Local Area & Walking

Agios Dimitrianos is a very small sleepy village with almost all of the housing constructed of local stone.  The village is sufficiently elevated above sea level to enjoy much lower levels of humidity and fewer insects than the coastal areas. 

The cottage is very close to the Paphos Forest (Special Protection Area) some 626 sq Km of virgin forest, streams and mountain scenery. Perfect for hiking and more leisurely walking. Also within a few minutes drive are the large reservoirs of Kannaviou and Evretou with extensive hiking trails. 20 minutes by car from the cottage is the Akamas national park of 79 sq Km , a seaside protected area with turtle beaches and the famous Avakas Gorge. This part of Cyprus is a rural area with hundreds of miles of tracks to wander. In Cyprus there is no law of trespass (unless an area is fenced or damage done). Visitors are free to wander as they please.

The nearest village with amenities is Polemi, only 3km away.  Here there are banks, ATMs, supermarkets, barbers, hairdressers, coffee shops, tavernas, winery and a bakery.  In the neighbouring village of Stroumbi, there is a butcher, supermarket, 24 hour fuel station, winery, as well as the area police station.

This is the wine growing area of Paphos and there are many wineries.  Several provide a sumptuous local meze lunch with free wine.

There are many very good tavernas and restaurants in the villages surrounding Agios Dimitrianos, serving high quality food at very reasonable prices.  In the cottage, there is a comprehensive list of the best tavernas and detailed directions to get to them.

Special festivals in the villages:

Greek (Orthodox) Easter - every village will have special celebrations centred around the church.

Polemi Tulip Festival - April.  Truly unique wild tulip fields, and celebrations led by local schoolchildren.

Wine festivals - August and September.  Large events, often with famous Greek singers/musicians, free wine tasting and other entertainment.

 

In season, help yourself to fruit overhanging the road, particularly grapes and figs.  Locals often bring free surplus produce to friendly tourists!