Discover Villages Miliou Village

Miliou Village

On the road from Paphos to Polis, about 13 km before you reach Polis, there is a turning on the left which will take you to the little village of Miliou nestling on the Laona plateau.

Adjacent to the springs is the restored monastery of ‘Agii Anargyri which is now being used as a spa hotel. The monastery was built in 1649 and is said to be one of the first ever on the island. It was founded by two brothers who used to care for the sick and dying without taking any payment for it. It is said that this is how the monastery got its name, from the Greek meaning ‘without payment’. Another myth, spread among the inhabitants of the surrounding villages, goes like this: Many years ago a number of monks lived in the monastery and one day an argument broke out. As well as using sticks and stones in their dispute, these mild-mannered monks relieved the cellar of its supply of eggs, as it was during the period of Lent. As a result of the argument, the eggs broke and the water from the springs took the smell of rotten eggs.

Miliou is one of the smallest villages in Cyprus and has a population of about 60. It is also one of the greenest villages in the area, thanks to an abundant supply of spring water, surrounded by citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards.

Miliou is one of the villages involved in the Laona Project, a non-profit making organisation established to implement rural regeneration and ecotourism and to help introduce the concept of agrotourism to Cyprus. Although Miliou’s limestone houses are examples of traditional rural architecture, more have been restored in the traditional Cypriot style through the Laona Project.

Courtesy of the CTO

Top Stories

Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

  Sixteen million Yemenis, more than half the population of the Arabian Peninsula country - are going hungry. Of those, five million are on the...

Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; one woman dead, media say

Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule in towns and cities across the country, with...

Syria condemns ‘cowardly’ U.S. air strikes on Iran-backed militias

  Syria said U.S. air strikes against Iranian-backed militias in the east of the country yesterday were a cowardly act and urged President Joe Biden...

8 year old rescued after falling into five meter pit in Limassol

  An 8 year old boy was rescued in the Zakaki area of Limassol, after falling into a five meter pit this morning. According to the...

Obstetrician jailed in France for raping and assaulting 11 women

  A 49 year old obstetrician was sentenced to 12 years by the Ero criminal court in southern France, after being found guilty of raping...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...