Top 5 Christmas Villages to visit in Cyprus – 2023 Edition

Cyprus has gradually crafted its version of a Christmas Village, inspired by those found in Central and Western European nations. Here, we introduce five options for you to explore during the holiday season, enriching your Christmas experience with a Cypriot touch!

1. Fikardou

Resting in the Nicosia district, Fikardou village, positioned at 900 meters on the Troodos southeastern slope in Pitsilia, is a serene Ancient Monument. Recognized in 1978 and honored with the Europa Nostra award in 1987, this almost-deserted village embraces 18th-century houses meticulously restored to showcase remarkable woodwork and folk architecture.

Car-free, Fikardou captivates with two Department of Antiquities-owned museums, the House of Katsinioros and the House of Achilleas Dimitris, offering a glimpse into rural life.

The 16th-century church, devoted to the apostles Peter and Paul, adds historical depth.

2. Lefkara

In the Larnaka region lies the renowned mountain village of Lefkara, divided into Pano Lefkara and Kato Lefkara. Revered worldwide for its traditional crafts—lace embroidery and filigree silver—Lefkara sits at 650 meters above sea level, nestled at the Troodos Mountains’ foothills.

Accessible via the A5, A1, and E105 routes, the village has preserved these crafts since Venetian times. Explore lace and silver-making at the Lefkara Handicraft Centre and the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci visited in 1481, purchasing a lace altar cloth.

Lefkara’s character is picturesque with narrow streets, terracotta-roofed houses, and ancient chapels. The village hosts the annual Lefkara Festival in August, featuring music, dance, theatre, and handicraft exhibitions. Visitors are warmly welcomed to this cultural celebration.

3. Kalopanagiotis

Nestled in the Marathasa valley within the Troodos mountain range, Kalopanagiotis is a picturesque mountain resort offering thermal springs, traditional architecture, and stunning views of the Marathasa valley.

Perfect for agrotourism, it resides in a tranquil natural setting. The UNESCO-listed Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis features three Byzantine churches adorned with well-preserved frescoes from the 9th to the 15th century. Other attractions include the Venetian bridge, Kykkos watermill, and charming cobbled streets.

The watermill, a cultural heritage monument, stands alongside a 16th-century stone bridge. Kalopanagiotis offers a delightful climate year-round, inviting exploration of its extensive and well-maintained hiking trails, among the best on the island.

4. Agros

Situated in the Troodos mountain range, within Limassol district’s Pitsilia region, Agros perches at an altitude of 1,100 meters. Resembling a theatre layout, surrounded by embracing mountains, Agros offers an idyllic agrotourism experience.

Preserving its traditional character, this village showcases panoramic forest views and cultivates a variety of fruits and vegetables. Renowned for its rose cultivation, Agros specializes in producing cured meats, marmalades, and sweets.

Traditional practices like rose oil distillation and meat processing are on display at local workshops, inviting visitors to witness these age-old techniques.

5. Kyperounta

Nestled in the Troodos mountain range, Kyperounta village, located in Limassol district’s Pitsilia region, sits at around 1,300 meters altitude, ranking as Cyprus’s third-highest village.

Preserving its traditional charm, Kyperounta boasts uphill roads, vineyards, and houses with tiled roofs, creating a picturesque allure. Renowned for its apples, wine, and traditional cold meats, the village showcases a unique character rooted in Byzantine history.

Key attractions include Agia Marina and Agios Arsenios churches, an ancient church with unique frescoes, and three museums. Visitors can explore Kyperounda Winery and Adventure Mountain Park, along with nature trails. Accommodation, including hotels and agrotourism options, cater to visitors, along with various dining establishments.

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