Lefkara Village can make record of world’s ideal vacationer destinations

The Planet Tourism Organisation has introduced its list of the best tourism villages in the earth, and 1 Cypriot village has secured a spot. 

The quite village of Lefkara has designed it onto the Planet Tourism Organisation’s record of the best tourism villages in the world. A full of 44 villages from 32 nations ended up presented this recognition, each and every evaluated on a set of 9 criteria. These incorporated cultural and pure resources, economic, environmental and social sustainability, and tourism opportunity. The Planet Tourism Organisation explained the initiative as recognising “those villages committed to building tourism a solid driver of their enhancement and wellbeing”.

What will make Lefkara so specific?

The title Lefkara comes from the historical Greek words ‘lefka’, this means ‘white’ and ‘ori’, meaning ‘mountains’, so unsurprisingly it is very wonderful. The village also ranks effectively for social and environmental sustainability.

The story goes that  Leonardo Da Vinci arrived to Lefkara at the end of the 16th century and acquired some of the regular Cypriot embroidered lace from the villagers. The lace is now a UNESCO heritage merchandise, and the lacemaking artwork has been handed down to generations of Lefkara villagers. You will often see younger folks amongst the more mature villagers continuing the lacemaking custom and creating amazing tablecloths and lace throws. Lefkara lace bedspreads are still supplied as family members marriage gifts at common village weddings all in excess of Cyprus.

Lefkara Lace, common embroidery

Lefkara is not only recognised for its lace, but its silver building as well. You can see silver objects, jewellery and lace, together with the tales powering the traditions, in the little museum at the heart of the village. When I final visited the museum the silver was nonetheless being built and you could obtain silver things from there.

The architecture of the uniquely village-styled homes is worthy of seeing as well. The superior issue about village houses in Cyprus is that if you pick out to dwell in just one, you aren’t allowed to paint the outside the house partitions a unique color. So, all the homes continue being as they had been when they have been designed.


Just about every village has its individual church, commonly both of those geographically and socially at the heart of the village. The Timios Stavros Church in Lefkara dates again to the 14th century. It’s well worthy of a search mainly because it has been maintained quite perfectly more than the many years and is even now in all its initial glory.

A kilometre down the road from Lefkara is Terra Oliva. This is an organic olive farm where travellers can visit and examine the olive fields. You can also see how olive oil is built there.

The classic key dish of Lefkara is baked lamb and potatoes, called ‘taro’ in Greek, and you can try to eat this foodstuff in any of the little Lefkara places to eat that you appear across as you examine the village.

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View of Lefkara Village

I must point out a fantastic village café that you can obtain a small more on from Lefkara that you have to pay a visit to. It’s identified as ‘Jar’ and is operate by a regular Cypriot relatives. You will come across it in the village of Kato Drys (pronounced ‘Dris’) among Lefkara and Platanos villages. I actually arrived on it by accident and it is a place where you can take pleasure in the laid back again village lifestyle traditions. The entrepreneurs get ready a amazing breakfast of haloumi, lounza, or great Cyprus bacon and eggs (and you get so a great deal on your plate it could also be eaten as lunch!).

There is also a vary of unique nearby Cypriot and cheeses, along with European types like Brie, Danish Blue as properly. And if you desire home made marmalade and jam (manufactured by the family members owners on the premises) with lashings of butter on many delicious sorts of Cypriot bread, it is all there. Not only that, but if you are a lover of Cyprus scones, jam and product like me then you can sit down to an absolute feast!

Charges are particularly acceptable, but make certain you’re hungry as servings are large! There are only just one or two tables at this café, due to the fact the homeowners feel in serving number of individuals in the quite most effective way, and so you will will need to phone the café to make a reservation at least a person or two days in advance!