A Tasty Winter Selection
Following the great news that Mountainous Larnaka has been included in the EU programme ‘Eden 2017 - Cultural Tourism’ as a European Destination of Excellence, it’s perfect timing for visiting the communities through the delicious, new Gastronomic Route created by the Women's Association of Rural Larnaka and the LTB.
As the title implies, visitors can tour the mountainous villages with their taste buds, and discover how the traditional gastronomic products are made, as well as take their pick of authentic taverns to stop at.
The tour starts in Skarinou, at The Environmental Information Centre of Larnaka Mountainous Area, which offers lots of insights and guidance on the villages and their specialities.
In Skarinou itself, the tour incorporates a visit to Golden Donkeys Farm, which produces donkey milk, olive oil and carob syrup, as well as to members of the Women’s Association of Rural Larnaka, who hand make dairy products and Lefkara lace.
The next village on the tour – Pano Lefkara – is famous for its lace and traditional, chewy Cyprus sweets, taking you nicely to lunch at the next village - Agios Theodoros - which boasts a selection of popular Cyprus taverns.
In Vavla, beekeeping and nature tours reveal the honey making process, which is complemented by a visit to the Bee & Embroidery Museum in Kato Drys, and the opportunity to also enjoy traditional delicacies and wine tasting in the village.
Odhou and Agioi Vavatsinias are equally as sweet with more honey, as well as traditional, candied spoon sweets, leading to the final stop at Choirokoitia, where a traditional basketry workshop showcases – among others – the type of basket used to store Halloumi cheese, which you can also observe the making of further out in the village.