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Geroskipou (Yeroskipou)

Nestled just 3.5 km east of Paphos lies Geroskipou (or Yeroskipou), a vibrant coastal village with approximately 8,000 residents. 

Despite its village-like charm, Geroskipou boasts all the amenities of a small modern city, making it a wonderful place in Paphos for travelers seeking a mix of history, culture, and relaxation.

A Taste of Tradition: Loukoumia and More

Geroskipou is renowned for producing “Lokum” (or Turkish delight), a confectionery delight known as loukoumia or Turkish delight. 

Yeroskipou is the exclusive location globally recognized for its protected geographical indication (PGI) for this delightful confectionery.

Stroll through the town and sample these delectable sweets, available in various flavors and often adorned with pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts.

Myth and Legend: The Gardens of Aphrodite

According to local tradition, Geroskipou was once home to the sacred gardens of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. 

The town’s name, derived from the Greek words “yeros” (holy) and “kipou” (garden), reflects its mythological significance. 

Ancient pilgrims en route to the temple of Aphrodite in Kouklia would pass through Yeroskipou, adding to its mystical allure.

Cultural Treasures: Museums and Churches

Explore Yeroskipou’s rich cultural heritage at the Local Ethnographic Museum of Geroskipou in the traditional 18th-century House of Hadjismith. 

Admire the collection of traditional arts and objects, offering a glimpse into Cyprus’s history and culture. 

Don’t miss the Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, which dates back to the 9th century and is renowned for its historical and architectural significance.

Family Fun and Recreation

For a day of family-friendly fun, visit the Aphrodite Water Park, which offers a range of attractions and activities for families with kids. 

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a mini-golf course.

The beaches of Yeroskipou are among the finest in Paphos, while Rikkos Beach and Yeroskipou Municipal Beach, a local favorite, provide excellent facilities and accessibility for all visitors.

Gastronomic Delights and Accommodations

Indulge in authentic Cypriot cuisine at the taverns and restaurants along the main street, or savor a sweet treat from Aphrodite Delights, a local family business specializing in Lokum and other delicacies.

Yeroskipou also boasts some of the best hotels in the Paphos district, including the Leonardo Cypria Bay Hotel and The Ivi Mare, ensuring travelers a comfortable stay.

Easy Access and Convenience

With Paphos International Airport just 10 km away, getting to Geroskipou is convenient for travelers arriving by air.

Public transport, like buses (bus 601), connects Yeroskipou to Paphos, making it easy to explore the surrounding area. 

Whether you’re seeking cultural experiences, gastronomic delights, or a relaxing beach getaway, Yeroskipou offers a delightful escape on the shores of Cyprus.

Plan Your Visit to Yeroskipou Today!

Experience the charm of Geroskipou and discover why this coastal gem is a must-visit destination in Cyprus. 

From its rich history and cultural heritage to its scenic beaches and gastronomic delights, Geroskipou offers travelers of all ages a memorable experience outside the city canter of Paphos. 

Start planning your trip to Geroskipou and create lasting memories in this enchanting village by the sea!

Geroskipou (Yeroskipou)
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Yeroskipou Village
Location3.5 km east of Paphos, Cyprus
PopulationApproximately 8,000
Size15 square kilometers (including neighboring Colony village)
Main Attractions
  • Folk Art Museum
  • Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi
  • Production of “Lokum” (Loukoumia or Turkish delight)
  • Beaches, including Rikkos Beach
Entertainment
  • Bars, cafes, and restaurants along the main street
  • 7 St. George Tavern
  • Costas Colony Tavern
  • Aphrodite water park
  • Mini golf course
Hotels
  • Leonardo Cypria Bay Hotel
  • Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa
  • The Ivy Mare Hotel

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