Cyprus Small Villages - Frenaros and Liopetri
Duration: Half Day
There are a number of picturesque villages located within an easy drive from Agia Napa, many of which boast cosy taverns, interesting churches and beautiful island scenery. This tour will enable you to explore the Byzantine churches in the quaint village of Frenaros before visiting the pretty fishing village of Liopetri, famous for its wine and hand-woven baskets. For those seeking history and culture during a holiday in Cyprus, this fascinating village tour will give you a wonderful insight into the island’s archeological treasures and the traditional lives of the local people.
Located on the south-east side of the beautiful island of Cyprus, in the historic Famagusta province, Frenaros is a small, peaceful coastal village which has much to offer its visitors. It was named Frenaros because of the many wells situated in the village in ancient times, whilst others believe that French monks gave the village this name after making made this village their humble abode over 800 years ago. Whatever the belief, Frenaros is a delight to explore. Set among green fields and trees, this charming place is the epitome of a traditional Cypriot country village.
Relax and appreciate the laid back lifestyle as you enjoy lunch outside a welcoming taverna in the sunshine, and wander leisurely through the village taking in the sights. Like most villages in Cyprus, there are some beautiful ancient churches here, including two small Byzantine churches Agios Andronikos and the Archangelos Michail, which both date back to the 12th century. The church of Agia Marina features some interesting frescoes painted by several different artists.
Other village highlights include the Town Hall, the Monument of the Village's Heroes and the Monument of Photis Pittas, a local hero who fought against the British in Cyprus' Liberation War from 1955-1959. The village centre also hosts a good variety of shops, restaurants and other local amenities, making it an ideal place for families to visit.
The small fishing village of Liopetri, otherwise known as Potamos Liopetriou, is also a delight to explore, and the local residents are very hospitable. The village has a variety of shops, traditional tavernas and other local amenities but the main places of interest include the remains of a Venetian watch tower, the medieval church of Panagia and the 15th century church of Agios Andronikos, which features an octagonal dome and an apse with lovely murals.
Liopetri is traditionally a potato-growing and fishing town, but the village is also renowned for its delicious wine and ancient traditional craft of basket making, so you can pick up some unique gifts and souvenirs to take away with you.
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