Platres: What is actually the origin of the name of the village that was loved by kings and aristocrats?

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Platres is one of the 119 villages in Cyprus that has been mentioned since the 12th century. Its history dates back centuries, while its name has been made famous by the lyrics of Nobel prize-winning poet, Giorgos Seferis.

The village of Platres, however, was not admired merely by the Greek poet, but also by dozens of other important figures worldwide. It is, after all, the oldest holiday resort on the island, and it is where the first luxury hotels and villas were built. As well-known as the village is, the origin of its name is actually unknown to most people.

There are 3 versions as to how the name Platres came about:

1) “Platra” and its plural “Platres” comes from the word ‘platra’ (pratria), which is an ancient Greek word meaning a woman who weaves and sells farmers’ fabrics.

2) In the French language, the word “plâtres” means white plaster. According to some information, when the Francs ruled Cyprus, there was a monastery on the southern side of Troodos, over the area where Platres village is located today. The monks were called “Plâtres”, because they were dressed all in white.

3) The village is named after the word “platsa” (a Greek Cypriot idiomatic word for an open area or square), which then became Platra and eventually Platres.

*Platres is part of the Mobilitas European Network, encouraging alternative transportation via trails, bicycle routes and public transportation.