For those who just want to enjoy the beauty of the mountains there is a two hour circular nature trail called ‘Ariadne’ at nearby Yerakies. The Kalopanayiotis reservoir is one of the largest in Cyprus and has a trout. Many local fishermen and fishing enthusiasts enjoy fishing in such a spectacular location. The monastery of Ayios Ioannis Lampadistou is open May – September daily 08.00 – 1.00 p.m. and 2.00-6.00 p.m. and at other times, the key is available from the priest in the village. The monastery’s Panayiri (festival) is held in early October Kalopanayiotis is a great place to visit whilst on your Cyprus holiday, perhaps combined with a visit to the Troodos mountains. Why not visit the official Kalopanayiotis website here.
Kalopanayiotis Mountain Village When the first tourists to Cyprus arrived in the 1920s they didn’t head for the beaches but instead the cool clear air of the mountains. The mountain resorts of Platres, Pedhoulas and Kalopanayiotis flourished and became popular mountain resorts until the 1960s. Although a mountain village, Kalopanayiotis is technically in the Nicosia district of Cyprus. The Mayor of Kalopanayiotis, Yiannikis Papadouris, is keen to re-establish the village as a popular destination and using European and state funds the roads are being improved, self-catering facilities created along with a spa and new restaurants at a cost of over €15 million. Kalopanayiotis stands at an altitude of 700 metres in the Marathasa valley which is well known for its excellent fruit – particularly cherries. The village has long been known for the healing powers of its sulphur springs. The village was visited bySaints Paul and Barnabas who are said to have baptised their guide Agios Herakleidios there in AD45. He later became the first bishop of Cyprus and today a stone tablet marks the spot! Some years later, the sulphur springs were discovered and many believe the place to be holy as the waters are credited with special healing powers. Kalopanayiotis developed as a small spa village and became popular with pilgrims who were travelling across the mountains to Kykkos monastery. Kalopanayiotis also draws many visitors because of the large monastery of Ayios Ioannis Lampadistou which stands across the valley. The monastery is one of the ten painted churches of the Troodos listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The monastery was founded because of the sulphur springs and was dedicated to John Lampadistis who was a young monk who died. One day a man with epilepsy touched the young monk’s grave and was miraculously cured and the news spread quickly and since then the tomb has been credited with special healing powers and visited by many. At the edge of the monastery car park there are stone cut steps that lead down to the river where the Saints Paul and Barnabas baptised Herakleidios.