The brunch craze has taken over in recent years, there’s no doubt about it. Who doesn’t love a good weekend breakfast? This Saturday instead of heading to one of the usual spots in the city, why not venture out to Lympia for some traditional, homemade, village brunch in a picturesque agro-touristic setting?
Lympia may not be your first thought when it comes to days out but a recent trip to Olympia Traditional Houses, a renovated complex of houses and rooms which ooze tradition, made me rethink that. Upon arrival, the detailed stone-wall edges of the houses are the first things you notice. Stepping in, you’re greeted with a large indoor courtyard decorated with colourful flowers and a wall where traditional tools are hung. These are manager Kyriakos Hapeshis’ favourite features of the houses and it is easy to see why.
For Kyriakos, it’s a family affair, as his father, a builder and an enthusiast of extracting and carving the local stone, built the current premises in the early 19th century. He loaded his donkey with stone, wood and local reed and used local white stone and sundried clay bricks to build the houses. This traditional architecture style works according to bioclimatic principles, meaning that the building design takes into account climate and environmental conditions to help achieve optimal thermal comfort inside. This is the reason why these places are cool in the summer and maintain a good temperature during winter.
In 2010, Hapeshis’ youngest son, Michalis, took the decision to restore his father’s houses. Being also a builder and a constructor, he felt the obligation to revive his ancestors’ heritage. And so today, Olympia Traditional Houses (renovated last year) consists of four separate houses.
To introduce the complex to more people and to offer a taste of Cyprus, the Hapeshis family are organising a traditional brunch this Saturday featuring local products from Lympia. Picture yourself sitting in a stone-built yet contemporary oasis munching on hand-kneaded bread, homemade jam, pishies, sweet pitta and much more. All just 20 minutes from Nicosia.
“The food is homemade with pure ingredients and recipes of Ms Maroula,” Kyriakos told Cyprus Mail. And indeed, the olives served will be from the family’s olive trees and the anari from one of the best places in Cyprus.
“Everyone is welcome to enjoy our brunch and our Cypriot hospitality,” Kyriakos added. “We are as a family excited to open our doors for others to view and enjoy what our family has worked on for years to build and to have an authentic village experience.”
To experience brunch in Lympia, booking is required. Tickets are €12 per person, €6 for children under 12 and free for children under 4. And if you pay in advance it’s only €9.
Traditional Village Brunch
Homemade, traditional Cypriot brunch in a beautiful courtyard. May 25. Olympia Traditional Houses, Lympia. 10.30am-1pm. €12 per person, €6 for children under 12 and free for children under 4. Tel: 99-542477