Leaving Larnaca on the road to Nicosia, there is a village of Avdellero signposted. From this village, there is an old road to Athienou ( see map below) and just 2/3 miles before Athienou, there is a farm owned by a friend of mine called Nikos.
Nikos is now in his 80s and he even remembers my grandfather who died in 1958. I stumbled across the farm one day when I stopped to admire some Goats he had in an enclosure at the front.
Nikos arrived while I was there and we got talking and that’s when I discovered that he knew all my family and friends. Since then, I always make a point of visiting Nikos at the farm every time I am in Cyprus, my daughter loves to see the animals too.
Although I have posted about this farm before, I took more video footage on this visit and decided to share it with you.
Nikos at the farm.
Leaving Larnaca on the B2 heading towards Nicosia, a few miles out there is a left turning for Limpia, straight on is the village of Athienou. Right in the heart of the village is a a traditional Cypriot restaurant called ‘Haroulla’s’
The first thing you will notice is the traditional feel of the old village building. It’s built of Earth and Straw in the traditional way, with very high ceilings. The service is wonderful and the food is delicious.
I’d recommend the Meze, each portion is much more than the average person can eat, so bear that in mind if there are a few of you, in that case it would be worth ordering ‘Kleftiko’ as well.
If you arrive after 7:30/8:00PM you normally get hot bread straight from the oven of the local bakery, Athienou is famous for its bread.
The quality and volume of food would not be matched by places in coastal areas for twice the price, definitely worth visiting.