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Lefkara, a picturesque village in Cyprus, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and exquisite handicrafts. Visitors can explore narrow winding streets, traditional stone houses, and world famous lacework, while enjoying stunning views, historical sites, and authentic Cypriot hospitality.

Description

Lefkara, a picturesque village is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and exquisite handicrafts. This charming settlement, with its narrow winding streets and traditional stone built houses, offers visitors a glimpse into the island's timeless beauty and artisanal traditions.

The village is world famous for its intricate lacework known as "Lefkaritika," a craft that has been meticulously passed down through generations. This lace gained international recognition when Leonardo da Vinci reportedly visited Lefkara and purchased a piece to adorn the altar of Milan Cathedral. Additionally, Lefkara is celebrated for its fine silverware, with local artisans creating intricate filigree jewelry and decorative items.

Walking through Lefkara, visitors can explore its historical architecture, including the impressive 14th century Church of the Holy Cross, which houses a revered relic of the Holy Cross. The village's small museums and workshops offer a deep dive into the traditional crafts and local way of life.

Lefkara's scenic location provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside, making it a perfect destination for both cultural immersion and relaxation. The village's warm hospitality, vibrant festivals, and authentic Cypriot cuisine further enhance its appeal, making Lefkara a must visit destination for anyone travelling to Cyprus.

Highlights

Lefkaritiko Embroidery: The tradition of embroidery in Lefkara, known globally as "Lefkaritiko," dates back centuries. Its history is believed to have begun between 1191 and 1571, when noblewomen from the West taught Lefkara’s women the fine art of embroidery. According to legend, Leonardo Da Vinci visited Lefkara in 1841 and took one of these embroideries for the Duomo in Milan. A similar piece was gifted to the Duomo on October 19, 1986, for its 600th anniversary. Lefkaritiko embroidery reached its artistic peak in the 1920-1930s, recognized as some of the finest handiwork globally. This distinction is further validated by its inclusion in UNESCO's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since October 2010.

Architecture: At the southern lower point of Lefkara lies a spring with year-round running water, known locally as Pigi or "Pii." The village likely originated around this spring, making the area of Pigi the nucleus of the first settlement. Lefkara's character is highly picturesque, with narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture featuring old, terracotta-roofed houses. It is also a stop on the island’s 7th Wine Route, which encompasses the mountainous regions of Larnaka and Lefkosia.

Events: The annual Lefkara Festival, held each August, features a vibrant program of music, dance, theatre, and handicraft exhibitions, warmly welcoming visitors to experience the village's rich cultural heritage.