Liopetri is also situated in the south-eastern corner of Cyprus around 15 minutes drive from Protaras. It is one of the villages commonly known as the “Kokkinoxoria” which means “red soil” and is a characteristic of all the villages on this part of the island. This soil is famous for its fertility and is said to grow the best potatoes.
Liopetri has adapted from the small fishing village it use to be and now is a picturesque setting with natural beauty, deserted mines and wild plantation.
From the river there is a rock that the locals call “karavopetra” and has a spring of potable water next to it. The serene blue sea, the forest and the chapel of Saint George compose a unique landscape.
The river is also used as a natural fishing bay by professional and amateur fishermen as well as small tourist boats because of its shape. Fishermen mend their nets during the daytime and in the evening venture out to see who can get the best catch.
In Liopetri you can also see the on-going tradition of basket-weaving. Visitors can also admire what is left of an old Venetian watch tower, see a 16th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the church of Ayios Andronikos from the 15th century with its octagonal dome and murals.
The river of Liopetri with its unique setting remained unexploited for many years. Recently the Government and the Community Council have scheduled and approved projects regarding its improvement.