8. Troodos: Waterfall, Omodos, Medival Bridge & wine tasting
Omodos The picturesque, beautiful wine village of Omodos is located at 800 meters in the Troodos Mountains, in the Krasochoria region. It is not so far from Lemesos (Limassol) and is one of the most traditional and charming villages in Cyprus. It has existed since the Frankish era and is represented on old maps of Cyprus as 'Homodos' or 'Homoclos'. The name of the village goes back to the Greek word for street ('odos'). Omodos is famous for its wine, zivania pomace brandy, handmade and tightly woven lace, and aromatic arkatena (crispy rusks with yeast). Omodos is a very small village but has many interesting sights to offer. Close to each other are the cobbled village square, old and stone-built houses, local wineries, a medieval wine press (also called wine press) and the Monastery of Timios Stavros (Monastery of the Holy Cross) with ancient icons and impressive wood carvings. There is also a National Liberation Struggle Museum, a Crafts Preservation Center for handmade and tightly woven lace, and an Icon Museum. On September 14, one of the largest religious festivals in all of Cyprus takes place in Omodos in honor of the Holy Cross. During the three-day festival, vendors gather in the beautiful square in front of the monastery to offer their wares. Many other events also take place on this square during the summer months and at Easter. - Laneia The Village of Painters. Many visitors to Cyprus simply have no idea what a miracle lies behind this name! Painters, writers and people who value comfort and tranquility fall in love with this place. A lot of creative people who come to the island deliberately choose this village because they are fascinated by the beauty of the mountainous landscape surrounding the village and the narrow little streets. That is why Laneia is called the village of painters. In a village tavern you can treat yourself to tasty home-made dishes, learn a bit about local beekeeping, fruit growing (pears, plums, apricots and others), processing of walnuts and of course wine growing. Unsubstantiated sources say that after the death of vineyards in France, King Henry himself came to Laneia in search of healthy vine plantations. The villagers gave the king some vines, later planted on his native French soil to make champagne wines. Today Laneia is one of only ten villages in the region that produce the basis for Commandaria, the most famous Cypriot dessert wine, aged in oak barrels. Millomeris Waterfall Between the visits to the two villages, we will try to leave the stress of everyday life behind and visit one of the most beautiful natural places in Cyprus. This beautiful place is the Millomeris falls.The name of the waterfalls is derived from the combination of two words. Millos and Meros. Millos means wet in the Cypriot dialect and Meros means place, hence Millomeris denotes a wet place. The waterfall carries the waters of the Kryo Nero River, which also feeds the Caledonia Falls.