Located in the Larnaka (Larnaca) region, the village of Athienou is a large community found midway between the city of Lefkosia (Nicosia) (38 km) and the town of Larnaka (33 km), and can be reached by following either the A3 and the B17 route, or the A2 and B2 route.
Athienou has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, and is the continuation of the ancient city-kingdom of Golgoi.
The village is famous for its delicious traditional bread – known locally as ‘Athienitiko’ – and its pastries, as well as its dairy products, which visitors can watch being made.
Other interesting sights include the archaeological site of Athienou-Malloura, the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum (which also exhibits finds from the Malloura site), and several old, restored buildings – including a traditional flour mill.
Athienou’s churches of Panagia Chryseleoussa, Agios Fokas and Agios Georgios are particularly notable for their historically significant icons and frescoes.
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