The “Larnaca Bee Villages” are distinguished for their rich and common tradition in beekeeping and bee products and constitute the cluster of nine bee-producing communities of the mountainous Larnaca. Collectively they promote the practice of beekeeping while contributing to the protection of biodiversity and offer visitors authentic experiences, including tours of themed nature trails, annual bee-themed festivals, honey tasting and hive product crafts. The villages are also active in promoting the beneficial properties of honey through its inclusion in recipes, products and local menus.
In the village of Melini, the family business Oros Machaira produces local raw honey and offers visitors experiential workshops, activities and bee therapy.
The visitor comes in contact with the local producers and enjoys the natural beauty inside the village of Melini through a journey of flavours. They can participate in guided tours on the honey extraction process and learn about honey and the bee through a hands-on experience.
The apiary offers experiential workshops aimed at all ages. Participants have the opportunity to progress to bee making and beyond, learning about the concepts of circular economy and recycling through an educational experience.
Finally, did you know that hive products are used in therapeutic applications? Bee therapy is a natural way of alternative medicine and its roots go back to ancient times. The visitor in the context of a visit to Mount Machaira has the opportunity to experience an unprecedented healing experience.
Educational tourism has many applications if one looks for destinations worth visiting, combining education and tourism through a trip to places of gastronomic interest.
The EduTourism project is implemented in the framework of the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Programme “Greece – Cyprus 2014-2020” and is co-financed by the European Union (E.T.P.A.) and by National Resources of Greece and Cyprus.