Omodos is ideally nestled amidst evergreen vineyards

Surrounded by the high mountain peaks of Troodos and with a scenic view of Mount Olympus, Omodos is ideally nestled amidst evergreen vineyards.  Picturesque and hospitable, the traditional wine village of Limassol is widely regarded as one of the main preferred destinations of the Cypriot countryside.  The warmhearted villagers exude a refreshingly friendly demeanour and are well known for their outstanding archaic Greek hospitality which never fails to impress visitors.  The narrow, paved alleys are a key feature of Omodos, while its long and eventful history is reflected through the magnificent monastery of the Holy Cross, the medieval grape grinder, the elegance and character of the buildings, the local folklore, historical museums and other intriguing attractions and places of interest which grace and enrich the village.

The truly amazing setting of the village is complemented by the unique, handcrafted and intricately embroidered lace selections known as ‘pipiles’, while the tempting aroma of  homemade traditional products, such as the ‘arcatena’ buns, triggers wonderful memories of the mouth-watering delicacies of the past.

Omodos is however best known for its local wine which by its very nature vividly reflects the history and tradition of the village and serves as a fitting reminder of how its hard-working inhabitants have been blessed, from ancient times to the present day, to reap the timeless benefit of producing truly fine wines for all to enjoy.

The rich traditions that Omodos offers and the plethora of local produce which abounds and thrives in its fertile mountainous earth, is a clear reflection of the genuine Cypriot character which the village has attained and sustained throughout its history.

The name of the village

Periodic excavations have brought to light archaeological discoveries which testify to the presence of settlements in the area and date back to prehistoric and Roman times.  However, further evidence has emerged which points to a  time marking the end of the Byzantine period or early Frankish rule, where maps and documents mention the village’s medieval name, ‘Homodos’.

It is said that Omodos came into being by virtue of the gossip of an old woman who, according to tradition, would walk each day from one part of the village (Pano Koupetra) to another (Kato Koupetra), knocking on the doors of the local communities and begging for money.  However, during the course of doing so, she was inclined to spread malicious rumours which upset the villagers, to the extent that it created a great deal of enmity between them.  This state of affairs is said to have culminated in a feud between the two sections of the village, prompting the governor at the time to take steps at easing tensions.  However, despite the latter’s noble efforts to deal with the conflict and to reconcile their differences, the deeply-entrenched bitterness, animosity and ill-feeling between the quarelling inhabitants is said to have ultimately led to the dissolution of the village, eventually giving way to the creation of Omodos.

According to another tradition, the people of Koupetra created Omodos as a consequence of an experience they encountered, after a bright glowing light would appear each night on a hill opposite their village.  When they eventually decided to approach the source of this phenomenon, they encountered a large bush in which a candle was burning. Having aroused their curiosity, this prompted them to excavate the area while cautioning one another with the words “me ton modo sou”, (“be careful”).  According to tradition, it was this phrase which inspired and motivated the villagers to build a new village called Omodos.

Yet another tradition maintains that the name originates from the ancient Greek words ‘Omou’ (together) and ‘Odos’ (street), as the access roads leading  to the surrounding villages passed through  Omodos.

Nevertheless, and despite the various explanations put forward from time to time, the predominant weight of opinion is that the Omodos is more than likely named after the feudal lord Homodeus, to whom the village belonged.