The village of Pedoulas lies leisurely in Marathasa Valley at about 1200 metres above sea level, on the northern flanks of Troodos Mountain Range. The village counts 130 inhabitants as most young people fled to the city. Alkis and I went for an Easter holiday in Pedoulas and had such a great time there! The village is about 119km from Larnaca and it takes 1h 43 minutes to get there. It took us almost 2 h 30m as we stopped at the beautiful village of Kakopetria for a cup of coffee.
DAY 1 - Friday, 6 April 2018
Kakopetria is located in Solea Valley and stands at an altitude of 667 metres above sea level. The village is built on the banks of two rivers - the Kargotis and Garillis, which join within the village and form the Klarios river. Kakopetria is also a popular summer resort due to its cool climate during our hot summer months. Soon after coffee, we took the winding road to Pedoulas. I was so excited as we drove past a magical natural setting consisting of pine trees, poplars and wild vegetation. We checked in at Cristy's Palace Hotel - an old mansion built in 1945. It's got nothing to do with a standard 5-star hotel. It's not a palace in this sense, but it's a beautiful family-run mansion. Mr Andreas, the owner, gave us a warm welcome and both my husband and I felt as if we were guests at his home. Our room was small but functional and nicely decorated. Mr Andreas recommended "Two Flowers Restaurant" for lunch, just opposite the hotel. We loved the food there. As we were both fasting, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant offered a good choice of lenten dishes. In the evening, we attended the church service of the Epitaph at the church of the Holy Cross - a church which dominates the village. We went back to "Two Flowers" for dinner.
DAY 2 - Saturday, 7 April 2018
Breakfast at Cristy's Hotel was excellent! We really enjoyed it! Soon after breakfast, we set off to explore only a few of the 14 villages which belong to Marathasa Valley.
DAY 3 - Sunday, 8 April 2018
On Easter Sunday, we visited Kykkos Monastery for the second time in 30 years. I had tears in my eyes as I knelt down and worshiped Her Grace - the Grace of Virgin Mary. Photos aren't allowed in the Monastery.
And then we had a festive lunch in Pedoulas.
This was one of the best Easter holidays I've ever had. Apart from its natural beauties, what I loved most about Pedoulas is the warmth and hospitality of the people who made me feel part of their small community.