Nestling on the Laona Plateau in the Paphos region of western Cyprus is Miliou, one of the island’s smallest yet most beautiful islands, set among vineyards, citrus groves and almond trees. It’s unspoilt countryside and stunning mountain vistas make it a most delightful rural setting.
A trip through the village gives a glimpse of rural Cypriot life, where traditional looms are used to make cloth and the whole community centres around the local coffee shop.
A walk on the wild side
If you like to ramble through the countryside, Miliou has a spectacular show of blooming flowers during the springtime when the village is surrounded by the aroma of the surrounding pines and lemon groves.
The village is also a popular nesting site for nightingales and an ideal spot for bird watchers, particularly in spring and autumn when the main bird migrations take place.
Relax and unwind
The area is also supplied with an abundance of natural spring waters, and adjacent to the springs is the site of the ancient Ayii Anargyri monastery. Built in 1649, it’s believed to be one of the oldest on the island and the site is now home to a natural healing spa resort.
The Ayii Anargyri spa has a boutique hotel with room for 150 guests – that’s more than the entire population of Miliou – a swimming pool and luxury spa that makes the most of the region’s mineral rich waters. All this makes it the perfect place to get away for some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
A taste of Cyprus
If you really want to get a taste of authentic Cypriot cuisine, Miliou has some fantastic taverns and restaurants that offer some of the island’s best traditional dishes all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Pangratios restaurant is a perfectly rustic, family-run taverna situated in the town square that serves up possibly the best Cypriot meze you’ll ever taste. The comfortable and romantic setting also makes it the perfect spot for a quiet glass of wine or two.
If it’s a good but inexpensive evening out you’re after, Petroula Christodoulou offers a range of local delicacies, including mouth-watering fish dishes and vegetarian platters.
Just outside the village is Aphrodite’s Rock Brewery, serving up some fantastic dishes to perfectly complement the freshly-brewed ale and hand-pulled cider – and make sure you try the tasting paddle.
Action and adventure
If you fancy some adventure, take a short trip away from the village for horse riding, buggying and quad biking through the scenic countryside.
Eagle Mountain Ranch is located about eight miles from the Ayii Anargyri spa resort and is a family-run riding school that caters for every level of rider – the sunset ride and picnic is an absolute must.
Or if you prefer more high-octane adventure, Chris Andreou is the name for buggy, jeep and quad bike safaris. Take the extreme quad safari from Coral Bay for an all-day round trip of some of the island’s most beautiful and historic landmarks with enough twists and turns to keep even the most experienced rider happy.
Even a trip to this tiniest of rural villages can open your eyes to a world of Cypriot culture, cuisine and adventure. What are you waiting for?