Village of Agros

On your way to the three neighbourhoods of Agros you will discover the unique traditional craft shops, with the delicious preserved sweets, the traditional soutzouko (threaded almonds dipped in grape juice with flour) and palouze (jellified sweet made from grape juice and flour), the pure bee honey, the village halloumi and the traditional smoked and wine-cured delicatessen meats.You will come across fresh fruits and vegetables, the nursery garden with its beautiful flowers and aromatic plants and trees, and you will see how village wine and traditional zivania are produced. You can also visit the pottery workshop and appreciate the beautiful smell of the roses which, apart from the famous Agros rosewater, also produce many other products such as tea, liqueur, aperitif, wine, aromatic candles and organic cosmetics.

Initiate yourself into the secrets of fine wine making and enjoy a wine tasting experience during your tour in one of the local wineries. At the historical centre of the village, you can enjoy the digestive water of Agros together with a meticulously prepared Cyprus coffee or hot village tea in one of the traditional coffee shops. For banking services and facilities, the local cooperative bank is at your disposal.

The picturesque village of Agros is situated at almost 1100 metres above sea level, at the slopes of Troodos Mountain, in the heart of Pitsilia and the entire island of Cyprus. It is renowned for its dry and healthy climate and the hospitality of its inhabitants. The village maintains its traditional character and offers a natural and built environment of unrivalled beauty, with significant historical, religious and cultural sites. It is located 45 minutes from Nicosia and Limassol, 20 minutes from Troodos Square and 80 minutes from the airports of Larnaka and Pafos.

Following a national competition launched by the Cyprus Tourism Organization, the rural village of Agros was selected as best destination for Tourism and Local Intangible Heritage, for its “Rose Festival”. The Competition was launched as part of a project of the EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) initiative.

The village rosewater industry started in 1918 when a pioneer schoolteacher Nearchos Clerides introduced to the locality the first rosebush and encouraged the villagers into cultivating the rose.

The name rose is derived from the Latin rosa and the Greek rhodon. According to mythology Chloris, the goddess of flowers, crowned the rose as queen of the flowers. Aphrodite presented a rose to her son Eros, god of love. The rose became a symbol of love and desire.

Written literature about roses and rose oil is dated as far back as Homer in the 9th century BC and the Trojan War. According to Homer’s writings, roses decorated Achilles’ shield, while rose oil was used in religious rituals. Greek botanist Theophrastos first wrote about the cultivation of roses in the 3rd century BC.