FIKARDOU TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN CYPRUS

Trip Start Oct 25, 2009
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Trip End Nov 02, 2009


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Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Sunday, December 13, 2009

           THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF FIKARDOU



This picturesque village is situated 32 km south east of Nicosia, surrounded by peaks of over 1000 m high.

The buildings date back from the 19th century with modifications and additions made from the 20th century.



During winter time, there are just 4 people living in the village, all over the age of 65, occupying 4 dwellings.  There was a steady fall after 1960 in the population and the inhabitants moved to either the city or chose to live in larger settlements in search of a better life. During the weekends however a number of families return to the village.



This small village with its authenticity and the preservation of the sites, attract a great number of both locals and foreigners who come here to visit it, usually during the weekends. 



The local Rural Museum is housed in two of the most interesting traditional dwellings. 



The main activities of the locals is agriculture.  In the past there used to be kilns for firing the ceramic half-round tiles and slabs used to construct houses.  Mud bricks were also made locally.



This picturesque village was until recently an isolated self-sufficient settlement. Luckily the 4 people who permanently live in the village continue their traditional activities.



A Cypriot series shown on TV made the village even more popular, so many people come here after watching it.  There is a Traditional Cypriot Restaurant very beautifully decorated inside with traditional Cypriot cuisine.





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