A Break from the Norm
One of the most beloved qualities of the Larnaka region is its authenticity, and if you are seeking to immerse yourself in the customs and traditions of the island, there are a myriad of alternative activities and experiences you can enjoy.
For an insight into the island’s rural life, a trip to the village of Skarinou offers the opportunity to learn about local produce and partake in various activities at either the ‘Golden Donkeys Farm’ or ‘Ktima Georgiadi’. After picking local crops, visitors can help in their preparation, such as pressing the olives and grapes, distilling the grape spirit Zivania, and even milking the donkeys. For more information, click here.
To discover the island through your taste buds, ‘Cyprus Taste Tours’ will take you on a gastronomic journey to various authentic restaurants and coffee shops in Larnaka by foot, via the old streets. Along the way you will enjoy a number of traditional dishes and delicacies, as well as a warm Cypriot welcome. For more information, click here.
And to discover where the island’s delicious seafood comes from, a traditional fishing trip with ‘Zygi Boat Adventures’ from Zygi village harbour will demonstrate traditional fishing methods. After being regaled by the fishermen’s stories of the sea, the trip culminates with the freshest lunch, thanks to your ‘catch of the day’! For more information, click here.
With Cyprus honeys winning awards for their quality, it is a great time to try your hand at being beekeeper for the day with ‘Ecophysis’. In the tranquil mountainous area of Vavla, you can extract the local honey and assist in its bottling, as well as make your own beeswax candles and ointments. And you can also enjoy the fruits of your labour with a picnic that includes honey treats. For more information, click here.
For those who want to end up back at the beach, the Blue Flag ‘Kastela’ offers something unique with its tropical twist of coconut leaf umbrellas, eco sun loungers, innovative beach cleaning methods, and even the sprinkling of refreshing and traditional rose water on sunbathers! For more information, click here.