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A dreamy little mountain village, Droushia is an idyllic spot to relax and recharge on the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, it’s also only a 15-minute drive to the fantastic beaches at Polis and Latchi. The village is made of local stone, and its picturesque streets are dotted with traditional tavernas and cafés. Numerous hiking and mountain biking routes are found in the surrounding hills, and you will find more in the nearby Akamas peninsula, a nature reserve and turtle-nesting site that is also home to some gorgeous, wild beaches. If you’re in the mood to shop or party, the lively resort of Paphos is just 30 minutes away by car.
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Peace and quiet are the main attractions of the tiny mountain village of Droushia. You can drift leisurely from café to café, perhaps stop to read for an hour or two in a quiet corner, and pick out your favourite tavern for dinner. A haven for walkers, you’ll find scores of excellent hikes in the area, many of which are also suitable for horse-riding or mountain-biking. If you’re in the mood for the beach, Polis and Latchi are only 10 kilometres away, and there are some stunning wild beaches to discover (along with more fantastic hikes) on the Akamas Peninsula. While there, you could also explore the Baths of Aphrodite, a pool set in forests and botanic gardens, or visit the turtle conservation area, where the endangered turtles build their nests. If you are looking for some serious nightlife, you can hit the bars and clubs of Paphos, about 30 minutes away by car.
There are several charming tavernas in Droushia where you can tuck into some delicious Cypriot dishes. There are lots of wonderful slow-cooked stews, such as stifado, made with beef and herbs, and afelia, made with pork and wine. You can also enjoy some delicious local seafood, particularly sea bream, octopus and squid. One of the delights of Cypriot cuisine is the meze, a platter of different starters that might include anything from grilled halloumi cheese (which is produced locally) to yogurt and mint dip and stuffed vine leaves. Wash it all down with some of the delicious local wine, which has been produced on Cyprus for centuries.
Droushia is a great place for a quiet and peaceful holiday with the kids. Most of the accommodation in the area offers a pool, which will keep them happy for much of the time. You could take the kids for a tramp through the woods, or perhaps rent mountain bikes or go on horseback for a little more excitement. As well as the beaches, there is a small go karting track and a paintball arena near Polis, and you’ll find lots of water sports are available at Latchi. Both of these villages are located about 10 kilometres from Droushia. Some kids might enjoy visiting the turtle conservation area on the Akamas Peninsula, particularly if you are lucky to see the turtles hatch and scuttle down to the sea. There is also a water park in Paphos, about 30 minutes away by car.
The main activity in the Droushia area is hiking and you’ll find numerous wonderful walking paths to suit people of all abilities. Along the coast, most of the facilities for water sports are found at Latchi, about 10 kilometres away. The region is well known for snorkelling and diving, particularly in the transparent and protected waters which surround the Akamas Peninsula. Or you could head in the much larger resort of Paphos for an even wider variety of water sports. Inland, you can take jeep safaris, or go climbing and canyoning in the Troodos mountains. Mount Olympos, the highest peak in Cyprus at 1952 metres, is a magnet for adventure junkies, with some demanding climbs and hikes.
There are plenty of fantastic beaches within easy reach of Droushia. The nearest are found in Polis, which has a great municipal beach with sunbed rental and other facilities. Nearby Latchi has a bigger beach, with more facilities including plenty of water sports and a diving centre. For wild beaches, head to the Akamas Peninsula (bring your own parasol, and enough food and water for the day), where you can pick any of the lovely stretches around Lara Bay. You could also visit the turtle nesting sites, and watch the tiny hatchlings sprint down to the waves. There are several large and well-equipped beaches at Paphos too.
The nightlife in Droushia is as slow and relaxed as the pace of life in this enchanting village. You can have a drink and a chat in one tavern, then wander on to the next for another. Occasionally in summer, one or two of them offer live entertainment, usually traditional music or dancing. There is a wider choice of options in Polis and Latchi on the coast, but the atmosphere remains appealingly sleepy in both. If you’re looking for serious nightlife, you’ll have to head in to Paphos, a 30-minute drive away, which has a wide range of bars and clubs to suit all tastes.
Cyprus is known as ‘the island of love’ and the region around Droushia is where, according to legend, the Greek goddess of love once lived. Ideal for a peaceful and relaxing holiday with your partner, Droushia is a very pretty and old-fashioned little village. You can explore its narrow streets hand in hand, stopping off at a bar for a drink or a coffee. In the evenings, linger over dinner on the terrace of one of the tavernas, enjoying the amazing views and the lights flickering along the coastline in the distance. You might want to head to the beach to watch the sun set, or take a hike in the beautiful Akamas Peninsula, where you’ll also find some wonderfully empty beaches. If you’re in the mood for some dancing, head to the lively resort of Paphos, about 30 minutes away.
Little Droushia is full of charming old houses and churches made of the local honey-coloured stone. You can pop into the village’s delightful museum of local culture and traditions to get an insight in the area’s history, or visit some of the fine churches and religious buildings. These include the Monastery of Saint George Nikoxilitis, established in the 9th century, but subsequently destroyed by fire, war and earthquakes. The locals are rebuilding it, and it is a very atmospheric place to visit. Nearby Polis has a couple of charming little museums, including a small archaeological museum. On the Akramas Peninsula, you can visit the grotto and pool where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have bathed.