Dherynia is a charming village in the Famagusta district of Cyprus. It is well worth a day trip, considering that it boasts many attractions, including an outdoor folk-art museum at the heart of the settlement – at Demetri Liberti 2. The Deryneia Folkloric Museum, in a house opposite the Open Air Traditional Folk Art Museum, documents aspects of lifestyle in an old traditional residence.
There are several charming churches around the village, including the Church of Agios Georgios, which dates from the 17th century, the Chapel of Agia Marina from the 12th century, the old Agios Georgios Church from the 15th century in the central square, and Church of the Birth of the Theotokos from the 15th century – known for its stunning iconostasis from 1911.
The Cultural Centre of Occupied Famagusta is another must-see landmark in Dherynia. It hosts all kinds of events, including exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and performances. Visitors can borrow binoculars to observe the side of Famagusta over the border in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Dherynia is famous as a producer of strawberries and potatoes. They even hold a strawberry festival every two years. If you don’t happen in the village when strawberries are in season, you can always enjoy strawberry juice, jam, liquor, candy, and other treats made with the fragrant fruits.
When you stay at Leonardo Crystal Cove & Spa by the Sea, Dherynia is just 25 minutes away by car.