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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:48 pm 

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Hi folks

For this Wednesdays walk, the last one for 2015, we have definitely saved the best till last, especially with regard to location.

The beautiful and picturesque village of Steni is located in North-West Cyprus, a short distance away from Polis on the road to Stavros tis Psokas and five kilometres from the Gulf of Chrysohous coastline. Sitting at an altitude of 200 metres above sea level, its climate is ideal throughout the year and enables locals to grow a wide range of produce. The fields in the surrounding countryside are cultivated with crops including cherries, olives, watermelons, oranges and avocados.

At the east side of the village, going up to the mountain at a distance of two kilometres, visitors can see the forest of Paphos and in the north-western side the entire gulf of Chrysochous with the neighbouring villages. This is really a very beautiful picture that is not easily found elsewhere.

We can not say for sure how the village Steni took its name, but there exists two versions by the older residents of the village. The first version says that the locality that the first settlement initially existed , it was a narrow part (steno) in the banks of the river that cross the community and possibly that’s why it was given this name. The second version says that the first resident of the village built his stockyard at a place called "stenia" from "stani" and thus afterwards "stenia" became Steni.

There is no exact information about when the village began to exist, but from a part of the old watermill next to the river that crosses the community, experts have pronounced that this is a building of the 16th century and thus the village is of the same roughly chronology. Some other information brings the village to exist during the construction of the monastery of Virgin Mary of Chrysolakournas during the 12th century.

As all the villages of the region, the residents of Steni were dealing from the old years, with the agriculture and the livestock-farming. Because the village of Steni is found between mountains and plains, these two professions of its residents had been very gainful and also the water from the river that crosses the community had been for the old years the best gift to the residents.

With the manufacture of the dam "Evretos" the life of residents, especially that of the farmers changed because they had now other choices than the traditional agriculture, that is, cultivating only cereals. The main products today are the citrus fruits, olives and cereals. Apart from those that deal with the agriculture, others work in the tourist industry of the region and others with technical professions. At the beginnings of 1980 the population of the community began once again to be increased, mainly because of the young persons in the village and the repatriation of the immigrants from South Africa due to the good economic situation that prevails in this region.

This village is so well cared for that if there was a 'Cyprus in Bloom' competition, I think Steni would be a strong contender. The residents seem to be immensely proud of their village and keep it tidy and litter-free.

After the walk there is an opportunity to visit one of Steni's more interesting places, the Museum of Village Life, displaying exhibits from the period between 1800 up to 1945 and which were collected from Steni and the surrounding area, as well as from the old monastery of Chrysolakourna which is located at a magical location offering a view of the Polis Chrysochous Bay and the Akamas Cape.

As you can see, Steni has a lot to offer, so why don't you come along on Wednesday and spend the day with us walking in the morning. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the Watermill café well renowned for its quality food at reasonable prices before visiting the museum in the afternoon. A Day to remember!!!!!!!!

Put us in your diary for a memorable day out in this fabulous village, not forgetting free exercise and some social networking with other walkers. Don't forget to wear something festive for the occasion, dressing up as 'Santa's little walkers'. Nothing major, eg Santa hats, tinsel etc.





Time: 09.15 for 09.30 start

Start from: Neromylos 'Watermill' Cafe car park, Steni

Please wear strong trainers/walking boots and bring drinking water with you.

Caveat: Walking at your own risk.

Further information contact Maria Tel 99476801

Always looking for volunteers to lead a walk so if you have a favourite, share it with us and get in touch. Why don't you showcase your own village with all its hidden attractions that only people like yourself living there would know about.

Future walks to look forward to in 2016 include; Pano Arodes, Lysos/Spice House, 5 Villages tour and many more new walks yet to be recced.

Any of our walkers who can't make Wednesday, like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Look forward to seeing you on our first walk in 2016, 13 January.

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