The Neolithic village
33 km from the city of Larnaca, off the main Nicosia-Limassol highway, Khirokitia is a village with rich historical background. Visiting the village is like an ‘educational journey’ to the past of the island and to the daily routine of its first residents. In Khirokitia you can admire one of the most typical settlements of the Neolithic age. In the east side of the village, upon the slope of a hill, lies the ancient Neolithic settlement of Khirokitia, the existence of which dates back to the sixth millennium BC and was unveiled by the archaeological pick-axe in 1934. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998. The Church of Agios Iacovos Persis is located in the village square and it was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The church is stone-built, based on the gothic style whereas its roof is covered with tiles. The icon of Agios Iacovos Persis has been done by the Cretan painter Ioannis Cornaro. Visiting Khirokitia you can stay in fully renovated houses that have maintained their original character and serenity. Each house combines the charming architecture of the past with today’s modern amenities. You can also enjoy a traditional meal at the taverns of the village.