Holiday Experiences with a Difference
The cluster of rural and mountainous villages of Larnaka region are bursting with traditional flavours and each have their own distinct identity and specialities that visitors can enjoy for a more unique experience off of the beaches this summer.
A plant-based approach has come to Kalavasos village with the creation of a vegan holiday with vegan cooking workshop taking place on July 03-04.
The escape takes place at the charming agroutouristic establishment ‘Charalambοs Holiday Cottage’ where guests will spend two days cooking three daily meals in a hands-on experience with local vegan chef Zoe Kavaltzi, as well as enjoying the relaxing environment of the hotel and the village, which combines the mountains with easy access to the beach.
Further information can be found here where additional dates may be added too.
The sweetest experience is to be found in the honey-producing villages of Larnaka region, which have been branded collectively as the ‘Honey Producing Villages of Rural Larnaka’ with the aim of preserving their tasty tradition.
You can bottle your own honey and enjoy honey tasting sessions whilst learning about the process at Oros Machaira in Odou village. Ecophysis in Vavla village offers educational beekeeping tours which are combined with other nature-based activities depending on the season, including foraging for wild greens or making candles from beeswax.
Brunch with a Traditional Twist
Enjoy a traditional Cypriot brunch featuring local products and handmade delicacies at quaint rural villages for a different dining experience. Warning: the following descriptions may have your mouth watering!
Weaver Petros Nikolaou offers a traditional brunch at the charming yard of his basketry museum and workshop in Choirokoitia village with a backdrop of bright, woven baskets. Freshly-made, warm Halloumi cheese is served after an on-the-spot demonstration of how it is prepared. This is accompanied by warm, fresh Anari cheese drizzled with local honey or carob syrup; fresh tomatoes, cucumber, olives and fruit; farm eggs; village bread and lountza (cured pork loin) - all washed down with coffee, tea and homemade lemon squash, and served buffet-style.
In Zygi village, you will find one of the oldest restaurants in Larnaka district - Santa Elena Restaurant - which is now offering a delicious 100% Cypriot brunch menu with all ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s family-owned farm or quality, local producers. Choose from various platters piled with fresh dairy products (including Halloumi cheese); local farm eggs; marmalades lovingly homemade by owner Eleni; olives from the family’s groves, and freshly-baked goods… all served in the nostalgic, shaded yard of the restaurant, surrounded by greenery and flowers.
Ecophysis is known for its beekeeping tours and is now offering a delectable Honey Brunch in mountainous Vavla village. The all-natural brunch consists of fresh, local products from the mountain villages to be enjoyed under the shade of the trees – either picnic-style on a mat or at a table. Enjoy sheep Halloumi cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, traditional bread, olive paste, black and green olives, olive oil, thyme honey, blossom honey, honeycomb, sugar-free ‘pastelaki’, fresh white Anari cheese, oregano, cinnamon, and seasonal fruit – all accompanied with coffee, herbal teas and homemade mandarin squash. The brunch can also be combined with the Bee Tours, Eco Tours or Honey and Beeswax workshops that are held on a monthly basis.
Wine & Music
The combination of music and wine under the stars is a winning one and a pleasure that can be enjoyed within the beautiful, natural surroundings of two of rural Larnaka’s most picturesque estates.
At the Ktima Christoudia Winery at Kato Drys you can sample the boutique wines to the sounds of live music at one of the wineries ‘Full Moon Nights’ that combine good wine, food and music for a magical evening (check site for dates). The winery also welcomes visitors during the day for educational wine tours and sampling.
And in Skarinou village you can enjoy live, open-air music at the rustic estate grounds of Ktima Georgiadi on the weekends (check site for dates). The estate is a producer of its own fine olive oil and other traditional, natural products which are served alongside the entertainment. It is also open for visits during the day and incorporates a small folkloric museum and shop.