Kakopetria is a town in Cyprus located 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of the capital, Nicosia, on the north facing foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It stands at an altitude of 667 metres and it is the highest village in the Solea Valley.
The community has about 1,200 permanent inhabitants and about 200 more who either have a summer house or are originally from Kakopetria but work in Nicosia. Near Kakopetria there is a church from the 11th century, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in the Troodos mountain range, in the Solea Valley of the Lefkosia (Nicosia) region, the town of Kakopetria can be reached from Lefkosia by following the route E901, then the B10, and finally the B9.
This magnificent picturesque village is a popular summer resort, thanks to its charming character and breathtaking scenery of pine forests that stretch across the Karkotis Valley. As such, it is ideal for agritourism. The old quarter of the village - with its narrow, stone-paved alleys - has been declared a protected heritage site, and its two-storey houses with their wooden balconies have been restored. The village also has several other interesting sights, including the Linos Museum and Olive Mill museum. The watermill ‘Mylos tis Gonias’ used to grind barley and grain from 1754. It closed down after the Second World War, and was restored in 1980, as an attraction for knowledgeable and interested visitors.
During the month of April and November visitors are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). The hottest season / summer is in May, June, July, August, September and October. Kakopetria has dry periods in June, July, August and September. The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 36°C (96°F). The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 15°C (41°F).
As far as it concerns its vegetation, except of its forests and green valley that surrounds it, fruit-bearing trees (mainly apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach, and cherry trees), vegetables (mainly potatoes and tomatoes), vines (of table and wine-making varieties), and a few cereals are cultivated in its area. Kakopetria is especially known for the quality of its apples around the world.
In a scenery between Troodos and Morphou, Kakopetria could be an inspiration for artists with its beauty and deep-rooted culture. It combines both mountain and valley with as a result to offer a wide variety of activities, potential and business opportunities, especially in terms of tourism.
Amenities and facilities:
Kakopetria, has historically been the cultural ‘Capital’ of Solea region, because of the abundance of historical, religious and natural sites. Therefore, it has an above average level of infrastructure, services and facilities in place for both residents and visitors. The resort also has a long reputation as a tourist destination and caters for this role accordingly with accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activities.
Although Kakopetria is a small town, it has very good infrastructure and facilities for locals and tourists alike and is able to meet the demands of a diverse range of visitors with varied requirements.
• Facilities in the town include: hospital, kindergarten, post office, police station, fire station, bank branches, petrol station, churches, Cyprus Tourism Organization Office, Electricity Authority of Cyprus and the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority.
• A public hall housed in the traditional building offers a venue for various events.
• The resort has three operational hotels and numerous individually promoted agritourism guest houses with a combined capacity for about 500 people. There are many traditional taverns and cafes to cater for guests of these establishments.
• As a mainly cultural destination, including gastronomical trips, Kakopetria has different museums, churches as well as well known restaurants.
• Kakopetria is known to be the house of a world-famous butter sauce trout that attracts thousands of visitors who are interested in culinary arts.
• A few popular nature trails start in Kakopetria. The trails range from 1km to 10km and traverse through the mountainous pine forests and its valley plains, encountering streams with stone made bridges and historical statues on route.
• Kakopetria is also known for its high-level cuisine when it comes to traditional sweets, something that has been a point of interest for visitors around Europe.
Possibilities and Opportunities:
Kakopetria has traditionally been a popular tourist destination, especially among Cypriots as well as western Europeans. The market can potentially be boosted though by reimagining the tourist product, backed-up by the opportunities offered by Kakopetria developed infrastructure and natural resources. Kakopetria and its surrounding environment have much potential to benefit from the surge in special interest tourism that has been noted internationally in recent years. The concept of special interest or alternative tourism emphasizes personal enrichment, learning, authenticity and active participation and include nature-based tourism, cultural tourism and culinary tourism.
Nature-based tourism (Ecotourism)
• The natural environment is an important point. Tourists engage in activities ranging from exploring the unspoiled natural environment, studying flora and flora, to various outdoor activities (often specifically those practiced by locals). The local natural hiking and cycling trails, are interconnected in certain points, allowing the visitors to customize their trails of preference and maximize their experiences.
• Kakopetria is an ideal venue for many of the activities falling within this category, including: hiking, cycling, picnicking, birdwatching and many more.
• A region is visited to experience its unique ethnic and religious characteristics. Tourists seek to observe how locals live, work, play and interact with their natural environments. Local cuisine, art and music are integral to the experience.
• Traditional village and rural life can be observed in Kakopetria and neighboring villages. Visitors could sample local produce, e.g. wine and hand-crafted bread with olive oil, and perhaps get involved in the production process. Cultural events/festivals involving local food/beverage, music and other performances are regularly arranged to attract locals and foreigners alike.
• Kakopetria is fmous for its historical churches on of which (Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis) is protected by Unesco – Built in th 11th century.
• Metamorphosis tou Sotiros church, built in 1520, Panayia Theotokos built in 1514 and Agios Georgios Perachoritis built in 1520, can also be visited and studied by interested crowds.
• Kakopetria possesses also museums, such as Linos who specializes in traditional wine, bread and olive oil making as well as Elyomylos specializing in olive oil making.
Historical and Special interest Tourism
• Visitors can examine the ‘Old Stone Mill’ using hydropower for milling barley and other cereals in the past, built by monks of the region.
• Cyprus’s unique hydropower station built and used back in 1926 can be visited and examined, as a traditional form of Renewable Energy Resources and example of sustainability.
• Kakopetria is home of various heroes that fought against the British Monarchy in the 50s’. Kakopetria was also a main stage of activities of the resistance and in the natural trails of Kakopetria people can visit the legendary hideouts of the people that gave Cyprus its independence in 1959. The guerilla tactics used by the EOK fighters are until today used as example and examined in prestigious military schools around the world.
In addition to the traditional tourist makeup, Platres has plenty of potential for attracting more visitors through special interest tourism. The range and diversity of potential activities on offer cover all the seasons, which could stabilize the market throughout the year and reduce the seasonality of tourism revenues.
Kakopetria is an extremely promising investment region presenting many opportunities, because of the unexploited potential and the investment prices that are generally based on current data and not on the real potential that could be applied and that is boosted as we speak through local and regional efforts. Kakopetria is one of the few towns that survived smoothly the crisis of 2013 and one of the places that properties maintained their value even during recession.
With a history in wine making dating back to the Bronze age, Cyprus has been in the forefront of wine production for over 5,000 years. The Mediterranean climate and the fertile slopes of the Troodos mountain range created the ideal environment for vineyards to blossom. The development of indigenous varieties as well as the cultivation of other grape varieties, warrants the creation of exquisite wine.
Found at the heart of the Troodos mountain region, is a cluster of picturesque villages engulfed in lush forests and offering majestic views. The Lemesos (Limassol) Mountain Resort region, has to offer numerous opportunities for adventure, relaxation and everything in between. Step into adventure with one of the many networks of nature trails, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, or explore the region with mountain biking along cycling routes.
The fresh mountain air filling your lungs, the gushing waters winding through the mountains and the towering verdant peaks awaken the desire for an adventure unlike the rest. Whether it’s a fun filled family excursion, an adventure with the pals, an experience with your colleagues or a fund day out with your special someone the Troodos mountains promise an action packed day that you will remember for days to come.
With a favourable climate all year round, the great outdoors of the island is easily accessible, and offers a myriad of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous sign posted paths and nature trails. A total of 22 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island.
Troodos offers an opportunity to get some fresh air and explore nature on a bike! As a Mediterranean island it is blessed with sunshine throughout the year and stays shy of headwinds, making the mountain region a biker’s paradise. Within a distance of 10 km, explore rapid changes in terrain and scenery, from rocky to clay and steep to flat. Find a number of bike centers dotted throughout the island offering rental service, route information, guide, assistance and support.
One of the first chosen lands the Apostles chose to spread the message of Christianity, Cyprus has deep religious roots. Being incorporated in the Classical Roman Empire and the Eastern Byzantine Empire, the island had many Byzantine monuments worth visiting. Ten of them are of such great importance and historic significance they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List added in 1985. Churches dating from the 11th to 17th century can be found in the Troodos mountain range.
The gorgeous green wilderness of Troodos, nurtures some magnificent waterfalls. They may be rather small in size compared to those found in the rest of the world, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful. What’s more, you often have to make your way through some magnificent nature trails to get to them, as you’re given the chance to really experience the wild thick of things in the real rugged heart of the island.
Kalopanayiotis village was neglected with many run-down buildings. To inject life back into the village, a returning resident, with the help of EU funding, constructed a 29-room boutique hotel in an old neighbourhood and refurbished many of the surrounding traditional stone houses. A restaurant, bar, coffee shop, sauna, spa and wellness centre were added as amenities.
The abandoned old mill of Kakopetria village was purchased and restored, extensive renovations were made and a new stone building was constructed in the traditional style of the surrounding old village to establish the Mill Restaurant and the Mill Hotel. The Mill Restaurant and Hotel have been operational since 1987 and 1999 respectively and continue to attract scores of visitors to the town of Kakopetria.