 3 tallest mountain peaks: Troodos, Madari, and Papoutsa. The valley in which the village is built is, essentially, a protected, climate-controlled area which enjoys cool, dry summers. These conditions are what led to the creation of a sanatorium there, which now houses the Regional Hospital.

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Square

The village square dates back to the years of British occupation, and was renovated in the 1990s. Today, it houses a couple of coffee shops, both traditional and modern, which welcome village residents and visitors daily. 

The traditional core of the village, with its cobblestone streets and stone-built houses with tiled roofs, is what makes up Kyperounda’s picturesque setting. These winding streets around the main square are ideal for exploring the village on foot.

The Regional Primary School is also located in the village, and it is attended by dozens of children from nearby villages. The area is also home to a kindergarten, a nursing home, and a childcare center. One of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the community is the large football field, where second and third division football games are frequently played.

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The Kyperounda hospital

Thanks to Kyperounda’s ideal climate, the British Colonial Empire chose this village for the creation of a Sanatorium. The Sanatorium was constructed at the village entrance, in a green forested area, and was used to treat patients with respiratory or pulmonary diseases. The Sanatorium has since been converted into the Regional Hospital of the area, currently covering the needs of a dozen or so villages in the Limassol and Nicosia mountain regions.

Good to know:
The bulky and impressive stone building next to the hospital is a typical example of colonial architecture. This building was erected to accommodate the nurses who looked after patients at the Sanatorium.

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Churches

Church of Saint Arsenios: This chapel is a recreation of an Early Christian Revival design typical of churches constructed in the 5th and 6th Century in Cyprus, the ruins of which can still be seen in ancient cities such as Salamis, Amathus, Akrotiri, and others. The church covers an area of 1200 square meters and boasts a total of 730 pews for visitors. It features three aisles and 124 colonnades topped with Corinthian-style marbles which, in combination with the carved plinths, create an imposing presence.

Church of Saint Marina: The church, dedicated to the patron saint of the village, is located in the Kyperounda central square. It is the only three-aisled basilica with a timber roof, built in the 13th century and renovated in the 18th century.

Church of the Virgin and Savior: This is a two-story church which, under Venetian rule, operated as both a Catholic and Orthodox temple. In its present form it is a two-aisled church with a timber roof, as is tradition with churches in mountainous regions, dating back to the 18th century.  

Chapel of the Holy Cross: This small, single-aisled church has adorned the area since the years of Frankish occupation. It is Kyperounda’s most ancient church, and is located just steps away from the central square, making it a beautiful place to stop and explore on a sightseeing walk.

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Museums

Museum of Natural History and Rural Life: Housed in an old restored home in the center of the village, the museum comprises 3 rooms on the ground floor and 3 more on the first floor all of which showcase the furniture and daily heirlooms used by residents of the village at the beginning of last century and beyond.

Museum of the EOKA struggle of ’55 – ‘99: The museum is part of an old, renovated stone-built house in which the original owner had built a hideout where fugitive rebels once hid from British soldiers.

Good to know:
In times of war, Kyperounda had always been a village with a strong fighting instinct, and many of its locals had fought in both the First and Second World Wars. The participation of its residents in the national independence struggle of ’55 – ’59 was vital to the outcome of the war, and many lost their lives in battle.

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Kyperounda picnic site

Just a short distance from the village, beneath the rich foliage of the plane trees and surrounded by artificial babbling brooks, one may find the Kyperounda picnic site. This idyllic location is perfect for a day spent in nature relaxing, taking walks, playing games and having picnics. During the summer months, an open air refreshment area offers food and drinks to visitors. 

The area is partitioned by a 20-meter imported sequoia tree, which forms an imposing sight among the endemic plane trees surrounding it. Another such tree can also be found in the village square, where it is even more impressive, especially during the holiday months when it is lit up for Christmas and New Year’s.

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Various tributaries and streams cross the village, creating small valleys of plane trees and other greenery which thrive near the water. The valley near the Kyperounda excursion grounds, due to its proximity to the underground water, has a temperature that is up to two degrees lower than the rest of the village, both in winter and in summer.

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Nature Trails

A series of impressive, winding nature trails begins in Kyperounda just a few meters from the Adventure Mountain Park, on the border of the 2 districts, Nicosia and Limassol. These lead up to the top of Madari, following a footpath that passes through a beautiful, evergreen forest of pine trees and endemic bushes. That same spot is also the starting point of the Glory to God trail.

There are also 2 trails within the village, one of which begins opposite the Livadeia hotel, and the other next to the community parking area, across the tavern Kyperia.

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Αdventure Mountain Park

This theme park, located near the Madari nature trail, is surrounded by the area’s natural beauty. Adventure Mountain Park offers a plethora of activities for all ages. From rock climbing to paint ball and even ice skating, there are activities for everyone to help foster team spirit and collaboration. Once the games are over, visitors can enjoy a traditional Cypriot lunch at the warm, cozy restaurant on the premises.

Contact number: 99 674 126.

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Kyperounda Winery

The Kyperounda Winery is located in an idyllic spot on a hill overlooking the entire village, across from the Saint Arsenios Church. It is one of the most famous wineries of Cyprus, and produces award-winning wines that are globally recognized. Its biggest asset is the altitude of its vineyards which, at 1400 meters, are the highest in Europe.

To visit the winery and sample its wines, you may make an appointment over the phone on 25 532 043 and 99 589 612.

Good to know:
Kyperounda is a destination for all seasons. Thanks to its unique natural environment, visitors can enjoy the distinctiveness of each season, from the vivid greenery of the spring and summer months, to the brown, red and gold autumn foliage, and even snow in the wintertime. No matter the season, there is always something special to see and experience.

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Accommodation

The traditional guesthouse which was created to accommodate people visiting patients at the Sanatorium has since evolved into a modern, mountain lodging called Hotel Leivadia (25 532 929, 25 532 828), preserving its traditional architecture where wood and stone elements dominate. The agrotourism lodgings of “Kato Chorio” (99 812 166) are located a few steps from the main square of the village and offer  one or two-bedroom apartments or studios, with modern yet simple décor, set in restored, traditional two-story houses.

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Dining

The Kyperia Restaurant (99 358 167) offers Cypriot cuisine and delicious local wine in a traditional, two-story, stone-built house which offers warmth by way of a wood-burning stove in the winter, and a cool breeze on its balcony during the summer. The Tavern ‘To Giofiri’ (The Bridge) (25 530 018)is located just a few steps from main square of the village and serves delectable traditional dishes.

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Drinks

Just behind the Kyperia Restaurant is the Kyperia Bar (99 358 167). One of the area’s popular nightlife options, it also hosts live music nights for village residents and visitors. In fact, Kyperounda is a village which hosts a number of youth-driven activities. For this reason, the Youth Center café, located opposite the main village square, is a popular meeting place for snacks and coffee (25 532 600). Also in the central square is the traditional café ‘Plateia,’ (99 402 990) a good place to stop for Cypriot coffee, soft drinks and sweets.

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Events

Apple Festival: Every weekend in October, the village hosts a large, two-day festival, one of the largest to take place in the Limassol countryside. The event, which showcases local products and also hosts cultural performances, attracts thousands of people from across the island.

Kyperounda Festival: On the first weekend of August, Kyperounda celebrates with residents, settlers, and summertime vacationers.

Children’s Festival: Every second weekend in August, a two-day event dedicated to children offers activities and fun for all ages.

Christmas Village: At the end of December, the central square of Kyperounda village is transformed into a wonderful Christmas village, with a Santa’s grotto and kiosks with traditional products.

April 1st celebrations: Cyprus-wide participation in the revival of customs unique to the community.

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