Cyprus // Larnaka and around //

The Kokkinochoria

The area around Paralimni is dotted with villages known collectively as the KOKKINOCHORIA (singular Kokkinohorio), or “red villages”, which get their name from the rich red soil which surrounds them. This is market gardening country and is sprinkled with plastic greenhouses and the tall shapes of wind pumps which traditionally raised water from underground to irrigate the fields. There’s not an awful lot to see, though you’ll come across the odd museum – the Avgorou Ethnographical Museum (€1.70; t 23923340) for example, well signposted from the A3 motorway, which offers an interesting if patchy picture of the past life of the village. Other notable villages in the area include Sotira, Frenaros and Xilofagou, all pleasant enough but lacking the present-day political interest of Deryneia and Pyla.