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15th November 2018

Lefkara is long famous for lace with rumours that Leonardo de Vinci went there and returned home with some. It also has a number of jewellers who specialise in silver work. Close to the donkey sanctuary, the two make a nice half day out.

The trouble, as local friends explain it, is that it has become fat on its expertise and visiting now feels slightly stressful. At every shop someone is dragging you into admire their tablecloths and finery and it is somewhat overwhelming. Amusingly all the shop owners are slagging each other off with “oh that one’s are all imported from China you know”. If you enjoy a haggle and are unperturbed by grannies with the patter of used-car dealers, go and enjoy!

The place itself is idyllic – it feels like a hillside Italian village and has stunning views of the valleys around. The streets are narrow and driving through them would give me a heart attack but Chris managed fine. There are nice coffee shops and a pretty church.

Friends suggested Tochni as a less touristy village for crafts but we’ve not tried it yet as, after Lefkara, we all felt the need for a swim in the sea….