Smart Villages support in Cyprus
The SR21 Country Page
information on Smart Villages in Cyprus
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
’Smart Rural Areas’ are ’Collaborating Rural Areas’ that design and implement Smart Local Strategies based on a participatory approach to promote their attractiveness as living and working areas.
Smart solution interventions, including smart agriculture interventions, are implemented, stemming from the needs of the local community. These interventions utilise digital technologies, where possible, to improve their resilience and so that sustainable development, social cohesion and environmental optimisation become characteristics of these areas.
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
The ‘Smart’ concept is strongly connected to digitalisation. High-speed network connectivity – 5G networks and fibre infrastructure – are considered by many stakeholders a necessity for achieving the concept of ‘smart’.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social cohesion is expected to become one of the major characteristics of Smart Rural Areas, as a result of relevant smart solution interventions.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment (Managing Authority)
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
- Smart Agriculture
- Smart energy
(e.g. through M4.1: Investments in Agri-sector, including activities for smart agriculture and smart farming; M7.3: Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Areas; M16.1: Cooperation)
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
National Rural Network (Department of Agriculture)
CAP Network support
No specific network activities on Smart Villages.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.
Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Cyprus on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Cyprus country page
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Smart Villages in Cyprus
Kalopanagiotis is located in the Troodos mountain range, in Marathasa Valley area of Nicosia District. Kalopanagiotis is one of the most beautiful resorts on the island with its sulphur springs, traditional architecture and panoramic valley views, and is ideal for agrotourism due its peaceful surroundings.
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis at Kalopanagiotis, is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and features three Byzantine churches with well-preserved frescos dating back to the 9th and up to the 15th century. Other interesting sights include the Venetian bridge and the Kykko watermill. The 16th century bridge was constructed from local stone and until recently served as the only access between the village and the monastery. The watermill has been declared a ‘cultural heritage monument’ by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities and is an imposing site, characteristic of the pre-industrial architectural period.
Kalopanagiotis’ charm with its old chapels and churches, the quaint, cobbled streets and footpaths that lead to beautiful nature trails should not be missed. Kalopanagiotis is located in the Troodos mountain range, in Marathasa Valley area of Lefkosia (Nicosia) district.
Kalopanagiotis is one of the most beautiful resorts on the island with its sulphur springs, traditional architecture and panoramic valley views, and is ideal for agrotourism due its peaceful surroundings.
The municipality of Athienou is in the south edge of Mesaoria plain. During the Ottoman occupation itused to be a mid-road junction connecting the port of Larnaka with the capital Lefkosia. In Athienou the following educational institutions operate: nursery center, kindergarten, two elementary schools and a three-class high school. Towards the intellectual and aesthetic polishing of the people, contribute the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum, housed in the Municipal Hall, the Municipal Library,Konstantinelenio Center for Adults and private art workshops. Athienou exhibits an intense cultural life. Main conveyors of cultural activities are the Municipal Cultural Society, the Cultural Association of Rea and the Cultural Association of Malloura with choirs, dance and drama groups. Apart from the cultural services of the ministry of Education and Culture great support to these cultural groups are provided from the municipal Authorities. The municipal authorities offer their premises’ halls for art exhibitions and lectures.Read more
Phini is one of the most picturesque villages in Cyprus and is built in a green environment in the Troodos Mountains at an average altitude of 920 meters, between steep slopes and high mountain peaks. The village is located 44 km northwest of the city of Limassol. It is connected in the northwest with the village of Agios Dimitrios, in the south with Kato Platres and in the east with Pano Platres. Much of its area is occupied by the forests of Troodos and Paphos. To the north of the village is the Monastery of Panagia Trooditissa and to the southwest is the church of Agioi Anargyroi which was a Monastery. The beauty and picturesqueness of the village is complemented by the waterfall of Phini, located in the green area of ”Chantara”.
The morphology of the soil and the limited arable land forced the inhabitants of Phini to engage in various other works in order to survive. Thus, over time, Phini became known for its pottery, the manufacture of traditional furniture and the manufacture of the local delight named “Phiniotiko Loukoumi”.
The local and traditional pottery is recognised as such and it is characterised as a “Cyprus Intangible Cultural Heritage” Activity from the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO.
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Last update: May 17, 2022