Episkopi is a lovely traditional Cyprus village built on the west side of the Ezousas River. It is situated 12 kilometres from Paphos, 14 kilometres from the sea. The surroundings of Episkopi are characterized by a beautiful landscape with lots of citrus trees. It is an idyllic location on the east bank of the Ezousa river surrounded by greenery, as the trees by the riverbank, having an abundant supply of water, have grown dense and lofty. The village entrance is marked by a steep rock that dominates the village and the valley underneath. Few metres away is the Saint Ilarion Church (Agios Ilarion) that dates back to 1192 (Frankish period). According to tradition, the Saint led an ascetic life in this craggy location. The cave where he lived and died in 371 AD watches over the settlement. In the village there is also a chapel of Archangelou Michael and the new church of Saint Ilarionas.
A stroll around the village reveals to visitors that the traditional core of the village remains unchanged. The old stone drinking fountain with its characteristic arches still stands. The narrow, often steep, streets follow the natural gradient of the land and the houses are build in the local greyish-brown limestone. The village environmental information centre is surrounded by a botanical garden where the significant plants of the area, organised in thematic groups (habitats, endemics, bulbs, rare plants) may be seen. There are also many other plants typical of Cyprus which are not found in the Ezousa valley, as well as geological specimens from the main geological formations of the valley.
Activities and Places of Interest
Go for picnic on the east bank of the Ezousa river. Go for climbing at the Episkopi rock. Walk the nature trail Episkopi - Kallepeia village (linear) - Starting Point: 200 m from Episkopi Environmental center, birdwatching, photography, painting, Minthis Hill and Tsada Golf courts are only 6 kms away, nearest beach is only 15 minutes away, follow the Wine Routes no 2 (Vouni - Ambelitis) and 3 (Diarizos valley). Visit Episkopi Environmental Information center (Opening hours:June - February: 09:00-14:00 Monday - Friday, March - May: 09:30-14:00 Monday - Saturday)
2 coffee shops, taverns are available in the nearby villages of Nata and Konia.
Pafos Airport: 14.6 km
Larnaka Airport: 131 km
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