Famagusta: Fikardou, Machairas & Lefkara Guided Tour

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Explore the hidden treasures of Famagusta and visit Fikardou village, Machairas Monastery, and Lefkara on a guided trip. Finish your tour in Skarinou and try bread making and a local lunch.


  • Explore the cobbled lanes of the well-preserved highland hamlet of Fikardou
  • Visit the historic Machairas Monastery, home to a revered icon of the Virgin Mar
  • Enjoy a ‘traditional village lunch in a family-run restaurant
  • Expert local guide with an unrivalled knowledge of Cyprus and its people
  • Stroll around pretty Lefkara village, famed for its lace-making inhabitants


You'll leave no stone unturned as you explore Cyprus's hidden corners. This exclusive excursion takes in remote highland villages, dramatic landscapes and a revered monastery. It also includes a traditional Cypriot lunch. Stavroula, one of our local guides on this tour, says, ‘Fikardou village is an excellent example of rural mountain life, where the 19th-century architecture is in complete harmony with the environment.' A real taste of what's to come. Heading inland, you'll arrive mid-morning at rustic and laidback Fikardou. All cobblestones and historic houses, time seems to have frozen still here. And with free time to explore, you'll find that ancient traditions still hold their way. It's so well-preserved that it's on UNESCO's tentative list of world heritage sites. Next, you'll head to the 12th-century Macharias Monastery, which is located on a remote hillside. Its lavishly decorated interior houses a sacred icon of the Virgin Mary. We'll then go to charming Lefkara, a village famed for its handmade lace and embroidery. ‘Women, young and old, can be seen seated outside their homes and shops making lace,' says Stavroula. ‘For hundreds of years, the men from the village have travelled all over Europe to sell it, even Leonardo da Vinci bought some.' The tour ends on a high in Skarinou village. Here, you'll try your hand at halloumi and bread-making before enjoying a ‘KM0' lunch of locally sourced ingredients at a family-run restaurant.


Transportation by minibus Guide Entrance Fees Lunch & Glass of Wine or Water

Important Information

  • Dress appropriately – no shoulders or knees showing – when visiting religious buildings

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