Set amid citrus groves and surrounded by mountains, Miliou is one of the prettiest rural villages in Cyprus. An idyllic destination if you’re looking for peace and quiet, there is little to do except soak up the peace and tranquillity, and enjoy some of the wonderful hikes in the surrounding hills. You could have a soak in the local hot springs, or make day trips to local beauty spots such as the breathtaking natural pool known as the ‘Adonis baths’ or the Avakas Gorge. The nearest beaches include those at Polis and Latchi, as well as some of the island’s most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of coast on the Akamas Peninsula. The appealing city of Paphos is only 15 miles away, and has wonderful beaches plus a host of cultural sights.
Miliou’s biggest attractions are its beautiful, mountain scenery and rural charm. It’s a wonderful place to complete disconnect from everything and simply relax. The biggest activities in the region are hiking, with scores of routes across the surrounding mountains. You can take a dip in the local hot springs, visit local wineries, or take day trips to magnificently unspoilt stretches of coast, such as Lara Bay and the Akamas Peninsula. If you want to hit the beach, you could visit Polis or Latchi, which both have wonderful sandy stretches and lots of facilities. Paphos, one of the biggest cities on the island, is only 15 miles from Miliou, and has more fantastic beaches, plus plenty of options for sightseeing, shopping and dining.
Miliou and the tavernas in the surrounding villages are a great place to try some of the delicious Cypriot dishes. A wonderful fusion of Greek, Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine, they feature classic dishes such as moussaka (layers of aubergine with meat and béchamel sauce) and stifado (beef simmered in wine and herbs). Even in the mountains you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood on the menu, including Mediterranean favourites such as sea bream, squid and octopus. The meze – a platter of small dishes that traditionally opens a meal – is a delight for gourmets, and features a wide choice of tasty local dips and other delights.
Miliou is a very quiet rural village, and makes for a peaceful and delightfully old-fashioned family holiday. You can take the kids for a tramp along the nearby nature walks, or, if your children are older, rent some mountain bikes and head out onto some of the more demanding trails. If you fancy some fun in the sun, the beaches at Polis and Latchi are perfect, with fine sand, shallow waters and crystal clear waters. You’ll also find some wonderful wild beaches around Lara Bay and the Akamas Peninsula, including some which are nesting sites for endangered turtles. Paphos has a zoo, a water park with slides and pools, and a huge range of facilities for water sports.
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There are lots of fantastic hikes in the mountains around Miliou, which are suitable for people of all abilities. There are more superb hikes in the Akamas Peninsula, a stunning, wild headland which is now a protected nature reserve, and in and around the Avakas Gorge. The gorge, although only 3 kilometres long, is demanding to hike, owing to its 30-metre high cliffs and narrow passages, but you’ll be rewarded with some remarkable views. You’ll find all kinds of water sports, from water-skiing to parasailing, are on offer in the buzzy resort of Paphos, and the wilder stretches of this coast are fantastic for snorkelling and diving. You could also head deeper into the Troodos mountains, where there are lots of opportunities for climbing and canyoning.
Miliou is a small, mountain village, but you can be sunning yourself on the beach within a half-hour drive. Take your pick from the wild and unspoilt beaches of Lara Bay and the Akamas Peninsula, or the bigger and better-equipped strands at Polis and Latchi. Some of the beaches on Lara Bay are nesting sites for the endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles: a conservation centre provides information on these beautiful creatures and offers advice on how to view them. Note that you’ll need to take your own parasol and picnic for the wilder beaches, which boast few if any facilities. However, you’ll find sunbed rental and amenities for all kinds of water sports in Polis or Latchi to the north. If you prefer, you could head south to the bustling resort of Paphos, one of the biggest on the island.
There isn’t any nightlife in Miliou – which is just the way locals and most visitors like it. People visit this rural village to soak up its peace and tranquillity, rather than party hard. You can dawdle over drinks in the local tavernas, chatting to locals, and you might find some traditional music and dancing or other events are held at the local community centre. Local festivals are always exuberantly celebrated. There are a few more bars to be found in Polis and Latchi, a sprinkling of clubs in Coral Bay, and a much wider selection of bars and clubs to suit all tastes in the lively resort of Paphos.
If your idea of romance is beautiful scenery, a tranquil atmosphere and old-fashioned charm, then you will love Miliou. You can take romantic strolls in the hills and orchards around the village, visit some of the local wineries, or head to popular beauty spots such as the Baths of Adonis, a stunning natural pool that you can swim in. The gorgeous mountainous scenery provides a romantic backdrop for your walks, and you’ll enjoy the quiet intimacy of the local tavernas. There are lots of secluded beaches along the coast around Lara Bay, or, if you prefer more amenities, head to the sandy beaches in Polis, Latchi, or (perhaps the best equipped of all) Coral Bay.
You’ll find plenty of culture in the regional capital of Paphos, which is located about 15 miles from Miliou. Now a lively resort, is also one of the oldest and most fascinating cities on Cyprus, and is home to a clutch of amazing historic sights, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the Tombs of the Kings, a fascinating and extensive necropolis where the aristocracy were buried that dates back to the 4th century BC. Don’t miss the stunning Roman mosaics at the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, which are some of the finest in the region. You could also head into the Troodos Mountains, which are home to some breathtaking painted churches that have been collectively inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.