Mandria is a village located on the South-West coast of Cyprus in the Paphos district, less than ten miles from Paphos itself. Conveniently situated a 15 minute drive from Paphos Airport, Mandria is a fantastic location to enjoy rural Cypriot life away from the crowds without the hassle of long bus or taxi transfers.

The tiny village of Mandria (or, according to history, Mandrio) is thought to have been founded around 500 years ago by Turkish Cypriots who originally called it ‘green plain’ (‘Yesllona’) thanks to the variety of crops grown and its flat, coastal location.

The fertile regions around Mandria are surrounded by peanut, orange and clementine groves, and watermelon plantations where swallows swoop while the local farmers tend their crops beneath the backdrop of the distant Troodos mountains, enabling Mandria to provide a wonderfully relaxing contrast to the hustle and bustle of Paphos.

Mandria Greek Orthodox Church

Mandria is also an ideal base from which to explore the Paphos area, with its four championship golf courses, ancient ruins, watersports, spas and nightlife within a few short miles and giving easy access to the motorway. Alternatively, if you prefer not to hire a car during your visit, you will find everything you need for a relaxing holiday on your doorstep within the village itself, including a small minimarket, an Italian restaurant, a fish and chip restaurant, four traditional Cypriot tavernas and a few local churches.

Local Views

Local food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced, and there are various annual events within the village, including saints days and the famous Peanut Festival in September, which are ideal for getting to know the locals.

A local bus route runs directly into Paphos for day trips, visits to the famous harbour and sightseeing – or, for those who wish to explore further afield, a 65 minute drive brings you to the Troodos Mountains, an ideal winter ski destination, or a 45 minute drive to the second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol. There’s even the chance to take time out with a two-day cruise to Egypt from Limassol to visit Cairo and see the pyramids.

In 30 minutes you can stroll to the secluded coves of Mandria Bay, an unspoilt shingle beach with warm, shallow water, perfect for relaxing away from the usual tourist traps.