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5 Days Gastronomic Holiday in a Rural Agrotourism in Pera Orinis, Cyprus

Aperanti Agrotourism, 4 Kosta S Sottou, 2650, Pera Orinis, Cyprus

Unforgettable Culinary Holiday Cyprus

This gastronomic package in Cyprus at Aperanti Agrotourism will lead you to an unforgettable journey into taste, while staying in a peaceful traditional ecotourism in a rural village. You will get a full immersion in the Cypriot culinary experience, dipping your hands in fresh goat milk and making halloumi cheese, learning the traditional hand-method that has been passed in the family from generations. You will take part in hands-on cooking lessons to learn Cypriot traditional recipes and bread making, using your own products and organic vegetables. This holiday will give you the opportunity to meet local people, chat with them, and learn from their experience, and at the same time to relax and regenerate yourself in the idyllic Cypriot countryside.

Meet the instructors

Sara, Maroulla, & Tassos

Highlights

  • 2 Cypriot cuisine cooking lessons
  • Visit a local winery and enjoy winetasting there
  • Visit to a biofarm, and learn goat milking and organic farming
  • Excursion to the mountains with visit to two UNESCO churches
  • Daily tasty breakfast, as well as delicious dinners and lunch
  • Attend traditional halloumi cheese making workshop
  • Trip to the Agios Irakleidios Monastery
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 11 participants
Airport transfer available:
Larnaca International Airport (US$49 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this holiday, you will stay in Aperanti Agrotourism. Aperanti is a traditional agrotourism bed and breakfast in Cyprus. The house was built in 1915 and has been recently renovated to carefully preserve its traditional style, while also to include modern facilities. Wooden-beamed ceilings, natural stone floors and decorative plasters in combination with wooden or iron-wrought furniture, they all create the idyllic atmosphere of the house. The four rooms for the guests open onto a quiet central courtyard where people can sit down and relax. Breakfast and dinner can be served at the agrotourism accommodation either in the courtyard or in the spacious dining room, according to your preference.

Aperanti Agrotourism consists of four private rooms fitted with wooden beamed ceilings and natural stone/wooden floor and include wrought-iron or wooden bed frames, wooden furniture and tiled bathrooms. Some rooms also have a small private balcony. They named the rooms after birds that you can see in the area. Kranga and Sgartili rooms are perfect for couples, while Thoupi and Alkioni are more spacious and ideal for a family or a group of friends. Facilities provided in all rooms include bed sheets and towels, bathroom toiletries, central heating, and ceiling fans.

Kranga

Kranga is a double room located on the upper floor. It has a wooden double bed and wooden furniture. This room also has a private small balcony overlooking the central courtyard. The private bathroom (bath/wc) is just outside the room, linked via the private balcony.

Sgartili

Sgartili is a double room located in the ground floor. It has a wooden double bed and wooden furniture. The private bathroom (shower/wc) is located inside the room.

Thoupi

Thoupi is a spacious room located in the upper floor. It is perfect for a family or for a small group of friends. It has a wrought-iron double bed, a wooden single sofa bed and wooden furniture. This room has a private small terrace overlooking the road. The private bathroom (bath/wc) is located inside the room.

Alkioni

Alkioni is a very spacious room located on the ground floor. It is perfect for a family or for a small group of friends. It has a wrought-iron double bed, a wooden double sofa bed and wooden/iron furniture. The private bathroom (shower/wc) is located inside the room.

Program

In addition to the cooking classes, you will be collecting fruits directly from the trees and tasting Cypriot wine at the local winery, while admiring the mountains in the distance. You will explore the nearby mountains, visiting old monasteries and UNESCO churches while stopping in local villages for a Cypriot coffee.

You will visit the local farm, experience the goat milking and learn about the importance of organic farming. You will indulge yourself with a memorable Cypriot meal at Aperanti with its fresh seasonal ingredients and the touch of Italian flavor, enjoy a traditional meze in the village tavern and have a gourmet experience in one of the most creative restaurants in Cyprus.

Sample daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at your accommodation at Aperanti Agrotourism either by your own transport or ask Aperanti Agrotourism to arrange for a pick up from the airport. Enjoy the quietness of the inner patio with a welcoming drink (home-made lemonade or coffee or herbal tea) and home-made biscuits/cake. Have a pleasant stroll around the charming village Pera Oreinis, exploring the cobble stones little alleys or visit the fields to collect seasonal fruits.

In the evening, enjoy the full-course menu (starters, main and side dish, dessert) in which the Cypriot and Italian flavors blend together creating a unique home-cooked cuisine, that uses Mediterranean herbs and fresh vegetables from ther field (when available). Conclude the dinner with a coffee or with an herbal tea or with one of their home-made liqueurs (produced using our own fruits or wild herbs and berries).

Day 2: Halloumi cheese making and goat milking at the farm

After an early breakfast with the farm's local products, Maroulla will introduce you to the world of Cypriot cheeses by making Halloumi and Anari cheese following the traditional hand method (approximately four hours).

At lunch time, enjoy the fresh cheeses that have been prepared, together with a fresh village salad, and their own olive products (olive pate, olives and olive oil). In the afternoon, you will visit the white-stone monastery of Agios Irakleidios. Herbal teas, jams and other delicacies produced by the nuns of the monastery can be purchased on site. You will then visit the organic Riverland Biofarm and experiencing the goat milking. The products of the farm (yogurt, airani, and kefir) can be purchased on site.

There will be a guided walk of the farm surroundings with amazing view over the red canyon and the Tamassos Dam. Optional activities at the farm (on request) includes kayaking, archery, horse riding. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Meze (selection of Cypriot dishes) in a local restaurant.

Day 3: Exploring the mountain, wine tasting and cooking class

After breakfast, you head towards the Trodoos mountains. After a brief stop at Xyliatos Dam, you continue to visit the UNESCO churches of Panagia tou Araka and Stavros tou Agiasmati. You head back on a scenic route passing from traditional mountain villages (Alona, Polistipos) and finally concluding the tour with wine tasting in the local winery of AES Ambelis.

Hands-on cooking lessons will take place in the late afternoon. Learn how to prepare a traditional dish of Cyprus (such as home-made ravioli or stuffed vine leaves "koupepia"). Finally dinner will be served. You will enjoy the dish that you have prepared in the afternoon, together with a salad, a dip and a glass of local wine.

Day 4: Bread making and gourmet dinner

In the morning after breakfast, Maroulla will introduce you to Cypriot bread and pastry making. Discover how to make the traditional Cypriot bread using natural yeast and how to prepare Cypriot olive pies and cheese pies. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an afternoon at your leisure (suggestions: self-visit of the capital Nicosia or self-guided visit/trekking in the Machairas mountains or free guided visit to the olive mill during the time of olive collection).

For dinner, enjoy a menu with a “twist” at Peiragmena Restaurant in Lympia village. What a better way to conclude the gastronomic experience by tasting creative dishes at one of the best restaurants in Cyprus that offers a modern adaptation of Cypriot and Mediterranean cuisine by using only high-quality and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Day 5: Departure

Enjoy your breakfast, and finally time for goodbyes and departure.

Included excursions

  • Visit the white-stone monastery of Agios Irakleidios
  • Visit the organic Riverland Biofarm
  • Visit the Xyliatos dam
  • Visit the UNESCO churches of Panagia tou Araka and Stavros tou Agiasmati

Location

This holiday will take place in the picturesque village of Pera Orinis, Cyprus. it is only 20 minutes' drive from the Machairas mountains, 30 minutes' drive from the capital Nicosia and 45 minutes' drive from Larnaca International Airport. The village is located in a unique and diverse countryside. By walking the nature path that starts from the village and depending on the season, you find yourself surrounded by citrus fruit trees, almond flowers, giant olive trees, crops and poppies, prickly pear cactus plants and other.

The path leads you to the Tamassos dam, where you can relax and admire the mountains in the distance. At a short drive from the village, you can admire peculiar geological formations and canyons only found in this region of the island. If you prefer to cool down, the Machairas forest which is only 20 minutes' drive offers you several nature trails and picnic sites.

For people interested in cultural sightseeing, the archaeological site of ancient Tamassos and the monastery of Saint Irakleidios are within walking distance from the village. Some Byzantine churches (UNESCO heritage sites), such as Panayia tou Araka and Stavros tou Agiasmati are also in close proximity (30 to 45 minutes by car).

Nearby places

  • Machairas mountains - 20 minutes
  • Nicosia - 30 minutes
  • Larnaca International Airport - 45 minutes
  • Machairas forest - 20 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

During this holiday, you will be served with daily breakfast at the agrotourism and it consists of the local products, freshly baked pastries with their own olives, home made cheese, home made jams and fresh fruits from the field. The first dinner will be at the agrotourism, a full course meal with fresh seasonal ingredients from their field and the touch of Italian flavor. Another dinner will be in in the village tavern enjoying a local meze, and the last dinner will be a real gourmet experience in one of the most creative restaurants in Cyprus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Optional activities at the farm includes kayaking, archery, cycling, horse-riding (for experts only), and pony ride for children. You can also go for a guided trekking to the Foilani-Machairas Monastery in the nearby mountains to discover the local flora and wild herbs/plants and visit traditional mountain villages. There is an optional cooking lesson, you will learn how to make home-made jams, traditional liqueurs or olive products. You can also go for olive collection and visit to the olive mill to produce your own olive oil.

What's included

  • 2 cooking lessons at Aperanti plus recipes
  • 1 halloumi making workshop
  • Wine tasting in the local winery
  • Visit of the Biofarm and goat milking
  • Visit of the Agios Irakleidios Monastery
  • Visit to Aperanti Agrotourism field
  • Visit of the UNESCO churches of Panagia tou Araka and Stavros tou Agiasmati
  • Transport to the places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Welcoming drink and cake
  • 1 lunch and 2 dinners at Aperanti
  • 1 dinner in the local tavern and 1 dinner in a gourmet restaurant
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Drinks (unless stated)
  • Lunch on day one and day three
  • Optional activities
  • Transport from/to the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

From Nicosia old town you can easily reach the place with your own transport or with public transport bus 157 (30 minutes' drive or ride).

Airport: Larnaca International Airport Airport transfer available: Larnaca International Airport (US$49 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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Pricing information

Children can participate at a discounted price, as well as non participating partners. Send an inquiry for information.

 

If you are travelling for less or more days, Aperanti Agrotourism can modify the tour duration so that it can fit with your holiday plan.

 

If your group is larger than 6, please also send an inquiry for a quotation.

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