Imagine a house in the countryside, the luxury of silence, a small swimming pool just in front of your doorstep and silence all around: welcome to Skarinou!
Cyprus is very well known for its beautiful coasts and beach resorts, but there’s so much more to see and do on the island. And more kinds of accommodation than just beachfront hotels.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves beach hotels, but who loves to feel like a number in the mass? Well I don’t and I am sure most of you will agree with me.
Cyprus can get really crowded on summer – most of the visitors come from the UK, Northern Europe and Russia – and I didn’t really think of this when I decided to pay a visit to the island.
I mean I know I chose the wrongest moment to travel across the Middle East in general, as the temperatures are hotter than hell, but I was aware of this since the beginning and prepared.
So when the CTO (Cyprus Tourism Organization) kindly booked me an apartment at the Skarinou Village I felt lucky. I must admit that getting there wasn’t easy at first, as I insisted on taking the coastal road instead of the highway, so I got lost a couple of times. But this was entirely my fault! The following night I took the highway from Larnaka and I was in my room in less than half an hour.
The accommodation at Skarinou Village comes in traditional stone houses, made with local and recycled materials.
The stones are fixed with no cement, but only with local soil mixed with water. The walls are 50 cm thick and were originally built by two workers simultaneously from the two sides, with a unique system of interlocked stones at the center.
The roofs are made with local wood and hay.
A particular attention is given to saving energy – the apartments come with a/c and all, but it’s up to you if you want to use it or not. For example, the owners and staff don’t use it at the office. Also bear in mind that being on the hills the place is not humid and there is always some refreshing wind! You can just leave the window open and you’ll be fine.
The structure is addressed to non mass tourism, and it’s intended to be a place where a visitor can find authenticity and the true heart of Cyprus.
The Skarinou Village was opened in 1997, and now offers about 10 apartments for rates as low as €65 per night per apartment in self catering basis. Breakfast and half board are on request.
Last but not least, the highway is just a few minutes away so the location is very convenient to move around the island. The highway is toll free and with very clear indications.
Find more info about this kind of accommodation in Cyprus here!
I would suggest everyone to stay at an agritourism (farm stay) in Cyprus – it is well worth the extra 20 minutes drive after a day at the beach… would you agree?
Disclaimer: the stay at the Skarinou Village was kindly offered by the CTO – Cyprus Tourism Organization. Thanks! Opinions of course are my own.