I thought to give you the name of some Cypriot dishes and explain what each one represents so that you know exactly what it is when you are at a Cypriot restaurant.
You can of course photo copy and have it with you on the trip.
Afelia: it is pork cooked in red wine crushed coriander seeds
Arni: it is lamb
Avgolemono: egg and lemon soup
Bourekia: small puff pastries with meat, or cheese and cream with a cheese filling.
Daktyla: almong finger pastries
Elioti: olive bread or pie
Elies tsakistes: cracked green olives with coriander seeds, lemon and crushed garlic.
Fangri: sea bream
Fasolia: haricot beans cooked in a casserole
Feta: salty white cheese usually crumbled on village salads.
Flaounes: Cypriot Easter cakes made with cheese and spices
Glyko: preserved fruits in syrup
Halloumi: firm goats or ewes milk cheese, often served grilled.
Horiatiki salata: village salad of white cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, olives, onion, etc.
Houmous: dip from soaked, crushed chick peas
Kapari: pickled caper
Karaoli yahni: snails in tomato sauce
Keftedes: meat balls
Kleftiko ofto: lamb or goat wrapped in foil with herbs and baked in a sealed oven
Kolokotes: pastries stuffed with red pumpkin, raisins and pourgouri
Koupepia or dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
Koupes: cigar shaped wheat cases with meat filling
Loukoumades: doughnuts in syrup
Loukanika: Cyprus sausages
Loukoumia: Wedding shortbread
Lountza: smoked and marinated loin of pork
Moungra: pickled cauliflower
Moussakas: a pie made from layers of minced beef, spices and vegetables with cheese topping
Octopodi krasato: octopus in red wine
Pitta: flat envelope of unleavened bread
Pourgouri pilafi: pilaf of cracked wheat
Ravioli: pastry stuffed with halloumi and mint
Rizi: wheat and lamb pilaf, served at weddings.
Sheftalia: minced pork and herb rissole
Souvla: large chunks of lamb cooked on a spit
Stifado: rich beef and onion stew
Tahini: sesame seed paste, served as a dip
Taramosalata: dip made from smoked cods roe
Trahanas: soup from cracked wheat and yoghurt
Tzantziki/or Talatouri: yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip
Yemista: baked stuffed vegetables with rice and minced beef
My favorite thing about Larnaca is that I am proud to be born here.
When younger I could not understand why tourists come to Larnaca. Ever since I have become a Freelance guide writer, I love coming here and seeing the same things again and again. Larnaca is a city with much to give, much history, many museums and the best of all is that nearly all the sites in Larnaca can be seen in 2 or 3 days!
It is not only beaches!
CTO, Athinon Ave., near the marina entrance, Tel. 04 - 654 322
CTO, Plateia Vasileos Pavlou, Tel. 04 - 654 322
CTO airport, open 24 hours, Tel. 04 - 643 000
Main post office: Zinonos Ktietos, north of the Sileos Pavlou corner.
Hospital: Tel. 04 - 630 300
Flight information: (24 hours) Tel. 04 - 654 389
Cyprus Airways: Tel. 04 - 654 294
Lost properties: Tel. 04 - 630 200
Fondest memory: Its warm beaches. One of the shallowest for children is the Phinikoudes Beach.I am a person who wants to exercise in the morning so I love the morning walk on the beaches in Larnaca. Locals are very fond of exercising and you can see them walking up and down the different beaches early each morning.
If you ever thought you might fancy a tattoo then you've come to the right place in larnaca.
This is the home of Larnaka Ink...the original. Just take a look at the Studio, its just at the entrance to the beach opposite the Police Station at Phinikoudes (Larnaca Seafront) by the traffic lights. Maybe your holiday's the time to get the tattoo you always promised yourself but never had the nerve. This place is my favourite thing to do in Larnaca and I can take back a souvenir that'll last forever!!
Larnaca is not really beautiful, but somehow it's much lower key than other southern beach cities... you can still see local people living there, and artisans working in their businesses... and in particular, there are local businesses that are not tourist-related. it doesn't sound like much - but go to Paphos and try to spot one... it won't be an easy task.
The city is possibly Cyprus oldest town - and the oldest ruins can be seen at the Kition excavations. The modern town, instead, is plit in two, metaforically: there's a small but older city center full of character, and a wide sprawl of uncharacteristic hotels and restaurants along the beach.
Fondest memory: Some of the sights in Larnaca are top class. In particular the tiny but truly amazing Church of St. Lazarus, built over and around the tomb of the biblical Lazarus.
Outside town the Larnaca Salt Lake is very scenic and picturesque, and nearby you can visit the
Hala Sultan Tekke which hoststhe tomb of Umm Haram, the foster mother of Mohammed.
Not in Larnaca but in LEFKARA you must be to see these women working their lace......
There are two LEFKARAS, aboout 1 km. from each other.
In cyprus we often see a upper village (Pano) and a lower village (kato).
Pano Lefkara is quite commercial but Pano Lefkare is just great!
It is here that you have to be for the traditional local style of LACE that is called: LEFKARITIKA.
This is not the name of a certain pattern because each design is a creation of the woman who makes it. It is a very complicated and intricated Art.
The skills go from mother to daughter.
The lace is very sought after by ROYALTY as well as by more humble visitors like you and me!
Fondest memory: Seeing these women at work, definitely. Asked how many time a certain work would take, the answer was: a year!!
This precious LACE has already been made here for CENTURIES and the rich VENETIAN women who wanted to flee the heat and came to this place, bought it and took it home!
So it is really WORLD FAMOUS....
The men soon discovered that those works of art brought them more money so they stopped farming and became "agents", "managers" and even made trips abroad while their wives and daughters had to stay home to make the lace...
Here you see mothers and daughters, the younger ones also in black, and only one with glasses, working and talking!
Try everything the place is just excellent.People are fantastic & the food & local drinks are great.
thanks Larnaca for a holiday we won't forget.
We will be back.
Fondest memory: All of it was unforgetable.
our youngest daughter had her 9th birthday while we were in Larnaca & thanks to Alikati restaurant she had the most delicious caramel cake we have ever tasted.Thanks to the Naziris family.
Fondest memory: Going to a restaurant one evening where a typical Cypriot 'wedding' was put on for the tourist in an outdoor restaurant. It was very enjoyable and the food was great. The dancing afterwards was great too!
visit the pier in larnaca where you can go on boat trips for a few cyprus pounds
Fondest memory: troodos mountains.which is up by nicosia, a very beautiful place. and after sweltering in their summer heat it was very cool!
Believe or not, but the sign was put out in the park of the hotel close to the swimming pool..
Enjoy your holiday!! hehe...:-)))
Find Glossary Tips of the most popular Cypriot dishes here, as well as Useful Phone Numbers and Addresses and several other interesting Tips.