The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently named Pano Lefkara as one of the ‘Best Tourism Villages’ as part of an initiative to advance the role of tourism in safeguarding rural villages.

The UNWTO recognises villages which stand as an outstanding example of a rural tourism destination, as well as cultural and natural assets that preserve and promote rural and community-based values, products and lifestyle. It also honors villages that have a clear commitment to sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental.

Lefkara is famed around the world for its traditional ‘lefkaritiko’ lace, and it is reputed that Leonardo da Vinci once stopped off in the beautiful village in the 15th century to buy a large ornate tablecloth, which today decorates Duomo Cathedral in Milan. In 2009, Lefkara lace was added to UNESCO’s representative List of Intangible Culture Heritage. Lefkara village is also famous for its silverware, with numerous shops dotted around the area selling fine trinkets, jewellery, vases and more.



Stroll through Lefkara’s cobblestoned lanes to discover age-old traditions, while also taking a look at the architecture of the area. Houses are made with local white stone, and many are capped with characteristic terracotta roofs. Be sure to also take a look at the village’s famous church, dedicated to the Holy Cross and dating back to the 14th century. Before you step inside, take a snap of the gorgeous tiles at the church entrance!