The cluster of nine honey producing communities of mountainous Larnaka are collectively known as Larnaka Bee Villages for their rich and shared tradition.
Under the the European MEDFEST programme with the Troodos Network of Thematic Centers as partner, Kato Drys, Kato Lefkara, Layia, Melini, Odou, Ora, Vavla, Vavatsinia and Agioi Vavatsinia have been branded with a shared identity and participation in the ‘Honey Routes – Cyprus’ tourism programme.
Together they promote the pastime of beekeeping; help to encourage and protect biodiversity through increased bee-attracting plants and offer visitors authentic experiences, from nature trails and annual bee-themed festivals, to bee hotels for solitary species that can be observed.
The villages are also active in promoting the beneficial properties of honey, including recipes, products and the inclusion of honey on local menus.
Each community bears the logo of ‘Larnaka Honey Villages’ and is charming to explore, not only for its sweet beekeeping tradition but for the beautiful landscape and traditional architecture.