Tremithousa / Tala -
The two villages are located approximately 8 km north of the Paphos coast, set west facing overlooking the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The panoramic view, the favourable climate and the simplicity of the landscape led Cypriots to live here and UK and other European visitors to build their permanent and holiday homes here. The area is well known for its cooling summer breezes and its elevated position gives it the benefit of less humid air in the summer months. Tremithousa is a local village still centered on agriculture (vines, citrus, almond, carob and walnut trees, and vegetables for the local markets). Tala produces the same but also has a tourist based economy.
Both villages have many facilities: Tremithousa a “medium” supermarket, two bakeries, a pharmacy, and 4 restaurants/tavernas; Tala has a delightful square with a selection of restaurants (15 in total in and around Tala), serving everything from meze style meals to local speciality dishes and international cuisines. The village also offers an excellent well-stocked mini-supermarket and equally excellent wine cellar, English and continental delicatessen, and a pharmacy.
Tala is also “famous” for the St. Neophytos Monastery (a tourist “must visit”), Tala Monastery Cat Sanctuary (a cat-lovers “must visit”), the Tala Amphitheatre (fantastic views, fantastic performers - Elvis, the Beatles, the Stones, Elton, and this year Phil Collins and Andrea Bocelli: all the best Tribute Acts!), and lastly the Tala Tower (the erection of “billionaire” which can be seen illuminated at night together with its surrounding buildings, also occasional firework displays).
The 12th Century Monastery of St. Neophytos which stands proudly in the hills above Tala village, commanding wonderful views of the Mediterranean coast. It is easy to imagine the beauty and isolation of this location which a thousand years ago enticed an extraordinary, self-taught hermit called Neophytos to settle here. Of particular interest to the visitor is his cave and cell, an enclosure which he carved out of the rock. The table and the stone platform on which he slept are still preserved as are some of the Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to 15th century, thought to be the work of the Saint and his followers. The current Monastery and a very good small museum are on the site (+ cafe and souvenirs!)
To the south of Tremithousa and Tala is the “Old” Town of Paphos (10 minute drive), which was extensively re-developed when Cyprus was EU city of Culture in 2017. The result is a mixture of the old and the new with a surprise around every corner, but best seen at night (in the day the Market is worth a visit): new open air theatre, small amphitheatre, many and varied murals, many restaurants, old and new, but not in one area – you have to discover them, bars open until late, 3 ice cream parlours, and a variety of original shops and workshops.
Traveling 5 minutes further south, past the bowling alley and the Kings Avenue Mall you come to the Paphos Harbour area, an official UNESCO site, because of the cultural and natural treasures. The remains of palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs mean that the town is of exceptional architectural and historic value. The well-preserved mosaics, the Tombs of the Kings and the Fort are probably the biggest draws, but further discoveries continue to be made.
To the south-east of Tremithousa and Tala, about 15 minutes away is the Elea Golf course, Waterpark, the Paphos Karting Centre, and a very good mini-golf course, plus the Yeroskipou beach (mainly frequented by “locals”, because the “tourists” don't know about it).
To the south-west of Tremithousa and Tala (10/15 minutes away) is Coral Bay with its beach, a plethora of restaurants (local and international), bars, horse riding and a Karting Centre. Further along the road is Paphos Zoo, Agios Giorgios (small harbour and coastal walks) and the Akamas nature reserve.
To the north of Tremithousa and Tala, is the tourist village of Tsada, the Minthis Golf course, and then a picturesque car journey (stopping at several villages for coffee, or lunch or just a stroll) to take you to Polis on the northern coast: if you don't stop, 20 minutes. You can then travel on for a further 5 minutes to Latchi, a former fishing village, but now with many fish, and other, restaurants, with harbour, a sandy beach and sea-side walks. Traveling further takes you to the Baths of Aphrodite (prepare to be disappointed) but more importantly to walks on the Akamas giving spectacular sea views.
To the east are the Golf courses of Secret Valley and Aphrodite Hills, (20 minutes) and the motorway to the Troodos, and its many villages, Limassol and Larnaca.
If you chose a villa in Tremithousa or Tala you will find you are virtually equidistant to everywhere in the Paphos District and to all the activities and amenities.
Distances from the area of Tremithousa:
Paphos Airport 20km
Coral Bay 14km
Paphos Town 6km