The Entire world Tourism Organisation has released its list of the very best tourism villages in the earth, and one Cypriot village has secured a location.
The really village of Lefkara has designed it on to the World Tourism Organisation’s listing of the best tourism villages in the planet. A total of 44 villages from 32 international locations ended up specified this recognition, every evaluated on a set of 9 requirements. These integrated cultural and purely natural methods, economic, environmental and social sustainability, and tourism possible. The Planet Tourism Organisation described the initiative as recognising “those villages fully commited to creating tourism a potent driver of their improvement and wellbeing”.
What helps make Lefkara so special?
The identify Lefkara will come from the historic Greek words and phrases ‘lefka’, which means ‘white’ and ‘ori’, indicating ‘mountains’, so unsurprisingly it is incredibly wonderful. The village also ranks effectively for social and environmental sustainability.
The tale goes that Leonardo Da Vinci came to Lefkara at the end of the 16th century and bought some of the regular Cypriot embroidered lace from the villagers. The lace is already a UNESCO heritage item, and the lacemaking art has been handed down to generations of Lefkara villagers. You will frequently see youthful people among the more mature villagers continuing the lacemaking custom and manufacturing fantastic tablecloths and lace throws. Lefkara lace bedspreads are even now supplied as spouse and children wedding items at standard village weddings all more than Cyprus.
Lefkara is not only recognised for its lace, but its silver earning much too. You can see silver items, jewellery and lace, together with the tales guiding the traditions, in the modest museum at the heart of the village. When I final frequented the museum the silver was nevertheless becoming built and you could buy silver items from there.
The architecture of the uniquely village-styled houses is worthy of observing as perfectly. The fantastic issue about village properties in Cyprus is that if you decide on to reside in a single, you are not permitted to paint the outside walls a diverse color. So, all the houses continue being as they have been when they had been developed.
Each and every village has its have church, typically each geographically and socially at the coronary heart of the village. The Timios Stavros Church in Lefkara dates back again to the 14th century. It is nicely worthy of a seem mainly because it has been managed pretty well over the years and is however in all its first glory.
A kilometre down the highway from Lefkara is Terra Oliva. This is an organic olive farm in which holidaymakers can pay a visit to and discover the olive fields. You can also see how olive oil is created there.
The regular main dish of Lefkara is baked lamb and potatoes, named ‘taro’ in Greek, and you can take in this foodstuff in any of the modest Lefkara restaurants that you appear throughout as you check out the village.
I must point out a excellent village café that you can uncover a small further on from Lefkara that you ought to pay a visit to. It’s named ‘Jar’ and is operate by a regular Cypriot relatives. You will find it in the village of Kato Drys (pronounced ‘Dris’) involving Lefkara and Platanos villages. I truly arrived upon it by accident and it’s a location where by you can take pleasure in the laid again village way of life traditions. The homeowners get ready a excellent breakfast of haloumi, lounza, or good Cyprus bacon and eggs (and you get so significantly on your plate it could also be eaten as lunch!).
There is also a selection of distinctive neighborhood Cypriot and cheeses, together with European types like Brie, Danish Blue as effectively. And if you choose do-it-yourself marmalade and jam (created by the relatives entrepreneurs on the premises) with lashings of butter on several tasty varieties of Cypriot bread, it’s all there. Not only that, but if you are a supporter of Cyprus scones, jam and product like me then you can sit down to an complete feast!
Prices are significantly affordable, but make certain you’re hungry as servings are massive! There are only one or two tables at this café, mainly because the proprietors feel in serving handful of men and women in the quite very best way, and so you will will need to telephone the café to make a reservation at the very least a single or two days in progress!