The lovely village of Tochni is one of the oldest and best-preserved in Cyprus, its charming houses and churches built out of the local golden stone. Set on the slopes of the magnificent Troodos mountains, Tochni is the perfect location for a quiet holiday with plenty of walking and biking, and has become known as one of the island’s premier agrotourism destinations. If you fancy a day at the beach, a short 5-minute drive will bring you to the small fishing village of Zygi, which has a charming harbour and a sandy beaches. Or you could drive 20 minutes to reach either the lively and sophisticated city of Limassol or the vibrant resort of Larnaca.
The biggest attraction of Tochni is its quiet mountain charm. You can stroll around the peaceful village, which is dotted with beautiful churches, and take hikes and bike rides in the surrounding mountains. Other local activities include horse-riding and visits to the local wineries. There’s a beach just a 5-minute drive away, in the little fishing village of Zygi, which also boasts some excellent seafood restaurants, or you could drive for 10 minutes to reach Governor’s Beach, one of the nicest on the island. And, if you’re in the mood for a wide range of water sports and plenty of nightlife, you could make the 20-minute drive to Larnaca. Or head 20 minutes in the other direction for big, bustling Limassol, which has lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife to go with its gorgeous beaches.
The seafood brought in at Zygi, just 5 kilometres from Tochni, is considered the finest on the island. You can tuck into it at one of the charming taverns in Tochni, or at one of Zygi’s harbourfront restaurants. Other tasty local dishes to try include the famous moussaka (layers of aubergine, meat and béchamel sauce) and stifado, chunks of beef simmered slowly in wine and herbs. One of the highlights of any Cypriot meal is the meze, a selection of starters that might include anything from grilled halloumi cheese (produced locally) to stuffed vine leaves and a range of tasty dips. You can wash it all down with some of the delicious local wines.
Tochni is a great place for a relaxing family holiday. Many of the hotels and apartments boast swimming pools, where kids can cool off on hot summer days, and there are lots of gentle nature trails in the area for them to run around and let off steam. Kids may also enjoy riding mountain bikes around the hills. You can spend the day at the beach, if you want some sun, sea and sand: Governors Beach is perfect for families, thanks to its pretty coves, great rocks for jumping off, and a gentle slope into crystal-clear waters. There is a water park near Limassol, if your kids fancy a day of thrills and spills on the water slide, and a camel park in Mazotos, which offers camel rides, a pool and a cinema.
Action & Adventure
Tochni offers plenty of mountain activities, with scores of great hiking and mountain biking routes in the area. If you want to do some serious climbing or canyoning, head deeper into the Troodos mountains, which contain the island’s highest peaks, including Mount Olympos. There are jeep safaris offered to some of the main mountain destinations. Along the coast, you’ll find plenty of options for water sports, particularly in the lively resorts of Larnaca and Limassol, which offer everything from parasailing to water-skiing. The nearby port at Zygi is a major destination for fishing, and offers lots of boat tours and fishing trips.
Tochni is a pretty mountain village on the slopes of the Troodos mountains, perfect for soaking up the gorgeous scenery and the fresh, mountain air. If you want to hit the beach, the nearest is at Zygi, a small fishing village located 5 kilometres away. It boasts a long, sandy beach, with plenty of sunbeds for rent, and you’ll find some excellent seafood restaurants within a short walk. Governor’s Beach, considered one of the finest on the southern coast, is only 9 kilometres away, and has a long sweep of sand backed by white cliffs. There are more superb beaches in the resorts of Limassol and Larnaca, both of which are located around a 20-minute drive from Tochni. Both resorts offer a wealth of facilities, but Larnaca stands out for its wide range of water sports.
The nightlife in sleepy little Tochni is based around the local taverns, which might host some traditional music and dancing on summer evenings. Otherwise, most holiday-makers are content to soak up the tranquillity, glass of wine in hand, out on the terrace of one of the local restaurants. There is a sprinkling of bars and taverns near the harbour or along the beach in Zygi. If you’re looking for some serious bars and club action, head for Limassol, which is one of the largest cities on the island, or Larnaca, a lively resort, both of which are located about a 20-minute drive away.
If you’re looking for total peace and quiet in beautiful mountain scenery, then Tochni is for you. Ideal for relaxing with your partner, this charming village offers a host of beautiful walking and biking trails, along with traditional restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. A short drive will bring you to some gorgeous beaches, including Governors Beach (9km away) or the beach in the pretty fishing village of Zygi, which is a great place to stop for a romantic seafood dinner overlooking the harbour. You could also take a wine tour, which includes visits to local wineries where you can sample the produce.
The charming village of Tochni is home to several pretty churches, including the Orthodox church of St Constantine and St Helena. This was rebuilt over the ruins of a much older church, which was established, according to legend, by St Helena herself on her return from the Holy Land. The village also boasts a small Byzantine Museum, which is well worth a look. The nearby resort of Larnaca, about 20 minutes away by car, is home to a spectacular 9th-century church, the Church of Saint Lazarus, as well as the archaeological site of Kition, which contains the ruins of one of the oldest cities on Cyprus. The Cypriot capital of Nicosia is about a 45-minute drive away, and has a charming Old Town to explore, plus a host of fascinating museums.