TRAVEL DIARY

3 days in Cyprus

issue #33: The art of change

As the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a crossroads of stories and civilizations that have unfolded across Europe, Asia, and Africa, pursuing endeavors both sacred and mercenary. Amidst ancient settlements, Venetian fortifications, mosques, and architectures from the British colonial period, a small pristine village lies inland: Lefkara. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its local craftsmanship, it serves as both a adopted home for idealistic entrepreneurs and our starting point to explore the island. Welcome to Caleido, Kaleidoscopic Observatory on the world of creativity / Read the Editor’s letter here

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1. THE AGORA HOTEL

Imagine an ancient monastery with a central cloister, a Danish couple, and a renovation of great charm. The result is @theagorahotel in Lefkara. At the heart of the building is a courtyard with a pool, lounge areas, and a restaurant; on the first floor, a gallery leads to the rooms (and a Yoga room). The perfect place to settle in and embark on the exploration of the Mediterranean island, immersing oneself in unspoiled panoramas and sinuous natural silhouettes. With the certainty of returning to a place of charm, with a touch of worldly sophistication.

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The Agora Hotel by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
The Agora Hotel by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
The Agora Hotel by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
The Agora Hotel by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
The Agora Hotel by Caleido
2. t.a.s.©

Visit @t.a.s.xyz, an enclave of contemporaneity within an ancient village. Created by the Austrian duo composed of the artist @julian.epok and the entrepreneur @chris.plg, this gallery showcases contemporary art, design pieces, and fashion, transforming itself into a comprehensive artistic project that also hosts paintings, sculptures, special installations, DJ sets, and haute cuisine. A bold challenge that has absorbed the ancestral genius loci of Lefkara and presented it in a new light, so firmly rooted in the present while aspiring to the future.

Click here to watch High Coffee with the two founders.

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t.a.s.© by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
t.a.s.© by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
t.a.s.© by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
t.a.s.© by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
t.a.s.© by Caleido
3. Lefkara village

Stroll through the narrow streets of Lefkara, an idyllic village in the mountains of Cyprus, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage recognition for its local silver craftsmanship and embroidery. Among these, we visit the Rouvis atelier, still specializing in exquisite local hand embroidery today, chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint the embroidery of the tablecloth for his “Ultima Cena”.

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Lefkara village by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Atelier Rouvis by Caleido
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Atelier Rouvis by Caleido
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Lefkara village by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Lefkara village by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Lefkara village by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Lefkara village by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Lefkara village by Caleido
4. Larnaca biennale 2023

Visit to the @biennalelarnaca, a city-wide event, accompanied by the Dutch-Crimean curator @yevkravt. Under the theme “Home Away from Home”, artists were invited to develop and present works that explore concepts of home, belonging, cultural roots, and distances. Beyond the architectural dimension, the idea of home constitutes something more abstract: a fleeting feeling, a precious object, an evocative memory, a fixed place in time, an identity, or even a lengthy pursuit. The main question of the event, also a recurring theme in Caleido’s conversations, is: What does it mean to “feel at home,” and what do we need to experience this feeling?

3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca biennale 2023 by Caleido
5. NICOSIA

We move to the capital Nicosia, where the harmonies of the landscape have been replaced by human contrasts. A city where the great superficial charm bears witness to an incessant search for its own identity, amidst unity and division. The physical obstacle is the double wall, 180 km long, defining a demilitarized zone ranging from 7 km to 20 meters wide (patrolled by the UN). The geopolitical obstacle is represented by what lies beyond this wall: to the south, the Republic of Cyprus (internationally recognized with a European passport), to the north, the “Northern Cyprus territories” (or “occupied territories”, as commonly called by Cypriots), recognized only by Turkey. There is also an obstacle, considered by some as the weakest among the three, the cultural one, which has not yet proven to be overcome. The result is that the area within the thickness of the double wall has been inaccessible since 1974 and now houses numerous abandoned settlements, such as the seaside village of Varosha (in Northern Cyprus, in the Famagusta district) or the architectures of Nicosia photographed in 2018 by @romanrobroek.

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Nicosia by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Nicosia by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Nicosia by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Nicosia by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Nicosia by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Nicosia by Caleido
6. Larnaca beach

The rugged, barren, and rugged landscapes of the island reveal their best along the beaches near Larnaca. Photogenic vistas, crowned by a “sea of salt”, provide a reflective space surrounded by a fragile calm.

3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca beach by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca beach by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca beach by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca beach by Caleido
3 days in Cyprus
Larnaca beach by Caleido
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