The village of Askas in the district of Pitsilia is situated southwest of Nicosia, at an altitude of about 900m above sea level.
Its main features are the steep mountains which the river Askas crosses, deep valleys and various streams. The villagers' main occupation is viniculture, the cultivation of vegetables and pulses, fruit trees, olive trees as well as almond, hazelnut and walnut trees. Goats are bred mainly for the villagers' needs. Here you can also taste "zivania", a locally distilled spirit - don't forget to ask for it! The village was named after Manolis Askas, a rich landowner in 1462. Main attractions include the medieval church of St. John the Baptist (16th century), the church of the Holy Cross and the Ayia Paraskevi and Agia Christina church dating back to the year 1411 (3 kms from the village). Visitors will note the narrow paved alleys, the earthen casks of various sizes inside the village houses, evidence of the large quantity of wine that the village once produced.
Activities and places of interest
Hiking in the 2 nature trails of the village and in Troodos mountains. Traditional weaving workshop can be found next to the renovated Evgenia's house. Visit 'Lihnos' cava (wine cellar) to taste the best selection of local wines. Visit the churches of the village.
Follow the Wine Route no. 6 Pitsilia Route - Troodos mountains. Drive next to Palaichori village famous for its smoked ham and spicy sausages and then continue to Agros village known for its traditional products such as aromatic rosewater, smoked pork products and traditional sweets.
1 Coffee shop, 2 restaurants, 1 mini market
Larnaka airport 82 km
Pafos airport 103 km
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Registration Number: HE275733
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