Büyükkonuk – a Traditional Village in Cyprus
The village of Büyükkonuk (Komi Kebir) nestles on the foothills of the Besparmak (Pentadactylo) Mountain Range at the start of the narrow panhandle of Cyprus. Placed inland, this indigenous eco-village can boast equal proximity to both coastal shores as here Cyprus narrows to only a dozen or so kilometres. The northern coast is rocky with pebbled beaches while the southern shoreline boasts some of the best sandy beaches in the Mediterranean.
Traditional crops in this agricultural village include olive, carob, wheat, barley and some vegetable farming in watered fields. Dairy cows, sheep and goats are raised and most households maintain chickens and a household garden. Forested hills border the village, filling the air with scented pine and wild herbs. Olive groves and other trees dot the landscape with different shades of green, while orchids and other wildflowers abound in season.
Plenty of field roads and narrow tracks are found on the hills and flats areas and as there is a conspicuous absence of fences the surrounding area is attractive for walking and cycling sports.
Joining in Village Activities
Visitors to Cyrus come for many reasons, for the great weather, wonderful beaches, and good food. However, recent trends have seen a rise in the number of tourists interested in learning more about the culture and traditions of Cyprus.
What better way to learn than by joining in eco-village activities where the old traditions and ways are still practiced.
In Buyukkonuk there is something for everyone and every budget. Many different cooking and craft activities can be organized; just ask us and we will help you find an activity at the price that suits you and your group, from young people to seniors. Numerous rural activities are available, including olive picking, goat or sheep milking, basket or broom making, spinning wool, collecting eggs and other traditional activities can be organized, depending on availability and the season.
Our aim in Buyukkonuk eco-village is to help save traditional Cypriot village life as part of the cultural heritage of this island.
The Nitovikla Garden Hotel
For those who are tired of hectic big city life, eco village is a way to have rest and enjoy quiet lifestyle in a place far from civilization, surrounded by pure natue.
A hidden gem of a hotel in Kumyali at the gateway to the beautiful Karpaz peninsula. There is rustic charm here, and some luxury, in a very welcoming family atmosphere.
The food is good and often excellent, the beds are clean, the showers are hot, the storytelling is funny, there is an amazing cave in the garden, and the raki flows freely.
Nearby you’ll find bronze age tombs, carob and olive groves, more limestone caves, a pretty beach, and a set of paths for walking our cycling.
It’s hard to find, but it’s well and truly worth the search.
In Nitovikla one can enjoy:
– Home grown goods
– Home produced halloumi cheese, wine, olives, yogurt, pasta, bread ect.
– Authentic Cyprus
– Pure nature
– Refreshing change of place
Last but not least: here everything is Eco sustainable!