Village Route Two – Larnaka (Orini) District
West of Larnaca and east of Limassol lies a region that waits to be explored. With the exception of the village of Lefkara – famous for its lace and embroidery – other villages nearby are less known, but equally charming. From the Orini (mountainous) villages you have wonderful views of the coast, and most importantly you have the unique opportunity to spend time close to nature and the people and culture of Cyprus.
This hidden part of the island is ideal for those wishing to leave the busy coast for a day and make a short, but exciting, journey of discovery on their own. This journey takes you away from the cosmopolitan Lemesos (Limassol) – Agia Napa – Protaras – on a route which starts from the 7th millenium B.C. ancient site of Choirokitia to traditional villages, monasteries, museums and tavernas which are conducive to a harmonious co-existence of man with nature. It is this wonderful blend that we invite you to experience. Step back in time and discover ancient traditions and sacred places and enjoy the wonderful hospitality with locally produced delicacies from the region.
This booklet has been created to provide you with the information you need to experience the real Cyprus: what to do, see, where to eat and where to buy local crafts and products. Roads are smooth and well signposted to ensure an easy drive and a truly memorable visit. You can go right around in a day, you can do part of the route in one day and part on another, or you can break your journey as you wish. Where possible we have given dates of village festivals and other special events. If dates are not shown, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) or your travel representative can help you.
Approximate length of main and side routes and time needed:
From Lemesos (Limassol): 210km – 7 hours
Take A1 from Limassol towards Lefkosia (Nicosia). Start your route at Choirokitia.
Petrol Stations: Make sure you start your route with a full tank. Fill up at Limassol / Larnaca or Choirokitia as there are very few petrol stations on the route, and there is no guarantee that they will be open.
Main Route includes the following Villages or stops:
Choirokitia, Vavla, Agios Minas Monastery, Kato Drys, Lefkara, Vavatsinia, Agioi Vavatsinias, Tochni, Kalavassos, Tenta.
Side Route 1: Odou – Gourri, Fikardou, Machairas.
Side Route 2: Mazotos Camel Park.