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Environment

Agrotourism is encouraging the development of the village economy and thus giving the village dweller the incentive to stay where he is and not go off to the towns to seek employment.

It also encourages the people to develop the nature trails and work on the land; it gives them a greater pride in the countryside round the village while at the same time giving them ideas on how they can demonstrate their skills. As well as giving them the ability to mix with people from many walks of life and from all over the world.

Tourism has opened up the village and broadened the horizons of the occupants and had a positive impact on the local economy.

Community

There is a lot of local produce for sale in and around the village.
There are some lovely little coffee shops and restaurants in and around the village square with local produce. We highly recommend The Bridge, next to the main bridge into Kalavasos where most of the food is produced locally and cooked by the owners. Kleftico is a particular favourite but you need to order in advance on that one. Also the wellness center offer some great treatments (discounted for Kontoyiannis guests of course!

Reviews of Cyprus self catering accommodation in Kalavassos

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Travelling across the green line to visit Ancient Salamis. Kalavassos is a good base to see the island.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you want to see the real Cyprus - stay in a village, that way you are not far from real great food, meze and get a sense of the country.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We visited the shops and cafes in the village (although due to public holidays and weekends these were not always open and we were travelling off season). We travelled by car (the best and only way to see the island on your own terms - not that green?!)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent and recommended. Our self catering accomodation in Kalavassos was a great location but in need of updating. The oven didn't work and the kettle leaks and some crockery had not been properly washed. That said, Chris and John did respond quickly to our emails and concerns - so hopefully this will be better in the future.

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great weather; great scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


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3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10/10

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This house in Kalavassos is a pleasant choice for rural holidays.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You must have a car if you choose to stay there. The village is located in the middle of the island relative to the famous places (phafos, Aya napa, Trodos mountains), so you can travel to these locations within 1 hour drive. Nearest nice beaches: Governor's Beaches, approx 13 km away.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


You can have breakfast or dinner at the local coffee shops in the village, interact with the locals who are very nice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Enjoyable, interesting, you get to know the culture, the habits, the history of the place. It is not recommended for beach lovers.

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being invited in for home made lemonade and sweetmeats by an elderly lady villager we had offered a lift to in the Troodos Mountains. She had a steep hill between her plot of land and village house and flagged us down, which she must regularly do, to get home for lunch and siesta before going back to work at 4 o’clock. Lovely sprightly and vivacious 80 year old who's fitness and vivacity was inspiring. Between her smattering of English, our few Greek words and our communal willingness to mime, we managed a nice conversation, a moment of communion across our cultural and linguistic differences and my traveling companion and I glimpsed a simpler rural life, in tune with the rhythms of nature and at peace with the world.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take time to explore the village and talk to people in the few shops and eat at the two restaurants or have breakfast at one of the two or three cafes. The people we met in this way are really warm and generous, though you do get a blank stare from the local men who sit together at all times outside the cafe/bar in the square. George gave me a free freshly squeezed orange juice - which is all I ordered at his place - and only encouraged us to visit his son's restaurant - The Bridge. His story of fleeing with his family from his now deserted home in Famagusta was humbling.

To get quickly to Govenor's go back one exit towards Limassol on the A1. Much quicker and nicer than via Zygy and the cement factory. We went in the very end of May and there was a heat wave so I appreciated the cool in our courtyard apartment and sitting out there at night or strolling, late, through the village. The landscape looked parched and deserty from drought and a recent fire. The drinking water is rationed but we made sure we filled the kettle and never ran out. I was worried about noise from other apartments but everyone was like us, wanting a quiet, relaxing and stress free time and not wanting to disturb their neighbors. We met nice, interesting travelers from England and New Zealand. The furniture and lighting, fixtures and fittings and kitchen utensils are basic and not that aesthetic, but the courtyard was beautiful, with an abundance of flowering plants. Hire a car with great air conditioning from May to September

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


In a small way. We didn't spend that much in the village shops as we had done a shop in Debenhams in Limassol - not knowing what we would find on the first night. Had 2 village meals which were very reasonably priced and we were given free starters, desert and a free liquor in one place. The Cypriot generosity must eat into their profit margins! Only concern if the drought continues - will tourists put pressure on valuable water supplies for the villagers?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Lovely memories, relaxing and so much better than the last part of my holiday in a 3 star Russian run Brit hotel in Paphos. (Why go abroad if you're not going to venture out?) A bit too hot for me in the day time though fantastically consistent blue skies and sun. More like 3 and a half stars.

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The apartment at Kalavasos was great. Well furnished. clean, neat and very tidy. The village of Kalavasos is quaint, and very romantic. Perfect for a honeymoon get away where you will not be disturbed by bellboys or friendly hotel staff.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely need a car to reach Kalavasos, and also to get around. to arrive and remain in Kalavasos for several days may not be such a good idea. taxis are fairly expensive, so renting a car is a good option.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Knowing that it was not a hotel build, but merely a conversion of a house does mean that there is less impact on the village. Unfortunately we could not give back that much to the village as we would have liked to. We had dinner in the village once which was nice. The hairdresser was fully booked or closed. Overall to know that I have paid money to an entrepreneur, a person of the country, instead of to a hotel chain or conglomerate, pleases me immensely. I think I would rather have a holiday like wherever I go, instead of into a hotel group.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We spent 4 days in Kalavasos, which was great. Four stars for sure.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We really enjoyed our holiday in Kalavassos. Our aim was to stay close to the main towns and freeways, but to be away from the busy touristy areas - this accommodation met all our criteria! We loved the little courtyard of the house and the village itself. The people were always friendly. We can strongly recommend eating in the village at Romeos, the Bridge Tavern and the tavern in the village centre. The last two in particular serve excellent lamb, but each place has its speciality. Try the local wines - they are great. Enough about the food :-)

We travelled all around Cyprus, made the obligatory stops in Pafos, Larnarca, Limassol and Nicosia, but really, our memorable moments were when we were away from the freeways, driving through the hills and little villages. We recommend driving through the Troodos mountains, particularly if you want some cooler weather.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect Kalavassos to be a picturesque little Cypriote town, as you will find some of those in the mountains to be. They used to mine iron ore here - this is a place for hard working people. But, once you've been there a couple of days, you learn to really love the sounds of the villagers going about their daily business (i.e. neighbours talking, children playing in the narrow streets). And we loved the village square - every day you would find the older male inhabitants sitting there chatting. Drinking coffee and later at night, watching football.

The actual accommodation at Kalavassos house is very basic, but clean and tidy. We didn't expect or want five star and we were out most of the day, so it was fine for us, but you should manage your expectations.
If you want good food, some scenery and / or history, and a bit of sun, but you are not an avid beach-goer, then booking accommodation in these small towns, is just the ticket. But be prepared to drive a lot and go off the beaten track to truly experience Cyprus.

If you do like to be near a beach or pool, then this accommodation is a bit far from the sea, but I believe they have a "beach house or apartments"? Perhaps this is a better option then. Although John from this accommodation was very helpful, I would recommend that there be a small welcome pack or instructions in the accommodation when one arrives i.e. where is the local / closest shop, what hours are they open (everything is closed on a Sunday), where is the washing machine, how frequently does the cleaning lady come, where is the closest beach, where should one eat, etc, etc. We felt a bit lost on the first 2 days...

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely. We made a point of eating in the village every night to support the local taverns, and not only was the food better than in the towns, but we think they appreciated the business. One of the local restaurateurs told us that the tourist numbers were dramatically down for Kalavassos in particular, which obviously puts a strain on the inhabitants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Relaxing - just what we needed.

Read the operator's response here:

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. With regards to the welcome pack, it is something that we have been meaning to put together for a while now so will try and get that sorted as soon as possible. John does try to give as much information as possible but of course it’s best to also have it listed as it’s a lot to take in when you first arrive!

With regards to the beach, you really need a car to get to it but its only 5 minutes to Zigi and 10 to Governors beach so it’s all relative really. We have plans to build a pool in the house down the road which we will be renovating soon but this will not be ready for a year or so.

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2006 by

We really enjoyed our stay at this accommodation - the facilities were good, the weather was great and the local eateries ensured we had a much needed break. Kalavassos is a pleasant village, but a car is needed to be able to get around.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2006 by

We returned from Cyprus last night, somewhat tired but very happy with an excellent holiday. Our accommodation consisted of an apartment within a nicely renovated traditional Cypriot house which contained four apartments surrounding an interior courtyard. It was charming. From an ecological point of view it is worth noting that, like virtually every house in Cyprus, hot water is solar-heated. On arrival we were informed that air-conditioning was available at an extra cost of 5 Cypriot pounds a day - we chose not to use it since through breezes were enough to make the temperature tolerably cool most of the time. We felt a little disappointed however that this choice was not made clear to us in advance.

The house was situated in a small village some ten minutes drive from some beautiful, uncommercialised beaches which were ideal for our small children. The village, Kalavasos, has virtually everything necessary - small shops, a bar, a couple of restaurants - to make life comfortable. We were able to make contacts with local people who were very welcoming and friendly. We felt able to slip into the local lifestyle and had the opportunity to visited a lady making the local cheese in the traditional way.

Cyprus is a great family holiday destination for those wishing to avoid mass tourism though, sadly, I had the impression that this may not last. The big towns on the coast: Pafos, Limassol and Larnaca, seem to be suffering from urban sprawl and are attracting mass numbers of mainly British tourists. They are worth day trips to see the 'old' towns but not much more.

Thankfully there are lots of other things to see and do. There are lots of archaeological sites - from Neolithic villages to Roman amphiteatres and Crusader castles -which are well-preserved and accessible at moderate cost. A visit to a Greek Orthodox monastery is much recommended. The Troodos mountains are magnificent.

The single most interesting thing for me is the continued division of the country following the Turkish 'invasion' of '74. It is something of a shock to wander through the old part of Nicosia, with its picturesque narrow streets and then stumble upon a section of the Venetian-built city walls surmounted with razor wire. We crossed, with some trepidation, into the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' for an afternoon. It seemed poorer but the people were as welcoming as their Greek Cypriot counterparts. On another day we went over to the east of the country and were able to look over the fence to the previously bustling beach resort of Famagusta which is now an empty ghost town. Truely surreal. It's a real shame that the country and the people remain divided. Given the strength of the opinions we heard it is likely to remain so.

We spoke to a number of other families who were staying in the village. Like ourselves they tended to be ex-backpackers with kids under ten years old. Like ourselves they seemed very positive about the Cyprus holiday experience. On the whole I would firmly recommend Cyprus as a destination for young families looking for an interesting holiday. Perhaps it would be better to avoid August - it is unrelentingly hot.

Read the operator's response here:

Unfortunately it is necessary for us to charge for A/C, the actual cost is CYP 3 per unit per day and is designated by the Cyprus Tourist Organization. Our rates and extra charges are on display in each of the apartments. The cost of CYP 5 was a reduced price quoted for 2 A/C's, for 3 A/C's we charge CYP 6 per day.

The reason, we have to charge for A/C is that electricity is very expensive in Cyprus and we have no choice. This is a family business and we try to keep our prices as low as possible. It cost's us a lot of money to maintain and run the house and we are struggling to keep afloat. We are not a big hotel chain that charges high prices. We feel it is better to offer cheaper basic rates and have A/C as an extra.

Having said all this, we all know that from an ecological point of view, the less electricity we use the better. Charging for A/C is another deterrent.

I am very happy that he enjoyed his stay with us and hope he will visit again with his family.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2005 by

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Cyprus. Our accommodation, though basic, was more than adequate and Kalavassos is a lovely village with very friendly, helpful people. We were in Cyprus primarily to visit our daughter but also did all the usual touristy things. Spent a very interesting day in Nicosia; also a day in the Troodos; visited the Tombs of the Kings and the wonderful mosaics in Paphos (a must). Larnaca Airport was chaotic (not impressed!)

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2004 by

This was a really good conversion of a traditional house into spacious apartments. No skimping on space in the apartments which were comfortably furnished with good amenities. Converting a traditional home is a much better alternative than building yet another holiday home or resort – which thankfully Kalavasos seems to be free from. The village seems to benefit from the tourists who stay there, without being over run. Definitely a good way to enjoy a relaxing holiday without having to go to a resort!

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