Lefkara Village would make record of world’s best vacationer locations

The Earth Tourism Organisation has released its checklist of the most effective tourism villages in the planet, and 1 Cypriot village has secured a spot. 

The rather village of Lefkara has built it on to the Environment Tourism Organisation’s list of the ideal tourism villages in the earth. A overall of 44 villages from 32 countries had been offered this recognition, every evaluated on a set of 9 requirements. These bundled cultural and pure methods, financial, environmental and social sustainability, and tourism probable. The Earth Tourism Organisation explained the initiative as recognising “those villages committed to making tourism a solid driver of their enhancement and wellbeing”.

What tends to make Lefkara so special?

The title Lefkara comes from the historic Greek words ‘lefka’, that means ‘white’ and ‘ori’, which means ‘mountains’, so unsurprisingly it is very attractive. The village also ranks perfectly for social and environmental sustainability.

The tale goes that  Leonardo Da Vinci came to Lefkara at the stop of the 16th century and acquired some of the traditional Cypriot embroidered lace from the villagers. The lace is currently a UNESCO heritage product, and the lacemaking art has been passed down to generations of Lefkara villagers. You will generally see young people today among the the more mature villagers continuing the lacemaking tradition and making great tablecloths and lace throws. Lefkara lace bedspreads are however presented as relatives wedding gifts at classic village weddings all more than Cyprus.

Lefkara Lace, classic embroidery

Lefkara is not only recognised for its lace, but its silver earning much too. You can see silver things, jewellery and lace, together with the stories powering the traditions, in the little museum at the heart of the village. When I final visited the museum the silver was continue to becoming designed and you could buy silver things from there.

The architecture of the uniquely village-styled residences is worthy of viewing as effectively. The excellent detail about village residences in Cyprus is that if you pick out to reside in one particular, you aren’t authorized to paint the outside the house walls a different color. So, all the houses remain as they were being when they had been developed.


Just about every village has its own church, typically both geographically and socially at the coronary heart of the village. The Timios Stavros Church in Lefkara dates back to the 14th century. It is very well value a glimpse because it has been taken care of very nicely in excess of the decades and is nevertheless in all its primary glory.

A kilometre down the road from Lefkara is Terra Oliva. This is an organic olive farm where by travellers can go to and discover the olive fields. You can also see how olive oil is produced there.

The standard key dish of Lefkara is baked lamb and potatoes, identified as ‘taro’ in Greek, and you can eat this meals in any of the little Lefkara places to eat that you arrive across as you investigate the village.

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Perspective of Lefkara Village

I must point out a great village café that you can locate a little even more on from Lefkara that you must take a look at. It’s termed ‘Jar’ and is operate by a classic Cypriot loved ones. You will obtain it in the village of Kato Drys (pronounced ‘Dris’) between Lefkara and Platanos villages. I in fact came on it by accident and it’s a spot the place you can love the laid back village lifestyle traditions. The proprietors prepare a fantastic breakfast of haloumi, lounza, or excellent Cyprus bacon and eggs (and you get so considerably on your plate it could also be eaten as lunch!).

There’s also a range of different area Cypriot and cheeses, alongside with European types like Brie, Danish Blue as effectively. And if you choose selfmade marmalade and jam (designed by the relatives owners on the premises) with lashings of butter on numerous delicious types of Cypriot bread, it’s all there. Not only that, but if you are a admirer of Cyprus scones, jam and product like me then you can sit down to an absolute feast!

Charges are particularly acceptable, but make sure you are hungry as servings are huge! There are only just one or two tables at this café, because the house owners consider in serving number of individuals in the really very best way, and so you will need to phone the café to make a reservation at least a person or two times in advance!