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Miliou

Miliou Holidays

Want to enjoy the attractions that holidays to Cyprus offer, without staying in a busy resort? Then Miliou is the destination for you. It's a tiny village with just over 80 residents, and its small stone houses will make you instantly fall in love with it. It offers views over a glorious valley and, as it's a rural village, you can expect a slow pace and simple amenities. The best part is that, while you may feel far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life during Miliou holidays, you're only a 35-minute drive from the city of Paphos.

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Visit a traditional watermill

Just outside Miliou lies a 200-year-old watermill called Kouyiouka. The passionate staff aim to educate visitors about the region's culture and traditions, focusing on local produce and ways of life. The Bread, Wine and Olive Oil Museum will give you a unique perspective into how the land and its people work together. Once you've toured the museum, you can settle down for the best part: eating. At the watermill, they bake fresh bread, and make honey and olive oil. Also on offer is Cypriot coffee and healing herbal teas. After eating, you can follow signs to Skarfos – a bridge from the 1600s.

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Hike around the local area

As you can imagine, the villagers in Miliou take enormous pride in the surrounding landscape. Wherever you walk, you'll be greeted by the wonderful smell of orange and almond trees. There are olive groves to explore, too.

The area has many hiking trails to follow, and the majestic Troodos Mountains are a short drive away. The best part about walking in Miliou is the birdlife; the village is a nesting side for nightingales, so you may hear them singing as you walk. The Caledonia Falls trail – one of the most popular hikes in the Troodos Mountains – is a one-hour drive away from Miliou.

Eat like a local

Staying in a small village like Miliou means it's easy to get to know the locals – especially as there's only one restaurant. It's a laid-back place where most of the locals socialise and eat the evenings, so you can guarantee the quality of the food is great. If you want somewhere a bit busier, try the square in Polis or the harbour-side restaurants in the village of Latchi. Dishes to try include mezes, moussaka and freshly-caught seafood. If you want food for picnics, Giolou village is the place to go, as there aren't any shops in Miliou itself.

Venture out to neighbouring beaches

Miliou doesn't have its own beach, but a 15-minute drive takes you to a stunning stretch of coastline at Latchi. This long beach has everything from waterfront bars and tavernas to water sports centres – the clear waters make for great snorkelling conditions. You may spot octopuses and scorpion fish darting around the underwater rocks.

If you're a keen diver, you'll love diving to the Zenobia Wreck – one of the best wrecks to explore in the world. All in all, the Paphos region has more than 50km of coastline, including 12 Blue Flag beaches. The closest sandy beach to Miliou is Coral Bay.

Have a day out in Paphos

Miliou holidays mean you can enjoy a peaceful stay while venturing into busier cities like Paphos. It's 35 minutes away by car, and has everything from extravagant shopping centres and classy bars to UNESCO-listed heritage sites. The Tomb of the Kings should be top of your list; it's a 4th-century burial chamber. You can also see what's left of the Temple of Aphrodite and an Ottoman castle. If you want a fun night out, Paphos is the place to go. Bar Street is home to the liveliest clubs and bars, and you should try some of the local wines while you're there, too.

Enjoy family days out

Miliou holidays have plenty of fun activities for the whole family – namely the Aphrodite Waterpark and Paphos Zoo. The Aphrodite Waterpark is one of the biggest attractions in Cyprus and has nearly 20 rides. Get your adrenaline going with high-speed plunges, float along a mile-long Lazy River, and drift beneath waterfalls and fountains. For something more sedate, head to Paphos Zoo. With a range of gardens and ponds, you can see lots of animals including tigers, monkeys, giraffes and white lions. There's also over 200 species of birds, including birds of prey.

Miliou, Cyprus is a heavenly place to holiday. You can get to know local Cypriots and eat traditional foods, or head out to livelier cities, like Paphos, to soak up the party atmosphere and sample local wines. When you're not relaxing on the beach or venturing to historical sites, you can take the opportunity to hike surrounding trails and enjoy the serene tranquillity of the region.