Things to do in Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Pyrgos is a relatively quiet place, but that doesn't mean that there is nothing to do here, on the contrary. There are attractions and activities to keep you busy in Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias. There are also options for day trips from Kato Pyrgos.

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias Panagia Galoktisti Chapel

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Things to do in Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Swim in the crystal clear waters around Pyrgos

Visit Savvas Birds and Animals Park

Visit the little church of Panagia Galoktisti

Visit the Medieval Observation Post of Kato Pyrgos Tillirias

Walk in the forest surrounding Kato Pyrgos

Enjoy fresh fish at a fish tavern or a Cyprus coffee in the village's central square

Day trips and excursions from Kato Pyrgos

Day trip from Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias to Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus

Day trip from Kato Pyrgos to Paphos or Polis Chrysochous

A must-do excursion: visit the Holy Monastery of Kykkos

Swim in the crystal clear waters around Pyrgos

There are a few organized beaches, but there are also some tiny, deserted beaches awaiting to discover and enjoy your sea bath in complete privacy.

 

Visit Savvas Birds and Animals Park

Located in a very nice location near Kato Pyrgos, the park is very beautiful and interesting to visit. The cordial welcome from the owners and caregivers makes the experience even more pleasant. The park is open every day, from 9 in the morning until 7 in the afternoon.

 

Visit the little church of Panagia Galoktisti

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it has small pieces of frescoes dating back to the 12th and 14th
The tradition and myth say that when the sheep of the shepherds in the area were dying from serious infection and disease. As this was the main occupation of the people at that time, they were in despair and prayed to the Virgin Mary to help them. So, when the disease passed and the sheep were cured with the help and Grace of the Virgin Mary, they built this chapel dedicated to Her to show their gratitude. They built the small church using milk instead of water for the cement. So its name, Panagia Galoktisti, means church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, built with milk.

Two more chapels, dedicated to Prophet Elias and Saint Stylianos also deserve your visit. They are small little chapels, but they are built in the beautiful nature, and visiting them is a nice walk in the forest with beautiful views of the forest, the village, and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Visit the Medieval Observation Post of Kato Pyrgos Tillirias

Partly restored in recent years, the observation post lies on a small hill on the beach. It was built by the Byzantines to observe for approaching Arabic pirate ships, the infamous Saracen pirates. Saracens used to raid the area of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, destroying everything and looting during the Medieval period. Climb up the steps to the top of the hill and the partly restored observatory and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea. If the day is very clear without humidity, you can even see the mountains of Turkey, which is about 100km away, to the north.

 

Walk in the forest surrounding Kato Pyrgos

There are Nature trails, but there are also a lot of dirt roads to walk. You will see many birds of Cyprus, and if you are lucky, you will see partridges running in front of you, and if you are really lucky you may also see mouflons or agrina, the native wild sheep of Cyprus, running and climbing at incredible speed uphill the mountains. Combine your walk with a visit to any or all the beautiful chapels of Kato Pyrgos. Of them, Panagia Galoktisti is one of the main attractions of Kato Pyrgos.

 

Enjoy fresh fish

Pyrgos is very well known for the fresh fish you can enjoy here. From the small, beautiful fishing port the fishing boats start every morning before dawn and bring daily fresh fish for everybody to enjoy. There are a few nice fish tavernas around the fishing port, and in other places around Pyrgos where you can sit and eat really fresh fish.

Go for a fishing trip or for an exploration of the shore of the area, by hiring a boat from the small fishing port of Kato Pyrgos.

 

Enjoy a Cyprus coffee or a beer

Visit one of the coffee shops in the central square of Kato Pyrgos, like all the locals do, to enjoy your Cyprus coffee. Admire the enormous oak more than twenty meters high which gives shade to the square. One of Kato Pyrgos hallmarks.

 

Day trips and excursions from Kato Pyrgos

An easy way to enjoy an excursion from Kato Pyrgos is to use the village’s bus service. There are daily routes to three directions, Nicosia, Polis Chrysochous and Paphos, and Kykkos Monastery. All three of them give you a good opportunity for an interesting and nice day trip or excursion.

The idea is to take the bus early in the morning, use it to go to the place that interests you, and then return to Pyrgos using the same bus on its return route. If there is a minus point to this, is the fact that the buses leave from Kato Pyrgos very early in the morning. For example, the bus to Polis and Paphos starts at 3+30 in the morning, which is, as you understand, a deep night. The return to Kato Pyrgos starts from Paphos (Karavella Bus Station) at 14+30 noon, so you have about half a day to explore either Kato Paphos or Paphos Old Town.

To make the best arrangements for your excursion, visit the website of Pyrgos Buses for more information about the routes and timetables of their buses.

 

Day trip from Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias to Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus

There is a bus service connecting Kato Pyrgos with Nicosia. The route goes through the occupied areas and takes less than 90 minutes. A good opportunity to take a glimpse of the occupied areas and visit the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia. You must have your ID or passport when crossing through the Green Line in the occupied area of Cyprus. Nicosia offers many options for a visitor, like shopping at one the Malls or other shops, visit museum and art galleries, and stroll in the Nicosia old town, where in addition to many interesting attractions there are many very good restaurants and cafeterias to eat or just have a refreshment.

 

Day trip from Kato Pyrgos to Paphos or Polis Chrysochous

In the same way, take the bus connecting Kato Pyrgos with Paphos. Go all the way until Paphos or stay at Polis which is a trip about 40 minutes shorter. Read our dedicated articles about what to do in Paphos, what to do in Kato Paphos, and what to do in Polis, to decide where you prefer to go. Or take the bus twice and visit two of these places.

 

Excursion to Kykkos Monastery

Finally, there is a bus service connecting Kato Pyrgos with Kykkos Monastery. You can take advantage of this for a day excursion to visit the monastery, which is one of the most historical, significant, and ancient monasteries of Cyprus. At the monastery admire the wonderful icons, frescoes and mosaics of the monastery, and buy red zivania, which is only produced at the monastery. This is a highly recommended excursion.

 

 

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