Yeroskipou, Cyprus

Yeroskipou (also spelled Geroskipou) is a municipality located about 3.5 km east of Paphos.

Although many describe it as a village, Yeroskipou actually has all the amenities of a modern city, with a population of around 8,000 residents and an area of approximately 15 square kilometers (including the neighboring village, Koloni).

The area offers plenty of entertainment options, including bars, cafes, restaurants, and taverns such as 7 St. George’s Tavern and the famous Kostas Koloni Tavern.

Additionally, Paphos International Airport is conveniently situated just 10 km away!

Yeroskipou is also where you’ll find some of the best hotels in the Paphos district, including Leonardo Cypria Bay, Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris, and Ivi Mare Hotel.

8 Things to Do in Yeroskipou

Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou

Yeroskipou is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage, with one of its main attractions being the Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou.

This museum, founded in 1978, is housed in a traditional 18th-century building called the “House of Hadjismith”, which was originally part of a larger complex.

Inside, you’ll find a large collection of traditional art and artifacts from across Cyprus, some dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, offering insights into the local history.

The museum is open year-round (except on holidays), and admission is completely free!

Byzantine Church of Agia Paraskevi

Another site worth mentioning is the Byzantine Church of Agia Paraskevi, dating back to the 9th century. This church is renowned for its historical and architectural significance.

Aphrodite Water Park

Those seeking more thrilling attractions can visit Aphrodite Water Park or even the small Luna Park not too far from there.

Island Cove Adventure Mini Golf

Sports enthusiasts, on the other hand, can enjoy an 18-hole mini-golf course featuring small lakes, fountains, and palm trees.

C2 Paphos Casino

Yeroskipou is also the only place in Paphos district with a casino, although it may not be the largest or most exciting one.

Did you know: The name Yeroskipou comes from the Greek words ‘ieros’ meaning sacred and ‘kipou’ meaning garden. According to Greek mythology, this place was believed to be the location of the sacred gardens of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love.

Aphrodite Delights Factory

This small town is home to the renowned Cypriot sweet treat—Loukoumi.

These sweets (also known as Turkish Delights) are made from a mixture of sugar and cornstarch and come in a variety of colors and flavors, such as rose water, orange, or lemon.

In addition, they’re often adorned with pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts.

Aphrodite Delights is one of the standout shops, located right across from the Byzantine Church. This small, authentic family-run business specializes in the production of Loukoumi and other Cypriot delicacies that you can take home as a sweet souvenir.

You can also book a tour of one of their factories, which includes a demonstration of the production process and a variety of tastings.

Avgoustinos Pottery

If you’re interested in pottery, a visit to the nearby Avgoustinos Pottery shop is highly recommended. Here, you can learn the basics of pottery making, enjoy a cup of coffee, and purchase local souvenirs.

Yeroskipou Municipal Beach

The beaches in Yeroskipou are considered some of the best in Paphos.

Recently, the 4 km long coastline has undergone significant development, including the construction of new facilities, improved road lighting, and various aesthetic upgrades.

Rikkos Beach is a particularly popular spot among locals and tourists alike. The beach, which features a mix of pebbly and sandy areas, is well-connected to Paphos via public transport and offers free parking for those arriving by car.

Additionally, Rikkos Beach is accessible for people with disabilities and wheelchair users.

It also boasts a lovely restaurant and essential facilities such as showers, changing rooms, restrooms, and plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent.

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