Kalopanagiotis, nestled in the Marathasa valley, within the northern part of the Troodos Mountain, stands as one of the most picturesque villages in both Nicosia District and Cyprus.
A leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets and narrow footpaths offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional charm of Kalopanagiotis. The village's architectural heritage is well-preserved, featuring houses with tiled rooftops and wooden balconies. Some of these structures have been restored and transformed into tourist accommodations, with support from the Department of Antiquities.
Kalopanagiotis is home to a multitude of churches and chapels, earning it the title of "the Byzantine destination of Cyprus". Among these, the village posesses two parish churches, Ayia Marina Church with its striking bell tower, and the Church of Panayia Theotokos (Church of Virgin Mary), as well as six smaller, charming chapels.
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis ("Saint John the Illuminator") serves as a significant draw for visitors. Located opposite the village, the monastery complex comprises three churches: the church of Saint Ioannis Lampadistis, Saint Irakleidios, and a smaller Latin chapel. While the precise founding period of the monastery remains uncertain, Saint Irakleidios chapel is estimated to date back to the 11th century, with Saint Ioannis' church added later, in the 12th century. The current structure reflects numerous restorations and additions carried out over the centuries. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with nine other Troodos area churches, the complex showcases unique wall paintings from the early 13th and 15th centuries.
For those seeking to immerse themselves in nature's beauty, a captivating option is to explore the natural trail encompassing Kalopanagiotis village and the surrounding Setrachos river valley. This linear trail spans 4 kilometers, commencing near Agios Ioannis church and meandering through vineyards and fruit trees. Along the route, notable attractions include the 17th-century Kykkos Watermill, the 16th-century Venetian bridge constructed from local stone, and the Sulphur Springs renowned for their healing properties since the Roman era. The trail culminates in the neighboring village of Oikos.
Given its numerous attractions and preservation efforts, Kalopanagiotis was recognized with the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) award in Cyprus, specifically in the category of Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites.