Typical Cyprus Village - Lefkara Tour
Duration: Half Day
The beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus is renowned for its picturesque mountain villages, many of which lie amongst the lush green hills of the impressive Troodos mountain range. This fascinating cultural tour will take you to the village of Lefkara, famous for its handmade lace and silverware. See how the local artisans work and live as you explore old cobbled streets where time seems to have stood still. This excursion is a wonderful way to see the ‘real’ Cyprus.
Located on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains in the west of Larnaca District, Lefkara is one of the prettiest villages in Cyprus. Its name is believed to have been derived from the Greek words "Lefka Ori" (White Mountains) because of the region’s white-coloured limestone rock landscape. Comprising of an Upper (Pano) and Lower (Kano) town section, the narrow cobbled streets, lined with traditional stone houses and cosy tavernas, are a delight to explore.
Women can still be seen sitting in the doorways and courtyards, making the famous village lace known as Lefkaritika, as well as beautiful linen which they intricately adorn with traditional embroidered patterns. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.
Lefkara was once a popular summer resort for wealthy Venetians and the local women came into close daily contact with their household linen. They soon copied and adapted the old Italian white needlework, which dates back to the 16th century, and the tradition has remained strong here ever since. Leonardo da Vinci was reputedly so impressed by the Lefkara women’s adaptation of Venetian embroidery that he took a piece back to Italy in 1481 to adorn the altar in Milan Cathedral.
The village is also renowned for its unique silverware, produced by skilled local silversmiths. Their speciality is the exquisite filigree work: if you supply a picture of an object it can be converted into a silver masterpiece. These beautiful crafts make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.
You will also visit a small Turkish Delight Factory on the tour, which is a must for visitors with a sweet tooth, whilst the Lace and Silverware Museum will give you a fascinating insight into Cypriot life over a hundred years ago. Located in the restored House of Patsalos, you will see exhibits of 19th century furniture and artifacts belonging to a wealthy family at that time, as well as traditional local costumes and examples of the famous Lefkara lacework. Combining culture, history and natural beauty, this unique tour is a fascinating experience to add to your holiday in Cyprus.
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