This place is one of the must visit in all Cyprus guide books It left a very weird feeling of admiration and hate at the same time
It is unbelievable how the first impression from the narrow old streets going up and down, flowers on the walls and friendly cats sneaking from house to house can be ruined by 2-3 locals (or maybe not locals) who’s main target is to get maximum advantage from you. And if they don’t get it they become very violent At the beginning we were lifted by the first impression of this village charm and followed the narrow streets to the town centre to look at Cyprus silver masterpieces 🧐
The whole centre is a concentration of tiny stores selling local silver jewellery, the ladies are very friendly and ready to show you everything. I looked at the stuff and I wanted to buy a set, but at some point the friendliness changes and the lady becomes annoying pushing you to buy more, taking away cheaper stuff, and showing anger when I refuse to buy what she tries to sell me.
I thought - what a weird lady, I will go next door and look at their selection. The lady next door is super friendly and brings everything to show me. I thought “phew, good, I will be able to choose a nice set here”, but when she realises that I’m looking at the mid range priced items, she takes them away and becomes the same annoying and angry one same as the first lady. And the situation repeats in two more stores
In the end we jumped into the car and drove away without buying anything ♀️ I was very disappointed, but in the end apparently it paid off because I found out that in the village where they manufacture these silver jewellery it is 3-4 times more expensive than the same stuff in the souvenir shop next door from my hotel 🤯
The weirdest thing though is that all other people on Cyprus are the friendliest I ever met in Europe, I would say that overall the country didn’t impress me much, but people did. So let’s consider Lefkara experience an exception or just a result of a geomagnetic storm