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Vavla

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Vavla

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Vavla is in Larnaca.

Understand[edit]

Vavla is a small village situated on the eastern slopes of the Troodos mountains. Like many Cyprus villages it has suffered depopulation in recent times. Currently the population stands at 52 (2011 census).

Get in[edit]

The usual way of getting to Vavla is by car. Recently, a local bus service has started and you can find timetable details on the Internet.

Get around[edit]

The best way of getting around the village is to walk. The narrow streets do not allow the easy passage of vehicles. Walking means you get to see far more as well as having the chance to talk to the residents.

See[edit][add listing]

There are some things to see in Vavla that, whilst maybe not worth an hour round trip to see, are worth seeing if you have a spare half hour or so.

  • The newly renovated village square is host to a sculpture commemorating the fire of 2000. Vavla is the only village in Cyprus that has a sculpture rather than a statue.
  • Michalakis Parides statue and museum situated next to the coffee shop. Michalakis Parides was an EOKA member and was caught by the British hiding in the house of the village teacher.
  • The restored well (havouza) used to be the water supply for the village in the early 20th Century. It is located near the church down some steps - actually lots of steps - so only have a look if you are happy to walk back up the steps to the road.
  • Agios Minas monastery is further out of the village but is worth a look. The nuns farm the local land as well as paint icons.

Do[edit][add listing]

Most people come to Vavla to do nothing too strenous or active. Probably swim a few lengths of the pool if you are staying on holiday is about the limit. Sitting out watching the stars is more the norm.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are no shops so there is nothing to buy!

Eat[edit][add listing]

Vavla does not have anywhere you can eat. It does have a unique coffee shop that harks back to another time however. Here you get your own drink and put the money in the jar on an honesty basis. This is where you will find the menfolk, especially during the Summer, sitting and talking about nothing in particular. The nearest big supermarket is in Skarinou if you need food shoppping. If you prefer not to leave the village, there are regular visits from mobile shops.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are no bars or clubs in Vavla - in fact most residents will probably be tucked up in bed at the time other people are thinking about going out for the night!

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a few options if you wish to stay in Vavla. As in many villages, some old houses have been renovated to provide agrotourism accommodation. On the outskirts of the village:

  • Self Catering Holiday Home, Cyprus Country Holidays self catering accommodation that has been decorated in more individual style.
  • Our House, Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a restored village house

Contact[edit]

Vavla has a community WiFi connection that visitors can use free of charge. The bench in the churchyard lets you get a good signal. Other places in the village tend to have a patchy connection.

Get out[edit]

The winery Ktima Christoudia is just down the road on the way to Kato Drys Other nearby places you might want to visit are The Neolithic Settlement at Chirokoitia - a 10 minute drive away

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