My father is from a Larnaka region village called Kelia (close to the town). As such, I spend my trips to the island visiting his village and also exploring villages of Larnaka region further afield. I absolutely love the authentic way of life that these communities still cherish, and the pride the locals have for their traditions and heritage.
Aside from Kelia, my other top five village outings in Larnaka region is hard to narrow-down, so I have chosen the ones that I think offer the broadest appeal for all travellers, but if you have more time on your hands to explore some of the others then you certainly won’t be disappointed!
Lefkara village in Larnaka’s Orini (mountainous) areas is possibly the most famous village on the island! Visitors love this charming hillside retreat with narrow lanes and the opportunity to watch the local women make their hand-embroidered lace pieces (known as ‘Lefkaritika’). The village is equally known for its gorgeous filigree silver. I always pick up a pair of delicate cobweb effect earrings when visiting! You can learn about both at the Lefkara Handicraft Centre. The Ktima Defarmou Winery in Lefkara Valley is also worth a visit and you will be warmly welcomed to sample the vintages and learn more about the traditional winemaking process.
Lefkara’s neighbour Kato Drys is equally picturesque and is one of the nine ‘Rural Larnaka Honey Villages’. Visit the unusual and unique Bee & Embroidery Museum; the traditional ‘Local Agricultural Museum of Kato Drys’, or enjoy some more wine tasting at Ktima Christoudia where you will be guided on the traditions of wine making and can sample the delicious local wines amidst stunning rolling views.
In rural Skarinou village, the big-eyed donkeys await you at the Golden Donkeys Farm. The farm is a sanctuary for donkeys of all ages, and again, you can enjoy feeding the animals, taking a ride, or relaxing in the grounds. Also in Skarinou is Agroktima Agios Georgios – another donkey and animal park with a large playground that holds various family events.
Tochni is a village that is rich in history and traditional architecture. I love the stone-built houses that are built with stone from the nearby quarry. This is a great village for lovers of the outdoors as there is a 3km nature trail that winds through beautiful countryside that is also perfect for cycling. One of the Larnaka Tourism Board’s thematic cycling routes passes through Tochni too. Look out for the Saints Constantine and Helena Church that sits on the bridge above Arkatzin river (the only church on a bridge on the island).
The stunning valley where Agios Theodoros is nestled is one of the prettiest areas of the region with the village built along two banks of the Pentaschoinos river. This is another gem with traditional architecture, from the houses to the churches (including Agioi Anargiroi and Panagia Astathkiotissa chapels). Don’t forget to add the ‘Old Olive Mill’ and the ‘Orchard of the Village’ picnic site to your list of must-sees! As both a mountain and coastal village, the beaches here are also picture-perfect.
Delikipos is one of the smallest, ‘cutest’ and most beautiful villages I have ever visited (its population is tiny!), and it really is a green oasis with its nature trail that passes by a pretty waterfall that joins the river that flows under a double stone bridge. The village also has groves of ancient olive trees and is a fragrant and colourful retreat when in full bloom. We always take a picnic and spend time at the picnic park and the village playground, simply taking in the tranquility!