The mountains of Cyprus – Troodos5 comments May 27th, 2010 | By Tobias | Category: Travelling
The second day we drove up to the Troodos mountains. As soon as we left the coast the tourism got less and less. Soon we found ourselves in idyllic wilderness and lots of green. Small mountain villages are spread out throughout the mountains and valleys.
The village of Omodos was our first stop. After a stroll through the picturesque village center we found a little traditional tavern. Polis, who runs the Makrinari Tavern was a great host. He introduced us to his self made treasures while he served us great local Tzivania.
Tzivania, is similar to Raki, Tsipouro or Grappa and is served chilled.
Tsamarela is sun baked meat of goatling. The raw meat is being salted and then covered with foil. It is placed in the sun for three to four days and then washed in warm water to remove the salt.
The goats is Polis’s own. He keeps them as well for milk.
The milk is used for Halloumi cheese.
The grilled “Paedakia” – were the best lamb chops that I have had in a while. One could taste that the local meat is just juicier and that the keeping and feeding of the animal makes such a difference to the quality of the meat.
Here is Polis with his helper and me.
We ended the day with a fantastic walk along this stream.
A beautiful and quiet day, far away form the buzzing coast. Up in the Troodos area in central Cyprus.