The Entire world Tourism Organisation has produced its record of the finest tourism villages in the planet, and a person Cypriot village has secured a place.
The pretty village of Lefkara has made it onto the Earth Tourism Organisation’s checklist of the best tourism villages in the planet. A overall of 44 villages from 32 nations were being offered this recognition, just about every evaluated on a set of 9 standards. These included cultural and normal resources, financial, environmental and social sustainability, and tourism likely. The Globe Tourism Organisation described the initiative as recognising “those villages fully commited to creating tourism a solid driver of their progress and wellbeing”.
What makes Lefkara so distinctive?
The identify Lefkara arrives from the historical Greek text ‘lefka’, which means ‘white’ and ‘ori’, that means ‘mountains’, so unsurprisingly it is particularly lovely. The village also ranks very well for social and environmental sustainability.
The tale goes that Leonardo Da Vinci came to Lefkara at the stop of the 16th century and purchased some of the conventional Cypriot embroidered lace from the villagers. The lace is now a UNESCO heritage item, and the lacemaking artwork has been handed down to generations of Lefkara villagers. You will usually see youthful individuals between the older villagers continuing the lacemaking custom and producing fantastic tablecloths and lace throws. Lefkara lace bedspreads are however offered as family members marriage presents at conventional village weddings all around Cyprus.
Lefkara is not only acknowledged for its lace, but its silver making much too. You can see silver goods, jewelry and lace, along with the tales powering the traditions, in the small museum at the heart of the village. When I final visited the museum the silver was however being produced and you could acquire silver things from there.
The architecture of the uniquely village-styled houses is worthy of seeing as well. The good matter about village houses in Cyprus is that if you pick to reside in a single, you are not allowed to paint the outside walls a unique colour. So, all the homes continue to be as they were when they had been developed.
Every single village has its own church, commonly both equally geographically and socially at the heart of the village. The Timios Stavros Church in Lefkara dates back to the 14th century. It is well value a search due to the fact it has been managed extremely perfectly in excess of the many years and is continue to in all its authentic glory.
A kilometre down the highway from Lefkara is Terra Oliva. This is an organic and natural olive farm the place travelers can stop by and check out the olive fields. You can also see how olive oil is designed there.
The standard major dish of Lefkara is baked lamb and potatoes, identified as ‘taro’ in Greek, and you can try to eat this food in any of the compact Lefkara places to eat that you arrive across as you discover the village.
I have to mention a amazing village café that you can come across a minimal even more on from Lefkara that you should stop by. It’s named ‘Jar’ and is run by a standard Cypriot loved ones. You will obtain it in the village of Kato Drys (pronounced ‘Dris’) amongst Lefkara and Platanos villages. I really arrived on it by incident and it’s a position where by you can love the laid back again village life style traditions. The entrepreneurs get ready a excellent breakfast of haloumi, lounza, or superior Cyprus bacon and eggs (and you get so a great deal on your plate it could also be eaten as lunch!).
There’s also a assortment of distinct area Cypriot and cheeses, alongside with European kinds like Brie, Danish Blue as well. And if you want homemade marmalade and jam (built by the family members house owners on the premises) with lashings of butter on quite a few delicious kinds of Cypriot bread, it is all there. Not only that, but if you’re a enthusiast of Cyprus scones, jam and product like me then you can sit down to an absolute feast!
Price ranges are particularly sensible, but make positive you’re hungry as servings are big! There are only 1 or two tables at this café, for the reason that the owners consider in serving number of individuals in the extremely greatest way, and so you will want to telephone the café to make a reservation at minimum a single or two days in progress!