The village of Athienou is a large community found midway between Larnaka (33 km) and the capital Lefkosia (38 km). The town can be reached by following either the A3 and the B17 route, or the A2 and B2 route.
Athienou has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, and is the continuation of the ancient city-kingdom of Golgoi.
The village has a rich wheat growing and bread-making history, and is famous for its delicious traditional bread - known locally as ‘Athienitiko’ - and its pastries, as well as its dairy products, which visitors can watch being made. It also has its own special handmade lace techniques known as ‘Venis’ lace (or ‘pittotes’) and Athienou Lace (known as ‘oloplouma’). These differ from Lefkara lace linens (known as Lefkaritika) and are made exclusively in Athienou. The lace craft has been recognised as part of the village’s unique heritage and added to the UNESCO National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Other interesting sights include the archaeological site of Athienou-Malloura, the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum (which also exhibits finds from the Malloura site), and several old, restored buildings – including a traditional flourmill, which now serves as a museum of the traditional methods of flour production.
Athienou’s churches of Panagia Chryseleoussa, Agios Fokas and Agios Georgios are particularly notable for their historically significant icons and frescoes.
An interesting excursion to Athienou is included as part of the Free Winter Experiences programme and includes a Halloumi making demonstration and a visit to the Kallinikeio Municpal Museum and the restored Flour Mill.
For information on any of the sights of interest, contact the Municipality on: +357 24 811 370 / firstname.lastname@example.org.