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Miliou in Cyprus

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Miliou is one of the smallest villages in Cyprus and has a population of about 60. It is also one of the greenest villages in the area, thanks to an abundant supply of spring water, surrounded by citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards. In early spring the almond blossom is a spectacular sight and the orange and lemon trees are laden with fruit.

With far-reaching mountain and valley views and unspoiled countryside, Miliou is a delightful rural setting, perfect for long walks and for those who love nature and bird watching as the village is renowned as a nesting site for nightingales.

Best time to visit

This area has long, hot and dry summers. Winters are relatively mild making it a year round destination with just some rain between December and February. If you’re interested in seeing Mother Nature’s spectacular show of spring flowers, then visit between the beginning of March and the end of May. The aroma of the surrounding pine and lemon groves, brought in by the cool valley breeze, provides relief from the hot Cypriot sun. The main bird migrations, when a wide variety of species may be seen, take place in spring and autumn (April-June & September-October). Click here for more climate information for Phapos City (45 minute drive from Milou) in Cyprus.

What to do in the neighbourhood

The nearest supermarket to Miliou is about four kilometres away. The beaches, tavernas, market and shops of Polis and Latchi are about a 15-minutes drive away, and another few minutes will take you to the edge of the Akamas peninsula. The Troodos Mountains and the Paphos forest (home of the moufflon, the island's indigenous mountain sheep) are close by.

Where to stay

Right next door to the springs is the restored monastery of Agii Anargyri which is now being used as a spa hotel. The monastery was built in 1649 and is said to be one of the first ever on the island. It was founded by two brothers who used to care for the sick and dying without taking any payment for it. It is said that this is how the monastery got its name, from the Greek meaning ‘without payment’. The hotel provides the means to benefit from the time-tested remedies of the mineral rich waters which flow here.

The establishment is situated in lush greenery with beautiful orange trees. The rooms very well equipped and clean. It is an adults only hotel and on they receive a great average rating of 8.5.

How to get there 

In general travelling by train, coach or car (from 2 people) is more sustainable. It's possible to travel by train and ferry from the UK (or anywhere in Europe) to Cyprus, an exciting journey across Europe and the Mediterranean, although expect it to take at least 5 days. There are three options, each explained here:

This article was last updated on November 21, 2022.