For those who wish to have a holiday where they can experience the “Real Cyprus”, then a holiday villa in the village of Episkopi is a perfect opportunity. This village sits within the valley of the River Ezousos, situated below a magnificent cliff top which offers stunning sea views. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, cycling or bird watching. Episkopi is a village with a traditional Cypriot feel and is full of friendly locals that will help to make your holiday in the village as authentic an experience as possible.
Episkopi is one of the hidden treasures of Cyprus. If you love exploring, walking or hiking, the village is the perfect base for you. In the immediate area of the village are lots of trails to follow and explore; the intrepid hiker will find a multitude of dilapidated water mills, crumbling old chapels, derelict villages and ruined bridges. These trails are also used for bird watching as there is a great abundance of wild birds to be spotted in the roaming countryside.
Visitors will love the Saint Ilarion Church which dates back to 1192. It is located a few kilometres away from the steep cliff that marks the entrance to the village. Close to the entrance is also a traditional stone drinking fountain with some impressive arches, which are a perfect subject for keen photographers or painters.
In the immediate area of Episkopi are several vineyards, where you will receive a warm welcome and some beautiful local wine to sample. You can buy a bottle to take back to your Episkopi villa, opening it to enjoy a glass as you watch the wonderful Cyprus sunset.
If you wish to take a break and venture further a field than your Episkopi villa, then a day trip to Limassol is an absolute must. Situated about 30 miles to the southeast of Episkopi, Limassol is the second largest city on the island of Cyprus. If you visit Limassol though, you must be aware that there is also a little village called Episkopi here too; make sure you take the right road to get back to your Episkopi villa!
Limassol Castle should be your first port of call. Located at the harbour of the city, this 14th century castle towers over the sea on the site of an original Byzantine castle. Within its walls is a medieval museum, crammed with historical and interesting artefacts. Limassol Castle is also known to be the place where the Crusader Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre.
For those who seek a bit more activity, venture on down to Evdimou Beach. This stretch of sandy shore is perfect for a spot of sunbathing. Water activities such as swimming, jet skiing and parasailing are also available.
Between the months of May and October, visitors can bask in glorious sunshine in Episkopi. Temperatures regularly reach 25°C during the summer months and this allows holiday-makers to take advantage of the range of outdoor activities available. During the winter months the temperature rarely falls below 9°C and small showers of rain are usually present from November to March. Holiday-makers do not have to venture far from their Episkopi villa to enjoy the delights of indoor activities until the rain stops!
Episkopi is located approximately 25 minute’s journey from Paphos International Airport (PRO). Many operators including British Airways, easyJet, BMI and Thomas Cook Airways all offer flights into Paphos on a regular basis. Flights from airports such as Birmingham (BHX), Manchester (MAN), Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Edinburgh (EDI) are available.