A few kilometers from Larnaka, it’s the only mixed village in Cyprus that Greeks and Turkish Cypriots still live together. The name means “Gate” and in reality is a pass from the sea to the mesaoria plain. Because of this role and its rich mines the village has been inhabited since prehistoric times. During the bronze era it was extremely important as the nearby mines of the area were producing cooper, silver and gold. The archaeological site Kokkinokremos is a 13th century BC fortified settlement used by the Mycenaean Greeks for the protection of the area. A temple of Apollo and many tombs of the classical and Hellenistic times were also discovered. The names of many feudal lords of the village’s medieval times also survive, as the Venetian watch - tower of the village too. The beautiful beaches of the village are today part of the Larnaka bay tourist area.Voroklini
One of the nicests spots in the whole of the Larnaka bay is the elevation above the village of Voroklini (Oroklini) known as Yerakomoutti (eagles’ nose), where the Chapel of Prophitis Elias stands. The breathtaking and panoramic view of the whole of the Larnaka bay will be in front of you, and will give you the feeling of a flight. The area of village itself is today one of the best residential areas of Larnaka and its sandy beaches part of the Larnaka bay tourist area. The village's lake attracts in the winter a lot of migrating birds.Lefkara
Words do not suffice and do not have enough colour to truly describe the beauty of Lefkara. Lefkara is famous for its hand made lace and its silverware art. However, Lefkara is much more than just its lace and silver. The dry and healthy climate, the hospitality of the people of Lefkara, the rare beauty of the landscape and the tradition of the embroidery craft, are only some of the reasons that attract thousands of people from all around the world to visit Lefkara. The skillful manufacturing of the loukoumia (a traditional Cypriot delight) is still another factor, which makes the village of Lefkara so renowned. Visitors from other regions of Cyprus as well as visitors from abroad have the opportunity to observe the traditional way of making these delicacies as well as taste them. Walks alongside the various rural streets and paths around the village are also an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Villages of Orini
The villages of Orini are in a mountainous area which is studded with beautiful traditional architecture and old churches and monasteries. A visit to the area, which offers breathtaking scenery is a must for the tourist as it is unspoilt and untouched by tourist development. The most interesting villages to visit are Tochni, Skarinou, Kato Drys, Vavla,
Vavatsinia, Ayioi Vavatsinias, Ora and Odou.
Pervolia - Kiti - Mazotos - Alaminos - Ayios Theodoros - Maroni - Zygi
Travelling westbound you meet the costal village of Pervolia, which experienced a tremendous development along side it’s beautyful beaches, followed by Mazotos village. The Alaminos beach area is now developing in the hotel business. Agios Theodoros, Maroni and Zygi beaches consist the wild-virgin “west” of Larnaka, espesially appreciated by those that like to keep a distance from what we call “development”.