Village Route Three – Famagusta District
Set in the Famagusta District, the Red Earth and Windmills route lies in the southern part of the district that has not been occupied by Turkish forces during the 1974 invasion and goes through many of the Kokkinochoria (red villages) – a name derived from the red colour of this area’s soil. A trade mark of the area is the many windmills that turn hurriedly in the fields and the yards of old and modern houses. We invite you on this route to discover the real Cyprus away from the busy cosmopolitan centres. The route offers the surprise of an old quiet chapel in the middle of a busy village square, visits to folkloric museums where you can travel back in time, as well as a view of occupied Famagusta. If you like walking, or cycling, the Red Earth and Windmills route includes many walk paths and bicycle trails that take you through the exceptionally beautiful nature park at the tip of the peninsula.
This booklet has been created to provide you with the information you need to experience the real Cyprus: what to do, see, where to eat and where to buy local crafts and products. Roads are smooth and well signposted to ensure an easy drive and a truly memorable visit. You can go right around in a day, you can do part of the route in one day and part on another, or you can break your journey as you wish. Where possible we have given dates of village festivals and other special events. If dates are not shown, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) or your travel representative can help you.
From Larnaca: take A3 motorway to Agia Napa and exit at Potamos Liopetriou. Start your tour here.
From Limassol: take A5 to Larnaca and from there A3 to Agia Napa. Exit Potamos Liopetriou. Start your tour here.
Approximate length and driving time of route from starting point (Potamos Liopetriou) to finish point (Liopetri), not including side routes: 41.20km – 53 minutes.
Main Route includes the following Villages or stops:
Potamos Liopetriou, Agia Napa, Cavo Greco, Protaras, Paralimni, Dherynia, Sotira, Liopetri.