Lefkara Village helps make list of world’s most effective vacationer destinations


The World Tourism Organisation has produced its listing of the greatest tourism villages in the environment, and one particular Cypriot village has secured a spot. 

The pretty village of Lefkara has manufactured it onto the Entire world Tourism Organisation’s listing of the most effective tourism villages in the earth. A complete of 44 villages from 32 international locations ended up supplied this recognition, every single evaluated on a set of 9 conditions. These incorporated cultural and organic methods, financial, environmental and social sustainability, and tourism probable. The Environment Tourism Organisation explained the initiative as recognising “those villages fully commited to producing tourism a robust driver of their enhancement and wellbeing”.

What can make Lefkara so exclusive?

The name Lefkara comes from the historic Greek text ‘lefka’, which means ‘white’ and ‘ori’, which means ‘mountains’, so unsurprisingly it is incredibly stunning. The village also ranks well for social and environmental sustainability.

The tale goes that  Leonardo Da Vinci arrived to Lefkara at the stop of the 16th century and purchased some of the common 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 normally see youthful men and women amongst the more mature villagers continuing the lacemaking tradition and creating fantastic tablecloths and lace throws. Lefkara lace bedspreads are however supplied as household marriage items at regular village weddings all in excess of Cyprus.

Lefkara Lace, classic embroidery

Lefkara is not only known for its lace, but its silver building far too. You can see silver merchandise, jewelry and lace, alongside with the tales driving the traditions, in the modest museum at the heart of the village. When I past visited the museum the silver was however becoming designed and you could obtain silver products from there.

The architecture of the uniquely village-styled homes is worth looking at as very well. The fantastic thing about village properties in Cyprus is that if you choose to dwell in just one, you aren’t permitted to paint the outdoors partitions a distinct color. So, all the homes keep on being as they were being when they were created.

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Each and every village has its personal church, typically both of those geographically and socially at the coronary heart of the village. The Timios Stavros Church in Lefkara dates again to the 14th century. It’s properly worthy of a search mainly because it has been maintained quite properly over the years and is continue to in all its authentic glory.

A kilometre down the road from Lefkara is Terra Oliva. This is an natural and organic olive farm exactly where tourists can check out and investigate the olive fields. You can also see how olive oil is created there.

The conventional major dish of Lefkara is baked lamb and potatoes, identified as ‘taro’ in Greek, and you can take in this food stuff in any of the small Lefkara restaurants that you come throughout as you discover the village.

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Check out of Lefkara Village

I should point out a superb village café that you can find a tiny additional on from Lefkara that you must visit. It’s referred to as ‘Jar’ and is run by a regular Cypriot loved ones. You will come across it in the village of Kato Drys (pronounced ‘Dris’) among Lefkara and Platanos villages. I in fact came upon it by incident and it’s a position the place you can enjoy the laid back village way of life traditions. The house owners prepare a superb breakfast of haloumi, lounza, or great Cyprus bacon and eggs (and you get so a lot on your plate it could also be eaten as lunch!).

There’s also a selection of different local Cypriot and cheeses, along with European ones like Brie, Danish Blue as properly. And if you favor home made marmalade and jam (created by the spouse and children entrepreneurs on the premises) with lashings of butter on quite a few delicious varieties of Cypriot bread, it is all there. Not only that, but if you are a supporter of Cyprus scones, jam and cream like me then you can sit down to an complete feast!

Prices are specially fair, but make sure you are hungry as servings are enormous! There are only a single or two tables at this café, for the reason that the homeowners feel in serving number of persons in the extremely best way, and so you will have to have to telephone the café to make a reservation at the very least a single or two times in progress!