a visitor should look for in Kalo Chorio
A Tour of the Commandaria Winery
visitors can watch a short film regarding vineyards and the production
of Commandaria. In the winery they can see the machinery for processing
the grapes and the wine barrels where Commandaria is stored. They
can taste Commandaria and also buy bottles to take home. Small souvenirs
are also available.
A visit to the “eleotrivio” Olive press
It is very interesting
to see how the olive press was used compared to the modern ways of
extracting the oil from olives. The village council has plans to organize
this building as an agricultural museum to exhibit the machinery of
the olive press and other tools that the locals used for all their
agricultural activities through the ages.
Production of Zivania (Traditional Local Drink)
Visitors in the
months of October, November and December will be able to see Zivania
being distilled from the skins of the grapes after extracting all
the juice for the production of Commandaria. The rest of the year
visitors will be able to see the "Kazani"(boiler) used to distil Zivania.
old way of producing Zivania
The Church of St. George
This small and
beautiful church was built in 1768. Visitors can see on the wall on
the north side of the church, an icon of St. George and other paintings
around it. The icons of Christ and Panagia (St. Mary), to the left
and right of the entrance to the Holy Altar of the church are rare
and marvellous works of art.
Church of Agia Marina.
In the church
located in the centre of the village, visitors can see new and old
icons and also appreciate the wooden hand-carved Iconostasis (screen
separating the worshippers from the altar according to Orthodox
tradition). It was carved in the early 1900s, a great creation.
According to stories of the old villagers, the sculptor stayed in
the village for seven years, working solely on the Iconostasis.
traditional part of the village
church, visitors can walk through the narrow and beautiful streets
of the village. Houses are built out of stone and their balconies
provide excellent views. A visit to one of the restored houses will
give a taste of traditional living in Kalo Chorio and will lead
the visitor through time. Most of the villagers used to keep their
goats near their houses, so they could have their own milk and make
the local cheese (halloumi). After walking through the village,
visitors can sit in either of the two coffee shops for a Cyprus
coffee or a mahallepi (a traditional sweet). Next to the coffee
shops is the water pool. The natural spring that pours its waters
into the pool is situated a few meters away, and villagers are very
proud of their spring-fed water supply. The water that is collected
in the pool is used for watering trees and vegetable gardens (Kotsinogia)
close to Pera Gitonia. Pera Gitonia is the south neighbourhood of
the village and is also worth exploring.
The traditional part of the village
Nature Trail through Kotsinogia "The redland".
at the coffee shop visitors can take a walk along a nature trail.
Starting at the centre of the village near the water pool, it passes
through the south neighbourhood of the village and enters the local
gardens full of orange, lemon, walnut and fig trees and many others,
as well as vegetable plots. This trail is unique owing to the morphology
of the land and the view. Enjoy as well the sounds of the birds
and the water in the nearby stream. The end of this trail is east
of the village on the main road that leads to Agios Pavlos. The
Local Council, in co-operation with the Friends of Kalo Chorio Association,
is thinking of creating another nature trail along the banks of
the stream that leads to a waterfall in the winter months.
Buying Traditional Sweets and Others
have the opportunity to visit the co-op mini-market of the village
opposite the Church of Agia Marina. They can buy local products like
Commandaria, Zivania, other local wines, soutzouko, traditional sweets,
preserves, nuts, bee honey, fruit, and many other organic products.
The local council and the friendly and hospitable villagers are willing
to do their best so that visitors will have an unforgettable experience
in Kalo Chorio. Our aim is to satisfy all our visitors so that when
they leave, it will be with happy memories.