Cyprus Agrotourism in Anogyra
Anogyra Village (or Anoyira) is an ideal Cyprus agrotourism destination: is a small picturesque traditional Cyprus village halfway between Limassol and Paphos, major towns and tourist areas on the South coast of Cyprus and a 25-minute drive to both. The Village has an altitude of about 400 metres above sea level and during the hot summer months does not suffer the humid conditions experienced in the coastal towns. A 15 minute drive to the coast will enable visitors to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.
One of the most striking features about the village is its architecture with stonebuilt Cyprus Village houses and cobbled streets which were created then and now ftom the local quarry. A large number of houses have been restored and Anogyra is now one of the ten villages earmarked by the Government for conservation, thus being an ideal destination for agrotourism Cyprus holidays.
From the main highway, the road to the village passes through another local village and climbs gradually past deeply cut ravines, carob and olive trees. Two kilometres ftom the Village, the winding road becomes much steeper and on one of the bends you will encounter the Village spring named "Apikreni". Its water is cool and fresh as it travels underground ftom the slopes of the Troodos mountains.
A little distance further and before reaching the Village the majestic ruins of a Byzantine monastery can be found. It is named after the Holy Cross (Ayios Stavros). Built in the 14th Century, the Monastery was hand painted with Icons typical of Greek churches of that
period. The Monastery was abandoned in the 19th Century. The Department of Antiquities started excavations in 2000 and renovation of the inside of the Monastery. Whilst many ofthe Icons have faded, remnants can still be seen on the roof.
Anogyra is well known for its carobs which are picked from the trees between August and November. The carobs are ground and the juice is boiled on an open fire in a couldron to make teratsomelo (carob honey) and Pastelli (carob toffee). In midSeptember, a carob festival is held in the Village to celebrate the harvest of the carob. The Festival, which is attended by many people ftom the village and beyond, comprises traditional greek dancing and music, food, wine and other local delicacies and a demonstration on the making of Pastelli.
Anogyra is a working village surrounded by farms and vineyards. Its growing population benefits from two grocery shops, two taverns with free of charge swimming pools. At both taverns visitors can enjoy traditional Cypriot cooking as well as a selection of other food. Additionally, visitors can benefit ftom trips to the local family run winery where they can taste and buy wine and to an olive press and museum which is two kilometres outside the Village where past and present production of olive oil can be viewed.