The cluster of nine honey producing communities of mountainous Larnaka are collectively known as Rural Larnaka Honey Villages for their rich and shared tradition.
Under 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 Vavatsinias 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 ‘Rural Larnaka Honey Villages’ and is charming to explore, not only for its sweet beekeeping tradition but for the beautiful landscape and traditional architecture.
Honey & Beekeeping Activities
Become a Beekeeper for a Day at Ecophysis in Vavla
Create your own beeswax candles at Ecophysis in Vavla
Participate in seasonal thematic activities at Ecophysis in Vavla
Visit the Bee Museum in Kato Drys
Follow the Journey of Knowledge about Bees in Odou
Watch the Honey processing and bottle your own Honey in Odou
Visit the Bee Park in Melini
Make your own beeswax healing cream in Melini
Take your children to the Bee House in Melini to learn everything about the Bees and the Hive products
Visit one of the 4 Bee Hotels and learn about Solidarity Bees (Layia, Melini, Ora, Odou)
World Bee Day & Bee Festival in May
Honey & Beekeeping Festival in June
Honey Festival for Children in September