The stone producer

20 km from the town of Larnaca, off the main Nicosia-Limassol highway, lays the picturesque hilly village of Tochni. The village is dramatically situated on the sides of a quaint stream, which flows under the bridge of the Church of the Holy Cross. Calcarenite stone, which is abundant in the village, has been used since ancient times. All the impressive, pretty houses of the village have been built with this same stone, which for centuries has been known on the island as the ‘stone of Tochni’, now widely used in contemporary constructions across Cyprus. The village most probably derives its name from ‘techni’, the Greek word for ‘art’, because it used to be the home of the island’s most skillful masons. Wind your way along the narrow sloping alleys and you will discover a beautiful sample of traditional architecture enhanced with blooming gardens. Visit the church of Agios Constantinos and Agia Eleni, the focal point of the village and plan on having lunch in one of the taverns serving Cyprus specialties with the unique flavor and generosity of a homemade meal!