Panayia is a beautiful and hospitable village in the Paphos region. It was the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III the first president of the Cyprus Republic. It stands 880m above sea level within the evergreen Paphos forest. Panayia is 30 minutes drive from the Akamas which is an unspoilt haven for wildlife, flora and fauna. The other way 30 minutes distant is Stavros tis Psokas, the natural habitat of the Mouflon. The golf course at Tsada is only 20 a minute drive and very close (within comfortable walking distance) are churches and places of interest that must be visited. . The village is also known for its unique wildlife, including the mouflon; which is protected by Cypriot and international laws as an endangered species. It is also known for a viticultural zone called Vouni Panayias, which is considered by wine connoisseurs as the best in the island.