Viklari the Last Castle: The Hidden Gem in Cyprus

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Do you want to see a really cool place for lunch? Then you have to go to Viklari, The Last Castle in the disctrict of Paphos, Cyprus.

Well known by all locals for great food and even better views, this secret hot spot is a short drive away in Akamas Peninsula

Don’t get put off by the rough road that takes you there, it will be well worth the drive. 

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but wait until you walk in!

You’re greeted by an outstanding view on the side, and through a beautiful stone-lined walkway, you enter the restaurant area covered with vines.

(if you want to book your table and get location details, scroll to the bottom of the article)

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Everything in here is as rustic as it gets and I couldn’t love it more! The vines provide a lovely shade and reflect like a disco ball a beautiful mosaic on the floor.

It is beautifully green in spring and summer, definitely, the best time to visit!

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When we were there, the grapes were just getting ripe and the vine provided nice shelter from the midday heat.

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We called a day earlier and booked a big table with a view – a must if you want to make it there for lunch in summer, this place gets really busy even on weekdays.

We started with some house wine, served – how else – than in a rustic jug.

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This is no place for picky eaters – the restaurant only serves one menu and lunch only, you choose either chicken or pork (or mixed).

It comes with gigantic chips, freshly prepared salad, some bread and of course wine!

The food is good quality, I would say even better than you get in most restaurants in Paphos (especially in the harbour area).

The salad is rather simple but very fresh. Good fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong with those.

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Everyone is very friendly and this place is popular, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

If you have some spare time, you might like to visit Avakas Gorge, there is a turn towards it when you leave the restaurant.

Viklari, the Last Castle – Cyprus


opening hours: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

contact+357 26 991088 for bookings

Facebook page: here

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Lucia has spent 6.5 years living in Cyprus, and writing about all the local gems and beautiful places the island has to offer. On Cyprus Escapes, she shares her discoveries to help travellers plan an unforgettable trip to Cyprus.

10 thoughts on “Viklari the Last Castle: The Hidden Gem in Cyprus”

  1. Hello there ! Thank you for the blogs and post they are much appreciated 🙂 🙂

    We are a couple from Iceland and just bought our first apartment in Cyprus since we are in love with Cyprus too! 🙂

    We have a facebook site where we are posting all kinds about Cyprus and plan to rent out our apartment there as well.

    We want to repost some of your posts on our facebook site if it´s okay with you, but also want to know if it´s okay for us to translate them to Icelandic so everyone will understand. – You would get full credit of course and we would link it to your post and webiste.

    Please let us know your thoughts 🙂

    With kind regards from Iceland,
    Jóna and Óskar

    • Hi Jóna and Óskar
      thank you for reaching out! I’m happy and flattered to hear you want to share my content and I have no objections.
      I have been to Island a few years ago and I have to say I love the country. Friendly people, breathtaking nature and the food!!!! =) I can’t wait to come back to do a full on tour with all the highlights.

      Please let me know what your Facebook page is so I can share it on my social accounts too! Happy to help =)

      Thank you for getting in touch and asking so nicely to use my photos!

      Wishing you a lovely day!


  2. Hi there

    We’re coming out from England next week and have been recommended to your restaurant. Wondered when you were open and how we might be able to book a table?



  3. Hi we’re coming out in may and are keen to have a meal as been recommended is the restaurant accessible walking or just buy car from Paphos harbour

    • Hi Pete
      it’s only accessible by car or quadbike. It’s at the entrance to Akamas Peninsula.
      You should also book ahead as they tend to get very busy and are only open for lunch.

    • You can have a wedding reception there. If you want to have the wedding ceremony, the only legal way is to get an Anglican priest or Orthodox priest over there.
      If you want just a town hall wedding, you need to check with Paphos Town hall if they will be happy to do it there. There is an extra fee for ceremonies outside the town hall, I believe it was around 200 eur.
      I’ve seen pictures from a wedding reception at Viklari and it does look lovely. Keep in mind please that the road up hill to the restaurant is full of bumps and holes, so I would not recommend driving up there with a fancy car.
      Also for a wedding reception in there, once it gets dark there are almost no lights along the road and limited lighting in the restaurant, worth thinking about if you’re taking pictures later on.


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