ROUTE 3 PAFOS, ACHELEIA, KOUKLIA, NIKOKLEIA, CHOLETRIA, STAVROKONNOU, KELOKEDARA, SALAMIOU, MESANA, ARMINOU, FILOUSA, PRAITORI, AGIOS NIKOLAOS, KEDARES, AGIOS GEORGIOS, MAMONIA, FASOULA
This itinerary takes us eastwards from the city of Pafos and among many other things covers the three fertile valleys of the rivers Ezousa, Xeros and Diarizos. After a coastal run at sea level, we shall climb the southwestern foothills of the Troodos mountain range, observing the flowing course of the River Diarizos, crossing it several times. We are going to traverse an elongated circuit, with fourteen mountain villages en route, with, during the course of our trip, visits to two small, but interesting regional wineries.
We shall discover the places where a Goddess, the pre-Christian Venus of Pafos, was worshipped and is, so it is said, devoutly worshipped until now by some. There are unusual and interesting rock formations to wonder at, too, in the Mamonia area. Life has gone on here for millennia in these fertile valleys. Hints are everywhere of its continuity and its customs, but no accurate historical documentation exists. Yet each succeeding kilometre reveals pictures, scents and sounds of the circle of fertility.
With every little look into of the surroundings, discoveries and monuments attest to its worship. Venus passes on her influence to the Virgin Mary, mother of today’s faithful.
Red varieties: Mavro, Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko, Lefkada, Carignan, Mataro, Oellade, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante B., Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot
White varieties: Xynisteri, Palomino, Chardonnay, Sultanα, Malaga
· “LAGRIA” Winery - “Xynisteri”
· “NELION WINERY”- red Cinsault
For more information and details for this Route, Wineries and Places of Interest please visit http://media.visitcyprus.com/media/eBrochures/High/wine_booklet_eng_lrg.pdf
Source: Cyprus Tourism Organisation