"Lefkara" Pano Lefkara by PGI

Pano Lefkara Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 104 photos

A village with Character and Tradition

I have my roots in Lefkara, but never really lived there. Having spent most of my life abroad, I came to appreciate the beauty of the village even more, recently. Lefkara is especially beautiful in early spring, when the wild flowers and almond trees come alive. It is indeed one of the most picturesque villages in Cyprus. It has a unique architecture preserved to this day, with one and two story stone-built houses with inner courtyards and narrow stone-paved streets separating them. Lefkara is well known for its beauty. When I mention my origins people in Cyprus react. Ah, Lefkara, Lefkara the beautiful.

In Lefkara the air feels cool and clean, the stars shine in the evening sky and one wakes up with the sounds of bird songs. There are no traffic lights, but driving through the town center should be avoided.

Lefkara is a charming place to visit and better yet stay for a relaxing Cyprus vacation. It is away from the crowds and traffic, it is unspoiled and an excellent starting point to explore Cyprus.

Through the efforts of the Cyprus Government to encourage Agro Tourism, a handful of old stone-built houses in the village have been restored, with the supervision of the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Department of Urban Planning, and offer high quality self- catering accommodation in the heart of Pano Lefkara.

A superb location

Lefkara, in the southern foothills of the Troodos Mountains is less than an hour's drive from Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol and only 20 minutes away from the southern coastal beaches. It is close to the Machairas forest and Monastery, the Troodos Mountain resorts and archaeological sites. At an elevation of about 700 meters it enjoys a superb microclimate.

There are a few coffee shops and good restaurants offering traditional Cyprus dishes in Lefkara. It is a quiet place, perfect for a family vacation. Clubs and nightlife can be found in the Limassol Tourist Area and Larnaca, less than 30 minutes away. You can sample the Cyprus fish-meze in taverns in Zygi by the seashore, just a short drive away.

Lefkara lace and Silver

Lace making was a way of life for Lefkara women for centuries. Initially they were done for the home and later on commission for sale abroad. The Lefkara lace is done on Linen. The designs were handed down from generation to generation. The art of lacemaking expanded from Lefkara to the sorrounding communities, in the Larnaca district where variations characteristic of each village were developed.

There are several shops in Lefkara, where the shopkeepers will be more than happy to show samples of Lefkara lace. When shopping for lace, one has to be very careful and look at the detail of the workmanship. Prices can vary depending on the quality, so try to look at the detail and understand what you are buying. It is after all a piece of art.

Before you do your shoping, visit the handicraft museum, look around and compare prices and workmanship.

Silver smithing is a relatively newer craft in Lefkara, the answer of the male population to the dominance of the women lacemakers. Silver artifacts are usually hand crafted. Ask for the authentic local handmade pieces.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A charming traditional village with lots of character.
  • Cons:There is no public transportation to and from Lefkara.
  • In a nutshell:Not just lace but superb architecture and natural beauty.
  • Last visit to Pano Lefkara: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 21, 2009
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