Kato Drys, Larnaca District, Cyprus.  Properly delightful...

Kato Drys, Larnaca District, Cyprus. Properly delightful...

Kato Drys is a small traditional Cypriot village in the Larnaca District of Cyprus.

Tucked off the main road to the tourist trap that’s Lefkara, Kato Drys is a sleepy but beautiful village.

The village is clearly concious of its charm with signs everywhere asking people not to drop litter. For Cypriots, that’s a bit like asking taxi drivers to drive sensibly, but hey…

Our advice? Give Lefkara a miss and heck out Kato Drys instead.

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  1. Kato Drys is one of the most important traditional village of Larnaka. It’s a community whose historical proofs are much older than the Frankish rule, and it has the undisputable advantage of historical evolution, which is long and simultaneously rich in images and experiences.
    The houses of this traditional architecture are not ghosts from a previous Age but live proofs of the potential to keep the village character alive. A significant example is the old Gabriel’s house that has been renewed. This house is architecturally very interesting. To repair the house, traditional materials were used. It is now a monument of older times. The traditional home as an expression of genuine creation, filled with centuries’ tradition, is worth being conserved and studied. more info …

  2. Kato Drys is located in the South-west of the city of Larnaca (Cyprus). It borders with the villages of Pano Lefkara (4 km), Kato Lefkara (4 km), and Vavla (6 km).
    It stands in the middle of three cities. The distance from Nicosia is 50 kilometres while from Larnaca and Limassol it is only 36 kilometres. It also stands at a distance of 25 kilometres from Governor’s Beach.
    It is built at an average altitude of 520 meters above sea level.
    The hilly terrain of the village with its narrow, deep valleys is fragmented by the “Agios Minas” river, more info. . .

  3. Kato Drys or Kato Dhrys. The origin of its name and a general history.
    There are two interpretations regarding how the village got its name. The first one says that the village took its name from the many “Dryes” (plural, means “oaks”) that existed in it.
    A second interpretation reports that -many years ago -there were two villages, Pano Drys and Kato Drys (Upper and Lower Drys), a large oak-tree standing between the two villages.
    The village existed under the same name during the Frank domination era and it is found marked as Catodi. Some researchers believe it is possible that the village is identical with the one reported by Georgios Voustronios as “the village Kakotrygitis”, which -along with the villages of Vavla, Kornokipos, Lympia, and Arsos of Mesaoria -had been given by the King of Cyprus Jacob II to the nobleman Maurizio di Constanzo when he became the Admiral of Cyprus. It is also reported that the village was granted to another nobleman, Fabricio Gentile, father of Gabriel Gentile, who was a doctor of the King of Cyprus, Jacob II (1460-1473), the village soon after returning to the King’s estate -according to De Mas Latri. More info …

  4. Lefkara – Kato Drys Nature Trail
    This cross-country trail links Pano Lefkara and Kato Drys villages, connects with the Pano Lefkara – Metamorfosis tou Sotiros Church trail and offers excellent views all around.Start Point :P ano Lefkara, End Point: Kato Drys
    Category 3: High degree of difficulty. Route with difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), course along particularly rough and/or slippery, and/or narrow, and/or steep terrain. Suitable for adults in very good to excellent fitness levels. Unsuitable for young children. Trip Length: 2 Km, Estimated Duration:1 hour

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