Explore life in mountain villages in Cyprus and taste wonderful mezze

High up in the Troodos Mountains, time seems to have stood still.

The village of Omodos is a rustic Cypriot gem, a jumble of weathered stone houses with carved wooden balconies, narrow cobbled streets and an ancient monastery.

Stay in one of the Asimina Suites in Paphos and then explore smaller villages

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Stay in one of the Asimina Suites in Paphos and then explore smaller villagesCredit:

The inviting white awnings of the many tavernas that line the sun-bleached streets are ready and waiting to tempt you with delightful mezze.

We had strolled the streets, stopped to admire the Greek Orthodox Church and sampled Cypriot wines in the bustling village square.

And we hit the jackpot when we spotted the checkered tablecloths outside the Black Geese tavern.

The meze included all the favourites, from succulent lamb chops and fragrant sausages to a fantastic wine stew and moussaka, all washed down with local wines pressed from the grapes of the mountain vineyards that we could see from the terrace.

Don’t miss the opportunity to go in and down to their wine cellar – with a huge selection of local drinks as well as whiskeys and cigars.

Exploring the hilltop villages and wineries was the highlight of our day – a chance to escape the heat of the coast and breathe in the fresh mountain air while exploring inland with its verdant forests, vineyards and breathtaking views.

The village of Omodos showcases the authenticity of life in lesser known parts of Cyprus

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The village of Omodos showcases the authenticity of life in lesser known parts of CyprusPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Our guide Alexia had previously shown us the spectacular archaeological site of Kourion.

The well-preserved ruins reveal an entire Roman settlement, but the most incredible part is the Roman theater, which is still used for performances to this day.

At the Ktima Gerolemo winery on the outskirts of Omodos, our charismatic host, Charilaos, refilled glasses with six superb local wines while we admired the view over the vineyards.

Of course, Cyprus’ coastline is just as fascinating – and we had the perfect base.

The fabulous 5H Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites in Paphos sits next to a palm fringed beach and you know you’re offering something special as soon as you step into the lobby.

There is no need to queue at reception to check in and you will be escorted to a beautiful lounge and given a glass of champagne while you go through the formalities.

Our room was just as a hit. It’s an all suite hotel and ours had a special touch – a terrace and infinity plunge pool overlooking the main pool.

Not all rooms come with this fantastic addition, but they’re all very spacious, with marble bathrooms and large balconies, and most overlook the beautiful main pool area and beach.

The two freshwater pools are surrounded by plush loungers — and if you’re in a room with a plunge pool, you get free access to beachfront cabanas.

When you’re ready for a dip in the sea, the hotel’s small pier that juts out into the lagoon is a great place to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

You can even request a romantic dinner for two there.

The main restaurant, Estia, offers a rich buffet breakfast and themed dinners with the option of al fresco dining. There’s also al fresco lunch by the pool, as well as an a la carte restaurant for dinner.

But our favorite was Kymata, right on the sea. It offers Mediterranean specialties with excellent service and a great view.

Also drive to Paphos

The superb cuisine then continued after we set out to explore Paphos on our own.

We spent a morning at the Paphos Archaeological Park, where sites and monuments from the 4th BC to the Middle Ages.

Most notable are the intricate mosaic floors of four Roman villas depicting scenes from Greek mythology.

We had lunch nearby at Theos fish restaurant right on the port. Popular with locals, it serves up treats fresh from the sea, including grilled lobster and squid and sea bream – all served with vegetables cooked to perfection.

At night. We soaked up the lively atmosphere of Paphos Old Town.

Whilst there is plenty of choice and great value drinks in the classic Bar Street, head further into the beautifully renovated Old Town and discover some really cool cocktail bars in the alleys and alleys where the locals chill.

Favorites included Mr Tippler, with its craft beers and beautiful courtyard – and the ultra-modern Soho 79.

We celebrated the end of a great week by returning to one of our favorite restaurants in Paphos.

St. George’s Tavern serves endless meze dishes – each one grown, dried or pickled by owner George and his family.

They’ll keep bringing you help after help with great seasonal creations – and only stop when you’ve finally lost and can’t take it anymore.

It’s good value at around 25 euros per person – but make sure you don’t get tired of the delicious homemade bread and dips, as there’s plenty more to come.

Our week in Cyprus delivered on all fronts – a fantastic hotel, great food and drink and the best of both coast and countryside.

Grab a bite at a cafe in Omodos and enjoy the laid-back way of life

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Grab a bite at a cafe in Omodos and enjoy the laid-back way of lifeCredit: Alamy

GO: Cyprus

COVID: No restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors. Unvaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide a certificate of recovery from Covid, take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure and then take another PCR test on arrival and self self-isolate until you get the result, usually within three hours.

ARRIVAL / STAY: Seven nights B&B in a Junior Suite B&B at the 5H Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel is priced from £1,049 per person, including flights from Gatwick in May and private transfers.

To book call 01924 380 160 or visit us asimina-cbh.com.

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