Kokkinochoria - Red Soil Villages
Inland from the popular holiday resorts of Agia Napa and Paralimni / Protaras, with their golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas, are a number of picturesque villages in an area known as the "Kokkinochoria", meaning Red Soil villages, thanks to the red earth in which the potatoes that the area is famous for are grown. Watch the local people working in the fields cultivating potatoes or kolocase, Cyprus’ famous root vegetable.
Visit places of natural beauty, such as Potamos, and see the fishermen mending their nets. Discover the treasures that the inland villages hold, such as the folk art museum at Dherynia and Avgorou, or the charming stone Byzantine churches and chapels, found scattered all around the area.
In Sotira the church of Agios Mamas has wall paintings dating to the 16th century and the church of Sotiros has superb 13th century wall paintings. Another interesting church is the 16th century cruciform church of Panagia Chortakiotissa. An old chapel in the centre of the village has been turned into a small ecclesiastical museum to house a number of interesting artefacts. justify;">
The village of Frenaros has a number of small Byzantine churches, two of which, those of the Archangel Michael and of Agios Andronikos, date back to the 12th century.
The village of Liopetri has a 16th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and a 15th century church of Agios Andronikos with an octagonal dome, and the remains of murals which can still be distinguished in the apse.
The single-aisled domed church of Agios Georgios in the village of Xilofagou was built and decorated in the late 15th century.
Paralimni has an interesting vaulted church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which incorporates a small ecclesiastical museum.
Dherynia has a number of churches in and around the town, such as the 15th century chapel of Agia Marina, that of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) and the church of Agios Georgios, a small Byzantine church with a dome.
One of the most picturesque churches in the area can be seen near Vrysoules, that of Agios Giorgios Pygadion.