Some 33km northeast of Pafos town is the well known village of Panayia. Built of stone in an area of wild, mountainous character with steep slopes, Panayia is 850m above sea level.
A large area of the village forms part of the evergreen Pafos forest, a source of fresh, clean air the visitor will find quite unique. The village was of course named Panayia after the Virgin Mary who is greatly honoured and worshiped in the area. The surrounding area is in fact dominated by historical churches and monasteries, such as the Ayios Nicolaos Monastery (said to have been built by the saint himself), the Monastery of Chrysoroyiatissa, the church of Ayios Georgios, to name but a few. The quiet and hospitable villagers involve themselves with wine-making, cultivating vineyards, raising livestock and poultry.
Look out for the Makarios III Cultural Centre, the family house of the Ethnarch and the village wine-making. Make sure you walk the beautiful nature paths in the forest.
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