After two hours of walking through the dense and picturesque streets of the village, one cannot but admit that Kato Drys is one of the leading traditional villages in Cyprus.
The charming element of the village is obvious from the very first moment you come across the little rocky streets which are full of coziness and vivid colors.
As you continue walking, the atmosphere becomes even more scenic when you come by the uniquely painted walls of the old houses.
You simply cannot but greet every local, who turns to you saying the all-time-classic “YIA SOU”. Shockingly friendly! In Kato Drys, people are kind enough to invite you for coffee, even if they only met you the previous moment. Their hospitality cannot but welcome every visitor who happens to travel around the area. The warm and welcoming attitude of the locals, leaves the best impression to the traveler who very soon feels like home.
Life in Kato Drys is simple and open. Just as open as the open doors of the local houses, which indicate the extremely high level of safety of the particular area of the island.
Kato Drys is located in the South-west of Larnaca city and stands in the middle of three cities, namely Nicosia (50 km), Limassol (36 km) and Larnaka city center (35 km). It borders with the villages of Lefkara and Vavla.
The hilly terrain of the village with its narrow, deep valleys is fragmented by the “Ayios Minas” river. One of the most famous monasteries in Cyprus, that of Saint Minas, is located a few minutes away from the center of the village, so if you happen to be a religious person, drop by the convent and you will be amazed.
It is worth mentioning that the main interpretation behind the name of Kato Drys, reports that the village took its name from the many “Dryes” (meaning “oaks”) that existed in it. Nowadays, the village has 130 permanent inhabitants. In recent years, the emigrants started to recondition their houses while many locals are buying old houses and are restoring them.
Another magnificent point of interest in the area is the local Museum of Folk Art. A great traditional spot, for anyone who is curious to learn how Cypriot houses used to look like in the past. The museum is housed in a traditional house in Kato Drys which initially belonged to Gabriel and Eleni Papachristoforou and is now under the protection of the Department of Antiquities.
The house is a typical specimen of local architecture from the 19th century. It is stone-made with five ground-floor rooms and an upper-level room, an indoor, enclosed yard with an oven, and a roofed passage with an arch that leads to the large gateway, which opens toward the road.
Although simple, it was quite a luxuriant house for its time, belonging to a wealthy family that owned land and received a decent income through its crops.
Small but vivid, traditional but elegant, the village of Kato Drys is a true ornament of the island of Cyprus, highly recommended to locals and foreigners.
And one final, very important tip: If you happen to visit the village, do not miss the chance to talk to a local “yiayia”. Be sure that the stories from the past she will tell you along with the authentic smile on her face will definitely be worth remembering!