It’s time to explore Cyprus
Our mid EVS training we had in Kakopetria, small and beautiful village, where we enjoyed our time, for that reason I would like to write here about Kakopetria.
Kakopetria is located south-west of the capital Nicosia and it is built upon the foothill of the Troodos Mountain -specifically in the north side of the mountain range.
It is a village of the Nicosia district and stands at a distance of about 55 kilometres from the capital and about 55 kilometres from the second largest city of Cyprus, Limassol. It stands at an altitude of 667 metres (it is the highest village in the valley of the “Solea” region), the climate is rather dry, and it receives an average annual rainfall of about 648 millimetres. Fruit-bearing trees (mainly apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach, and cherry trees), vegetables (mainly potatoes and tomatoes), vines (of table and wine-making varieties), and a few cereals are cultivated in its area. Kakopetria is especially known for the quality of its apples.
The community has about 1300 permanent inhabitants. It is ridden with vegetation, amidst the banks of the Kargotis and Garillis rivers. The two rivers join inside the village and form the river Klarios, which crosses the valley of Solea and then flows into the Morfou Bay, in Pentagia. With regards to the name of the village, there are the following 3 versions:
It is said that Kakopetria took this name (a compound of the words “Kako” and “Petra”, meaning bad / rough and stone / rock) because in older times its area was not only rocky but also difficult to climb to.
Close to the large bridge at the village’s entrance, there is a big rock known as “Petra tou Androgynou” (Couples’ Rock). According to tradition, newly-wed couples would sit on this rock. One day the rock rolled over and buried a newly-wed couple under it. After this event the inhabitants named the rock “Kakopetra” (Bad Rock) and then the village itself was named “Kakopetria”.
Kakopetria, because of its healthy and cool climate, its picturesque landscape (towering over the Kargotis valley while Troodos rises over it), the wonderful natural environment, the rich vegetation, the cool and gargling waters, the folkloric heritage, and the relatively small distance from Nicosia and Limassol, naturally drew the attention of many rich families and tourists for vacation purposes during the months of summer.
As basic factors for the success in attracting tourists to the community of Kakopetria, among others, mostly is the warm hospitality that characterises its inhabitants, their proper behaviour, the impeccable service, the conscious effort for cleanliness, and the correct development of constructions that is done by many of the village’s inhabitants, as well as a number of other comforts that the inhabitants of Kakopetria offer to local and foreign tourists with great joy and satisfaction.