Discover the traditional way of life in Cyprus on a day trip with a car up into the Troodos Mountains. Drive through the pine forest to Tzelefos Bridge to take the perfect photo of the medieval crossing over the Diarizos River. Pass through small villages, such as Anogyra, where you can learn all about the local carob industry. Make your way to the Carob Museum to learn more about the crop and how it is used to make pasteli (carob toffee). Visit Kykkos Monastery that, dates back to the 11th century and lets you travel back in time. It sure is a beautiful monastery with impressive mosaic artworks and paintings, and if you’re driving up in the Troodos Mountains, you should definitely make a stop there.
Omodos is a traditional Cypriot wine producing village, once the property of Sir John De Brie, Prince of Galilee. The village is also renowned for its Monastery of the Holly Cross standing by the stone-paved square. Apart from its byzantine era icons, it holds excellent wood carvings and other ecclesiastical objects of interest, as well as a small national museum. Omodos has a long tradition in wine making. A traditional wine press known as Linos is preserved, where you can stop and sample the local wines and liqueurs: a selection of white and red wines, the famous Commandaria desert wine and of course Zivania. Visitors can stroll around the village’s winding streets and mingle with the locals, walk around for some shopping at the various small shops selling traditional Cypriot items such as crafts, lace and local delights.
The mountainous village of Lefkara is split into Pano Lefkara and Kato Lefkara (higher and lower Lefkara), and is world-renowned for its traditional handicrafts of lace embroidery and filigree silver. The crafts of lace and silver have been practiced in the village since Venetian times, and visitors can learn all about them, and watch the lace and silver being made at the Lefkara Handicraft Centre, the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing, and various workshops. The character of the village is very picturesque with its narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture of old, terracotta-roofed houses. Among its interesting sites are the Folklore Museum, the old fountain and the old olive mill. The village also has beautiful and ancient chapels, including the church of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), and the chapel of Archangelos Michail in Kato Lefkara, with frescoes that date from the 12th and 15th centuries.
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