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Anoyira Village -  Limassol
Anoyira is a pretty village with old stone houses, cobbled streets and tubs of coloured flowers. Many of the houses have been built using locally quarried limestone and many of them have been renovated as Anoyira is one of the villages that are being preserved in the government scheme. The village has the award winning Chateau La Noyère winery run by the Nicolaides brothers which produces eight good wines and was was one of the first to used non-indigenous grape varieties.
On the upper edge of Anoyira is Oleastro - the Olive park – which contains a working ecological olive mill run by Andreas and Lina Ellinas as well as museum areas that tell the history of the olive and explain the different uses of the olive and olive wood.

Anoyira is a fun place to enjoy a mini-break and in the heart of the village is a beautiful old building – 300 years old that was the family home of Nicolas Makrides. He and his wife have restored the building and converted it into eight holiday studios with traditional stone walls, mellow furniture and traditional soft furnishings and outside a flower-filled courtyard where the couple often light the charcoal and prepare a barbecue for their guests.

Property has long been popular in Anoyira as many Cypriots have restored their family homes and foreign families have settled there. Whilst it is very difficult to find an older property to buy, Avlonas is a new development of traditionally styled village houses that blend in perfectly with their surroundings and are situated on the lower edge of the village which is perfect for that daily stroll.

Discover the many attractions of Anoyira village on your Cyprus holiday.

The Pastelli Museum is open 1.00 – 6.00 p.m. daily.
The Nicolaides Winery can be visited by appointment Tel 25- 221709 and there is the chance to sample and buy the range of wines.
The Olive Park -Oleastro is open daily 10.00- 8.00 p.m. Tel 99- 565768 or for more information.
Nicholas & Maria’s Cottages for great overnight stays, please telephone 99-525462 or e-mail nmcottages@cytanet.com.cy
For more information about the Avlonas project visit www.abbeycountry.com
Anoyira (Anogyra) Village, Limassol

The best way to enjoy the villages of Cyprus and to feel their character is to park the car and just wander through the streets and the village of Anoyira in the Limassol district with its attractive architecture and cobbled streets is no exception.

Anogyra stands on a plateau 450 metres above sea level, overlooking the coast and the fun begins as the car climbs the hill to the village as the view back over the coast from Akrotiri peninsula to the east and Pissouri to the west is breathtaking. As you climb your way up to the village it is easy to understand why the village is called Anoyira – which means ‘staircase’! As you approach the top of the hill there are often cars parked by the Apricreni (village spring) as their occupants eagerly collect water as it is said that this cool water that comes underground from the mountains is amongst the best in Cyprus! As you climb the hill a little further you will find the picturesque Byzantine monastery of Timios Stavros by the road.

The wealth of the village has always come from the land and whilst today the revenue is generated by grapes and olives, in the past it was carobs which were known as ‘the black gold of Cyprus’. The carob pods are harvested in September and were taken by donkey down to the coast at Evdhimou where they were stored in the large stone warehouse (charopomilos) awaiting export to the Middle East. The carob pods were sorted and split open to reveal the six evenly-sized seeds inside that were sold separately – for a much higher price! The seeds were used by merchants for weighing gold and this is where the term ‘carat gold’ originated. Today, the seeds are sold for use in the cosmetic and record industries whilst the pods are either used for making the nutritious chocolate substitute or milled for animal feed.

Carobs are still exported today and 15 years ago, the villagers decided it would be fun to turn the annual village festival into the Pastelli Festival in honour of pastelli - the chewy carob toffee that many of the housewives make. Another local speciality is carob syrup -teratsemelo - which tastes delicious spread on thickly sliced bread or drizzled over Greek Yoghurt. The Pastelli Festival takes place in September and there is the chance to watch pastelli being made as well as to taste some and to join in the dancing until the early hours of the morning! In the village is the Pastelli Museum gives an interesting insight into the importance of the carob trade and how Anoyira was one of the regional centres.