Despite being one of the oldest and prettiest villages, with probably the best climate on the island and only 45 minutes from the capital only a handful of locals have remained in the village of Spilia. Despite the village’s small size, a stop over is worth it, especially since it is the home of one of the best village restaurants in Cyprus (Sama, see below).
Where to Eat
Fantastic place in an old house right at the entrance of the village. Originally it was built to be a coffee place on the top floor, a restaurant on the lower floor and a bar next to that, but due to its popularity all the rooms are now being used as a restaurant. Its cozy, homely and comfy décor look more like a chalet or a cottage. The menu is fixed and the food is proper Cypriot, often including “kleftiko” (slow cooked lamp, pasticcio (traditional macaroni with béchamel) and other traditional dishes. The highlight (apart from the place itself), is the “portokalopitta” (orange pie).
Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Maria, the chef and her husband who is often taking care of the customers. It makes a visit to Spilia worth while.
What to do
It should take less than an hour to walk around the entire village. The old churches, especially Agios Antoniso church in the center of the village, are very picturesque, while the shoemaker museum could be intersting even though not worth the visit just for this (it is also closed on Sunday if you were planning to go for a weekend lunch).