The beautiful valley of Solea is situated along the main Lefkosia–Troodos road (56km from Lefkosia, 56km from Lemesos via Kato Amiantos). The picturesque mountain villages of Galata and Kakopetria are popular hillside resorts with a range of hotels and restaurants, but they also retain much of their traditional architecture. Both villages are famous for their Byzantine churches. Other charming villages in the area are Evrychou, Flasou and Korakou.
Kakopetria is a popular hill resort with a beautiful central square and many traditional houses that have been restored. The old quarter of the village is a listed area where old houses have been carefully restored or reconstructed. The small 16th century church of Panagia Theotokos still retains about half of its original wall paintings. The same applies to the church of Agios Georgios Perachoritis, to the east of the village dating to the early 16th century.
The Church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis
The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis (St. Nicholas of the Roof) stands about 5km from Kakopetria. It once belonged to a monastery complex. It is covered entirely in wall paintings dating from the 11th to the 17th centuries and is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island. It derives its name from its pitched wooden roof. The church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5km from Kakopetria village
There are four painted churches in and around the village of Galata:
1. Nearby is the church of Panagia Podithou, which once belonged to a monastery. It was built in 1502. Its paintings are of the Italo- Byzantine style, which appeared on the island towards the end of the 15th century. The church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. The church of the Archangelos Michael, or Panagia Theotokos, is a timber-roofed chapel, just below the village, painted in the post-Byzantine style of the early 16th century.
3. The church of Agios Sozomenos, which stands in the middle of the old village, dates to the early 16th century and retains a complete series of frescoes in the post-Byzantine style.
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4. The small church of Agia Paraskevi on the old Kakopetria-Galata road has paintings dating to 1514.
Another interesting place worth a visit is the old Inn, "the Hani Kalliana", which has been restored.
PANAGIA ASINOU CHURCH
The Panagia Asinou Church is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a small church dedicated to the Virgin of “Phorbia”, with wall paintings dating from the 12th to the 17th century, which are considered to be some of the finest on the island. The name comes from an 11th century BC Greek city called Asine.
Nikitari village 5km southwest of Nikitari village, off the main Lefkosia-Troodos road
Try the local fresh water trout, - farmed in the area and served in many Troodos restaurants, it is a gastronomic delight!
Herbs festival: takes place in Korakou during May. Visitors can see the big variety of the indigenous herbs and get to know about their properties.
Traditional products festival: Take place in the month of September in Galata village