Nestled in the heart of Paphos, the picturesque village of Kathikas beckons travelers with promises of a journey from tradition to tranquility. This hidden gem, surrounded by lush vineyards and rolling hills, offers a unique holiday experience that seamlessly blends the charm of tradition with the serenity of nature. In this enchanting corner of Cyprus, each cobblestone street tells a story, and every moment is an invitation to discover the beauty of a bygone era while relishing the tranquility of the present.
Kathikas is a living testament to the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus. As you wander through the narrow streets, you'll encounter traditional stone houses adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, and locals passionately engaged in preserving age-old customs. The village square, a hub of activity, echoes with the lively chatter of residents, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Immerse yourself in the local traditions by partaking in the village festivals, where traditional music, dance, and gastronomy take center stage. The annual grape harvest festival is a highlight, offering visitors a chance to stomp grapes and indulge in locally-produced wines – a true celebration of Kathikas' viticultural heritage.
Wineries in Kathikas
Sterna Winery - Experience the traditions of centuries at Sterna Winery set in the heart of the vineyards of Kathikas village, and unique experience of a wine museum. Telephone +357 99699082. The winery's location can be found on Google Maps
Vasilikon Winery Cyprus - Vasilikon Winery is committed to producing estate grown wines of the highest caliber and distinction, each expressing the unique terroir of the property. Telephone +357 26 633999. The winery's location can be found on Google Maps
For those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Kathikas unfolds as a haven of tranquility. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, the village provides a serene backdrop for a peaceful escape. Explore the nearby Akamas Peninsula, a nature lover's paradise with its hiking trails, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife. The rugged beauty of the landscape is a testament to Cyprus's untouched natural splendor.
Kathikas also serves as a gateway to the renowned Avakas Gorge, a stunning canyon that beckons adventure enthusiasts. Hike through this majestic landscape, marveling at towering cliffs and crystal-clear streams, and feel the exhilaration of being immersed in nature's grandeur.
Hiking in the area. Visit Pafos Org for information on where to hike.
While Kathikas itself is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty, the allure of nearby beaches adds another dimension to your holiday escape. Just a short drive away, the coastline boasts some of Cyprus's most stunning beaches, perfect for those seeking sun, sand, and sea.
Latchi Beach: A Serene Oasis
Not far from Kathikas lies Latchi Beach, a tranquil stretch of coastline offering soft sands and crystal-clear waters. Here, you can unwind under the Mediterranean sun, take leisurely strolls along the shore, or indulge in various water activities, from swimming and snorkeling to boat excursions.
Polis Chrysochous Beach: Nature's Serenade
Polis Chrysochous Beach, with its unspoiled beauty, provides an idyllic setting for a day by the sea. Surrounded by lush greenery and complemented by the gentle lull of the waves, this beach offers a peaceful retreat, making it an ideal spot for those seeking a more secluded coastal experience.
Coral Bay: A Vibrant Coastal Gem
For those yearning for a livelier atmosphere, Coral Bay awaits. This popular beach boasts golden sands, clear waters, and a range of amenities. From water sports to beachfront cafes and vibrant entertainment, Coral Bay offers a lively ambiance perfect for those seeking a more dynamic beach experience.
Akamas Peninsula: Untamed Beauty
Venture a bit further, and you’ll encounter the untamed beauty of the Akamas Peninsula. While not a typical beach destination, its rugged, unspoiled coastline offers a raw and untouched allure, perfect for adventurers and nature enthusiasts seeking a more secluded and wild beach experience.
No journey to Kathikas is complete without savoring its delectable culinary offerings. Traditional tavernas line the village streets, tempting visitors with authentic Cypriot cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Feast on meze platters brimming with flavors, indulge in freshly caught seafood and raise a glass of locally produced wine to toast to the perfect gastronomic experience.
Traditional restaurants to tempt you:
The Farmyard Inn – You will receive a warm welcome at this restaurant where all dishes are freshly prepared to order. Telephone +357 70009696
Petradaki Tavern – High quality food at very reasonable prices, even the bread is baked on the premises! Telephone +357 26814191
Imogens Inn - located in the centre of the village is set in a stone courtyard. Telephone +357 26633269
Kyparissos Tavern - A family owned Cypriot restaurant offering traditional Cypriot meze cuisine. They are located in Kathikas Village just outside of the center of the village on the road to Pegeia municipality. Telephone +357 26633600
Araouzos Taverna - traditional Cypriot restaurant offering traditional food. They are located in Kathikas Village. Telephone +357 99231764
Kathikas Square Gin Bar - set in the village square offering a wide range of drinks including over 200 gins. Modern setting. Telephone +357 99542225
Philippos Supermarket: This is the biggest supermarket in Peyia. It offers a huge variety of products including many UK brands, at low prices. The supermarket offers free home delivery. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps.
Byron's Half Way Market: Mini-market with a variety of brands available. Located on the B7 by the junction for Skoulli. Open 7 days a week from early morning until late evening. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps.
Papantoniou Supermarket: This supermarket is located in the town of Polis. Polis is a 20 minute drive from Kathikas. It offers a huge variety of products including many UK brands. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps
Mas Supermarket: Large supermarket in Polis. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps
Ensuring a worry-free stay, the nearest essential services for the area of Kathikas will be found in the area of Peyia (15 minute drive):
Christiana Christofi Pharmacy - Telephone +357 26 623232. The pharmacy's location can be found on Google Maps.
Christakis Phylaktou Pharmacy - Telephone +357 26815526. The pharmacy's location can be found on Google Maps.
Peyia Health Centre - medical centre offering a full range of healthcare services with access to English speaking Doctors .Telephone +357 26950026. The centre's location can be found on Google Maps
Coral Bay Health Clinic - medical centre with English speaking Doctors. Telephone +357 26600815. The centre's location can be found on Google Maps
For a stay in Kathikas car hire is necessary. The Villa Group can assist with organising car hire, view Extras
Paphos International Airport 40 km
Larnaca International Airport 150 km
Peyia 10 km
Polis 15 km
Latchi 17 km
Coral Bay 15 km
Paphos Town Centre 25 km
Kato Paphos Harbour 30 km