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Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Miliou Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Giolou, Theletra, Loukrounou, Kato Akourdaleia and Pano Akourdaleia villages.

The village is built at an average height of 270 metres above sea level. The height of the village means that the winters are mild and during the long hot Cyprus summer months, the village provides an ideal escape with a refreshing, cool climate.

Miliou Village has a long history which dates back over 700 years. The village lays claim to having built one of the first monasteries in Cyprus. Legend states that the first small monastery was built by two brothers who helped treat the sick villagers, including the terminally ill, and offered their services for free. In recognition of the work of the two brothers, the Greek Orthodox Church built a larger monastery in 1649 and named the monastery, the Agii Anargyri Monastery.

The monastery is still in existence today, and has been renovated to reflect it's former glory. The monastery is now used as a spa.

The village acquired it's name from the two working mills in the village, one at the lower end of the village and the other at the top of the village. The lower mill was located at the lower entrance of the village, next to the river. The mill was used to produce flour and used the flow of the river to turn the mills. The higher mill was used for the production of olive oil, and donkeys were used to turn the mills. The higher location was chosen because of the abundance of olive trees nearby.

The two mills are sadly no longer in use. The lower flour mill was closed and the production was transferred to the nearby village of Giolou. The old mill stones and olive press of the higher olive mill are still to be seen at the top of the village, next to one of the village water reservoirs.

Miliou Village has 60 permanent residents, with the majority being elderly. The younger residents often commute to work in Paphos. The students travel to Giolou Village for their education and to Paphos for higher education. The remaining villagers tend to their land and livestock.

The mild climate and the abundance of water means the village is able to cultivate many mandarin trees, the main citrus fruit grown in the area. There are also olive trees, carob trees, almond trees and vineyards. The local honey production is also held in high regard, and is much sought after.

Miliou Village has a female Mukhtar, one of only 24 female Mukhtars in Cyprus. A Mukhtar is the Turkish name for the head of the village, or the community leader.

The village has recently built a new village square, next to the Agia Paraskevi church. The annual Miliou Village Orange Festival, held in September, is held in the village square.

Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Miliou Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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