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This village is famous for its lace, known as 'lefkaritika' and silver handicrafts. The village takes its name from the white of its silica and limestone: Lefkara is derived from a combination of the Greek words "lefka" ( Translation: white) and "ori" ( Translation: mountains, hills). It is located on the southern slopes of the Troödos Mountains in the Larnaca District of Cyprus, off the main Nicosia-Limassol highway. It features cobbled streets and picturesque architecture. The village is split into two administrative regions: upper and lower Lefkara with around 1,100 inhabitants.
The embroidery of Lefkara is the ultimate form of folk art and tradition in Cyprus. It is an exceptional work of art, as 'lefkaritika' are considered to be valued items of artistic creation. The patterns are inspired by the environment and nature. The creative imagination of the embroiderers expressed through the thread and the needle, have give us designs of incomparable aesthetics. In the end of the 19th century a group of young men of the village sailed with their suitcases full of laces and silversmith from Lefkara. They went to Smyrna, Alexandria and Contantinople, where Greek communities used to flourish. Later they went to all the countries of central Europe. The embroidery has given a significant boost to the developent of the embroidery itself. It became a serious source of income for every family in Lefkara.
Due to its extraordinary character, the embroidery of Lefkara has passed on from generation to generation and has been included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cutlural Heritage in 2009. According to a legend, Leonardo Da Vinci had visited the village in 1481 and bought embroidery for the Holy Altar of the Milan Cathedral.
Near the area where most shops are located, one can also find the workshop of Cypriot ‘loukoumi’ called ‘Ta Orea Lefkara’ which has been awarded several times for its delicious desserts. Also don't leave the village before you taste Lefkara famous " tavas" (meat with rice and vegetables) from the village restaurants.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit "Lefkara Handicraft Centre", "Loukoumi workshop", the Holy Cross church and the several other chapels of the village. The church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour is situated at the top of the Sotira mountain and it offers a panoramic view of the whole area including the sea. Go to 'The local Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith' in the centre of the village. Visit the lace and silversware shops. The celebration of the Holy Cross (14/09) is the one which stands out and during which, a big festival is organised. The yearly festival (2nd week of August) which takes place in Pano Lefkara, is also very interesting and it attracts people from all over Cyprus.
Coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, supermarket, hospital, post office, 2 banks.
Civil weddings can be performed at the town hall.
Larnaka airport – 38 km
Pafos airport – 109 km
The village of Choirokoitia is an archaeological landmark and the site of a Neolithic settlement which bears witness to a fascinating worldview that prevailed some 9000 years ago. Located about 30 minutes drive from Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaka. Choirokoitia's convenient location provides easy access to the Island's natural, cultural and tourist attractions. Choirokoitia constitutes the most impressive example of the initial establishment of sedentary communities on the island and the development of an original civilisation: the Cypriot Aceramic Neolithic. These communities originated from the neighbouring mainland and settled in Cyprus at the end of the 7th millennium B.C. bringing with them plants and animals unknown until then to Cyprus. The inhabitants of Choirokoitia used diabase, a hard stone, for the manufacturing of stone vessels, which constitute a particular characteristic of the Cypriote Aceramic Neolithic. The brilliant civilisation vanished suddenly, and no adequate explanation has been given regarding its disappearance. In December 1998 the site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
Visit the church of Agios Iacovos, Agia Paraskevi, Agios Georgios and Panayia of Kampos,Follow the Nature trail of the village which ends at the archeological Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia.
School, Mini-market, tavern, coffee shop, kiosk, taxi
Larnaca Airport - 31.9 km
Paphos Airport - 96.5 km
Kalavasos is an ideal traditional village setting for holidays to Cyprus, where visitors can explore this beautiful island,including the many archaeological sites nearby, whilst enjoying the traditional Cypriot lifestyle. Kalavasos is included in the Vasilikos - Pentaschoinos watering project and has benefited from the construction of the Kalavasos dam and the irrigation of significant tracts of land.
Centrally located, approximately mid-way between Larnaka and Limassol and not far from the sea, this is the ideal place to combine exploring the country with relaxation on the beach. The name Kalavasos originates from the ancient Greek word 'vassa' which means woody valley and the village dates back to medieval times.The village was once a thronging copper mining area and the remains of the mines and trains can still be seen. The Kalavasos region, privileged in many respects, mainly because of the Vasilikos river that secured irrigation and watering and also because of its metal-bearing deposits, was densely populated since ancient times. Today the region is a very significant archaeological site. The "Tenta" settlement -as well as the other settlements discovered in the region -present a special interest.
Today the village is an idyllic setting where you can experience the real heart and soul of Cyprus and maybe while away an hour or two over a coffee in the village square, with locals who are always welcoming and willing to sit and chat to you.The Cyprus Villages office in Tochni (5km from Kalavasos) offers a wide range of activities for those of you who want to discover the real life of the area.
Visit the church of Panayia Theotokos and the chapels of Archaggelos Michael,Saint George, Agios Nektarios, Zoodochos Pigi and Panayia Lamproforousa, visit the old Mosque, see the relics of the old mine and the archeological settlement of Tenta, visit the water dam
coffee shops, taverns, community stadium, park, Bank, Kiosk, Souvenir Shops, Pharmacy, Bakery, Petrol Station, Medical Services
Larnaca Airport - 42.7 km
The village of Maroni is found built about 35 kilometers southwest of Larnaca. It has an average altitude of 70 meters, the altitude reaching 200 meters in the north of the village, and has a distance of 2 kilometers from the sea. The village receives an average annual rainfall of about 380 millimeters; citrus fruits (lemons, grapefruits, oranges), cereals, forage plants, olive and locust trees, and various types of vegetables are cultivated in the region. Several greenhouses have been installed in the area for the cultivation of early vegetables. Stockbreeding in the village is limited. There are four units of sheep and goat breeding, two poultry farms, a hatchery, and an ultramodern pigsty. The village preserves -to a great extend -its traditional architecture with the narrow streets, the stone-made houses with local stone, the houses with the picturesque upper levels with balconies, the arches and the front doors with chiseled frames. In the context of preserving this heritage, a large part of the old village has been deemed as a landmark and many houses have been renovated in the same style. Maroni existed since the Medieval times. In old maps it is found marked as Marova. According to De Masse Latri, the village was a feud that belonged to Royal estates during the period of Frank domination. However he erroneously places it in the region of Kythrea.
Activities and Places of Interest
Go for swimming in the village's beach. Visit Saint George church, Ayii Anargyroi church and the chapels of Saint George's and Saint Nicolaos. Saint George's Day is celebrated twice every year, on the 23rd of April and the 3rd of November. Visit the local Olive Press factory. Walk in the village narrow streets.
Bank, Taverns/Restaurants, Medical Center, Mini Market, Grocery store
Larnaka airport 37 Km
Pafos airport 96 km
Located only a 3-minute drive from the sea, Psematismenos is another small village that appears like a flashback in time, while providing the convenience of a local church. Psematismenos is also close to Zygi, a fishing village, which is widely known for its numerous fish taverns that attract discerning patrons from the whole region. Psematismenos village is located between the 3 main cities of Cyprus: Larnaka-Limassol-Nicosia. It is a quiet village that has kept its character with very interesting vernacular architecture. In the village one can visit the Greek Orthodox church of Ayia Marina (Byzantine with additions in the 19th century), nice countryside walks.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit Agios Andronikos chapel in the village, the church of Agia Marina,"Angeloktisti" Byzantine church in Kiti (15Km approx), the Neolithic settlement in Chirokitia and Kalavasos - Tenta (3Km approx.). Cycling in the area. Swimming in Governor's beach.
Taste traditional food. A walk in the narrow streets of the village is a must to admire the local architecture.
Coffee shop. Only 5 minutes drive from Psematismenos on the crossroad to Zygi village there is a bank, grocery store, mini market and petrol station.
A lot of restaurants can be found in the next villages of Maroni and Zygi.
Larnaka airport 34.9 km
Pafos airport 95.8 km
Right at the heart of Cyprus, 190 meters above sea level and surrounded by hills, lies the picturesque village of Skarinou. Located near three of the main towns of the island, Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaka, right off the main motorway interconnecting these three towns, Skarinou combines the qualities of country life with the luxuries of life in town. Built on the side of the hill with the unique Cypriot terrain as its background, Skarinou preserves its traditional architecture. The houses resemble the old traditional stone buildings reminiscent of days passed and gone. And as with most small villages in Cyprus, Skarinous dominant land mark is the church of The Guiding Virgin Mary (Panayia i Odigidria) which stands proud and tall at the entrance of the village, welcoming both locals and visitors. Furthermore, the old style identity of the village remains intact with its narrow streets leading to squares and natural openings. Houses with central courtyards and heavy, big entrance doors (outer-doors known in Greek as ksoportia) are still found all over the village which is built in different levels due to the morphology of the ground.
In this small village, where architectural structure blends in with nature and modernization co-exists with tradition, culture and customs have survived through time. A walk through the village may lead you to see women embroidering or knitting in their courtyards or even making the traditional halloumi (Cypriot cheese). Do not be surprised if you are called in by these hospitable people to be treated to a homemade sweet or a cup of coffee as this is considered natural and is very common.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit the church of Guiding Virgin Mary and the chapels of Saint George and Apostole Loucas. The ‘Environmental Information Centre of Larnaka Mountainous Areas’ - located in the village is worth a visit in order to learn more about 18 rural areas of Larnaka region (Flora, Fauna and Cultural elements). Visit the Golden Donkeys Farm and Dipotamos Donkey Farm to enjoy a ride in nature and taste donkey milk. You can also see the Donkey milk beauty products. Go to Ktima Georgiade's to have the experience of a Greek Music night with plenty of food and wine. Skarinou tavern, Olive Restaurant, Classic Car Inn and Ktima Georgiade's are very good options of tasting Cyprus traditional food. Coffee shop is also available in the village.
Petrol station, supermarkets, taverns, coffee shop, bank
Larnaca Airport - 30.4 km
Pafos Airport - 100 km
Tochni is a village located in the Larnaca District of Cyprus, about halfway between the cities of Larnaca and Limassol. Based on some religious and folkloric traditions, Tochni is among the oldest villages in Cyprus, with a history more than ten, perhaps twenty centuries. Despite the infrequent mention of it in historical or archaeological sources, careful research and study on the village will reveal enough data regarding the long course of it's life. Tochni village is noted in some medieval maps called Togni, which indicates the existence of irrefutable, at least from the period of Latin. The medieval existence of the villages is attested by historians of the middle-ages, as the Cypriot chronicler Leontios Machairas and Latin writer De Mas Latrie. The testimonies revolve around the building of a temple and placement in these sacred relics, from the Queen Mother St. Helen, after her return from the Holy Land. Another medieval testimony refers to the granting of Tochni as a manor in the years of the Frankish presence in the island. Today the village has been designated an 'agrotourism' location which promotes the restoration of the original village house in order to preserve the traditional Cypriot stone houses. The majority of properties use 'Tochni Stone' which is quarried nearby.
There are the ruins of a Latin church in the centre of the village, overlooking the Orthodox church of St Constantine and Helena. The current church has been reconstructed on the site of the original, interestingly over a bridge, said to have been founded by St Helena on return from the Holy Land having brought with her a piece of the Holy Cross.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit the village Church of St. Constantine and Helena, the chapel of Agia Barbara and Sotiros Christou Church. You can also visit the Stavros Ruined Church of Saints Constantine and Helen on a small hill, a few surviving ruins of another church that operated in the community. Visit the Ecclesiastical Museum, follow the cycling routes of the area some are passing along the coast. Participate in the celebration of the Saints Constantine and Helen on May 21 which attract many locals and foreigners.
Coffee shops, Taverns, Grocery store, Bike Center, Conferece Center
Larnaka airport 35.9 km
Pafos airport 89.8 km
The village falls within the administrative borders of Larnaka and it is built on an altitude of 120 metres and at a distance of 15 km from the city of Larnaka. The community’s main topographical feature is that it is surrounded by hills shaped like domes (Troulloi) and this is where the naming of the village probably derived from. The highest hill is the hill named “Karavos”, which reaches and altitude of 256 metres and which is located west of the village. The area of the village has been inhabited ever since the ancient years, during which time the local mine, which is located within the administrative borders of the community, was intensively exploited. In fact, according to a tradition which seems relevant to the existence of the mine, Hephaestus, god of fire, established his workshop in the area of Troulloi when he was exiled from Olympus for giving fire to humans. Hephaestus’ wife, Cypride Aphrodite, was worshipped near the community of Troulloi and more specifically at the ancient site of Golgoi, near Athienou. Located in the area of the village was possibly a temple dedicated to some Nymph, as this is revealed by an inscription found on a broken clay vessel which was discovered in the area. As far as the population of the village is concerned, Troulloi has always been a pure village. Today it numbers approximately 1100 residents and several large families. As far as their occupations were concerned, in the past the residents of the village mainly dealt with farming and live-stock breeding. Due to the low annual rainfall of the area –approximately 300 mm – people in the village mainly cultivated wheat and barley, as well as olive and carob trees which are cultivations that do not require frequent irrigation. Operating in the community today is a grocery store, a bakery, a boutique, hair salons, flower shops, butcher shops, a construction materials shop, sanitation equipment storage facilities, a car workshop, a marble factory and a lot more, most of which constituting family businesses. Also, spread in the area are several live-stock breeding units which breed cows and goats and sheep. However, several residents continue to work as farmers, while others are employed in the neighbouring city.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit the old and new church of Saint Mamas, the church of the Three Hierarchs , the chapels of Agios Neofytos and Agia Marina, the Holy Monastery of Panagia Rodon Amaranton and the Monastery of Agios Georgios of Mavrovounio. Other worshipping areas in the Monastery include the chapel of New Martyr Agios Georgios Kyprios and Agia Marina, the underground chapel of Saints Fathers of Optina and the Cave of Saint Maria the Egyptian. Go to Larnaka's beaches for swimming only few minutes drive away.
Grocery store, bakery, taverns, community park
Larnaka airport 23 km
Pafos airport 137 km
Vavla is a rather small, quiet and peaceful mountain village located in the foothills of the Troodos mountain range in the Larnaca district of Cyprus at 450 metres above sea level. It is a location of plenty interesting places to visit only a short drive away, local winery, monastery, archaeological sites, nature trails and woodland walks. Wildlife enthusiasts will be fascinated by the local flora and fauna. Today Vavla is experiencing a new renaissance as it has been declared by the government as a "preserved cultural history location" and many of the dilapidated houses are restored with historical accuracy to their original state, albeit featuring all amenities for comfortable, modern-style living. The soil at Vavla is relatively fertile and it is suitable for growing olives , carob , citrus fruit (mandarines, oranges, lemons) vines and cereals . The production of oil , carob and other agricultural products , along with farming were the main occupations of the inhabitants in the past. The women's occupation was "Lefkaritiko" Embroidery, which gave a significant supplementary income to the household. Today, one of the main occupations and crafts of our village is beekeeping . The village produces the honey "Vavla" which is sold all over Cyprus . In Vavla there is a lot of thyme and wildflowers which are the main ingredients of this honey.
Activities and Places of Interest
Visit the 2 churches of Saint George and Archangel Michael and the chapel of the Virgin of Love. One of the largest operating convents in Cyprus is located 2 km east of Vavla along the road leading to the village of Kato Drys. This is the convent of Agios Minas. Follow the wine route no. 7 Larnaka-Nicosia region that passes through the village. Walk in the nature trails that start from the village 7 km long circular and follows a magical path, alternating along the St. Minas stream and mountaintops .The trail starts from the center of the village, passing the chapel of the Lady of Love and returns to the center of the village. It takes about 3 hours. Another nature trail, 3.4 kilometers, gives the opportunity to enjoy nature within 1 ½ hour. If you want to learn more about the unique nature of Vavla and experience Bee-Keeping contact www.ecophysiscy.com
Coffee shop, Cultural Center, kiosk and taverns can be found on your way to Vavla from Kato-Drys village.
Larnaka airport 41.6 km
Pafos airport 104 km
Kato Drys is located to the south-west of the city of Larnaka. Is stands in the middle of three cities, Nicosia, Larnaka and Limassol. It is built at an altitude of about 520 meters above sea level. The hilly terrain of the village with its narrow, deep valleys is intersected by the Saint Minas River. There are two interpretations as to how the village got its name. The first says that the village got its name from the many ‘Dryes’ (oak trees). A second interpretation says that many years ago there were two villages, Pano Drys and Kato Drys (Upper and Lower Drys) with a large Oaktree standing between the two. Kato Drys has a rich history and interesting architecture, flora and fauna with perfect cool dry climate in summer and a mild winter. The occupation of most of the village inhabitants is raising stock and, to a limited degree agriculture. Today great tracks of land in the village have been planted with various wine-making varieties of grapes, providing occupation to many of the village’s inhabitants. The village has the biggest vineyard of Larnaka region of α total area of 150 hectares.
Avtivities and Places of Interest
Visit the village churches of Agios Charalambos, Panagia Eleousa and Agios Georgios and the chapels of Saint Spyridonas, Saint Neofytos and Timios Prodromos and the Monastery of Saint Minas. Visit the Folk Art Museum and the Bee and Embroidery Museum. Follow the wine route no. 7 Larnaka and Nicosia Region which passes through the village and visit ‘Ktima Christoudia’ winery. Many local and foreign quality wine varieties have been planted in the village. Walk in the nature trails connecting Machairas forest, Lefkara, Kato Drys and Vavatsinia villages..
Grocery store, tavern, winery, coffee shops, traditional products shop
Larnaka airport 40km
Pafos airport 107km