Aradippou has long been a sizeable village and in a survey undertaken in 1966 it was deemed the 10th largest. A number of the villagers were craftsmen involved in the building trade including carpenters making window frames and masons the traditional stone floors and in the past ten years with so many properties being renovated there has been a renaissance in both these skills and the craftsmen work on limited buildings all over Cyprus.
The focus of the village is the sizeable church of Ayios Loucas (Saint Luke) and the Paniyiri held to celebrate its Name Day in November is one of the largest. There is a second church, just north of the village which is dedicated to Ayia Ematousa and the large rock outside is credited with special healing powers for those with blood disorders.
Visiting the village of Aradippou, great if you are looking for things to do in Larnaca whilst on your Cyprus holiday. Why not visit the official website of the village here.
Situated just seven kilometres south-west of Larnaca, Aradippou is a popular place with those working in the town and those who have retired
and in recent years, there have been a variety of new projects ensuring that there are properties available in all price brackets!
The centre of the village has changed little in generations, with cobbled streets and a strong community spirit and older members are keen to reminisce over a coffee about days gone by as the village has a long and colourful history from when it was an ancient settlement, just north of its current position. During the 500 years of Turkish rule, the village was the only one in Cyprus that was allowed to rear pigs and even today it remains well known for its excellent pork! Many villagers not involved in animal husbandry collected the salt from the Larnaca Salt Lake and exported it to the Middle East
Later in the late 19thy/early 20th century, the village gained prosperity as it was on the main camel route between Larnaca and Nicosia, when the town was the island’s main port and the village had a large khan where the camel drivers and their animals could eat and rest. At that time, there were 350 camel drivers in Cyprus – including five women! During the same period there was a great deal of interest in horses as the island had race tracks in both Larnaca and Nicosia and several breeders in the village became amongst the best known.