St John Lampadistis Monastery

St John Lampadistis Monastery
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From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

You'll drive into the countryside, visiting Lampadistis Monastery in Kalopanayiotis, and enjoying a few pleasant surprises in rustic villages in between. Nefeli, one of our local guides, says, ‘Arsos is the sort of village where you see old men playing 'tavli' – backgammon – in coffee shops.' First up is Platanisteia – a small village famed for its printmaking museum. After finding out about the history of the island's print industry, we'll visit the medieval Tzelefos Bridge – it's a standout selfie spot deep in the middle of woodland. Then, it's on to the village of Kalopanayiotis. It's sprawled over a remote valley dissected by a picturesque stream. You'll drop into a traditional family-run taverna for a lunch made from locally sourced ingredients. The highlight of the day is the village's Monastery of St John Lampadistis. Nefeli says, ‘Its Byzantine frescoes are so exquisite that UNESCO has listed them as world heritage.' The murals, which date as far back as the 14th century, are highly refined and very well-preserved. Admission fees to the monastery, which are included, go to its upkeep. Apart from a trio of churches to amble around, there are monastic buildings, including cells, auxiliary rooms and an oil press. And before heading back to the resort, you'll be able to sample some local wines in a typical Troodos Mountains winery.

St John Lampadistis Monastery: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

You'll drive into the countryside, visiting Lampadistis Monastery in Kalopanayiotis, and enjoying a few pleasant surprises in rustic villages in between. Nefeli, one of our local guides, says, ‘Arsos is the sort of village where you see old men playing 'tavli' – backgammon – in coffee shops.' First up is Platanisteia – a small village famed for its printmaking museum. After finding out about the history of the island's print industry, we'll visit the medieval Tzelefos Bridge – it's a standout selfie spot deep in the middle of woodland. Then, it's on to the village of Kalopanayiotis. It's sprawled over a remote valley dissected by a picturesque stream. You'll drop into a traditional family-run taverna for a lunch made from locally sourced ingredients. The highlight of the day is the village's Monastery of St John Lampadistis. Nefeli says, ‘Its Byzantine frescoes are so exquisite that UNESCO has listed them as world heritage.' The murals, which date as far back as the 14th century, are highly refined and very well-preserved. Admission fees to the monastery, which are included, go to its upkeep. Apart from a trio of churches to amble around, there are monastic buildings, including cells, auxiliary rooms and an oil press. And before heading back to the resort, you'll be able to sample some local wines in a typical Troodos Mountains winery.

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I had a great time with this Kykkos tour. I was planning to join with my friend, but he was feeling sick in the morning, and I had to participate alone. But I was never bored. Marina, the guide, explained a lot of the Cypriot history, culture, society, and politics, which was a great fun. The streets in the mountain villeges were incredibly narrow, but Ektras showed an excellent driving skill and I enjoyed the whole trip. The tomb of the first president Makarios is a must-see.

Chris was amusing, gave us masses if information about every aspect of Cypriot life. His explanation in the monastery was very detailed.