A Trip to Kathikas

The village of Kathikas, about 17 kilometres by road from Anassa, sits at the conjunction of wine country and the wilds of the Akamas

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The village of Kathikas, about 17 kilometres by road from Anassa, sits at the conjunction of wine country and the wilds of the Akamas, so it makes an attractive destination for a day trip. As you approach the village, you will see signs directing you to the two wineries in the area, Sterna and Vasilikon. Each has a winemaking museum and a wine tasting room; be sure to try local varieties, such as xinisteri, which are well-suited to the region’s terroir. On the outskirts of the village are a donkey farm (where you can go for a ride) and the adjacent head of the Agiasma Nature Trail. This trail makes a 3-kilometre loop through a deep canyon, passing a stone fountain and the Agia Marina chapel. The village itself features stone streets and houses (some over 100 years old). On the village square, you will find a church as well as a small museum covering folk art and the ecology of the Akamas peninsula. One map posted on the square shows the entire village, enabling you to chart a course for a stroll. Another gives directions to the Mountiko Nature Trail, west of the village, where you can further explore the Akamas landscape. Sitting on a plateau at an altitude of about 700 metres, Kathikas affords glimpses of the sea both north and south and of the Troodos Mountains to the east. Stop in at one of its tavernas to enjoy traditional Cypriot cuisine and the relaxed pace of village life.