Kythrea (Degirmenlik) Vacation Travel Guide

Just 15km north east of the bustling Cypriot capital, the tranquil village of Kythrea is a world away in spirit. Kythrea, also known as Degirmenlik, is the largest of a string of traditional mud brick villages that lines the fast flowing mountain stream which runs between Nicosia and the ancient city of Famagusta.

Kythrea occupied a vital strategic role throughout the last century; grinding the lion's share of the capital's corn. Further evidence of the village's historic importance was recently discovered by a local farmer whose plough unearthed a statue of the Roman emperor Septimus Severus (now on display in Nicosia's archaeological museum). Today the village is largely built around tourism which is at its height from May to September. It's a photogenic spot and a great place to get a taste of local village life with an increasingly active nightlife and traditional dances held year round. Although it is not the most active place to travel to in Cyprus, it can be a great escape for those in search of a place to laze in the sun writing postcards and dine on the waterfront.

If you time your visit for spring; the surrounding meadowland erupts in a colourful riot of wildflowers, while the April rains cloak the hills with fragrant morning mists. This is northern Cyprus at its best; a pastoral idyll that blends the region's Hellenic past with a flavour of the Turkish East. In the height of tourist season Kythrea remains an oasis of calm and provides welcome respite form the pace of the nearby towns of Nicosia and Famagusta and form the aridity of the surrounding countryside.