Village, home of the Kapnismata
Tala's main claim to fame
is the Kapnismata, (meaning incenses or smokes), also
known as the Tala Holy Tree. These trees reach a
maximum height of only 10 metres and are crowned
by palm-like leaves.
They are the only trees of this
kind in the whole of Cyprus and in the Middle East.
Attempts have been made to transplant and grow them
elsewhere but have always failed. So, the "Kapnismata"
(amber trees, Liquidambar Styraciflua) are the only
ones of their kind and are to be found only in the
region of Tala.
Tradition states that St. Neofytos
brought them to Tala when returning from the Holy
Land, a logical explanation for their strange name
can be traced to the fact that the bark of this tree
secretes a type of tar that is used in churches, as
incense instead of frankincense.
The church of Agia Ekaterini (St. Catherine) of the
15th/16th century is an important mediaeval monument
of the village, whilst quite close to the village,
stands the monastery of Agios Neofytos, which over
the years has had a significant influence on various
aspects in the life and activity of the village.
golf at the Tsada golf course being
only 10 minutes away, and with the Aphrodite Hills
and Secret Valley
golf course being only 25 minutes
away, the Tala area is rich for golfing fanatics.
Golf Course & Country Club
Not only Tsada Golf Course, but Secret
Valley Golf and Country Club and Aphrodite Hills are easily reached
from Tala village .
Within its administrative boundaries, the village connects to the
monastery of “Agios Neofytos” in the northeast (about
2 kilometres away), and in the south it connects with
the village Emba (about 4 kilometres distant)
The Asprokremmos dam,
and the various wells in Tala village help irrigate
the vast amounts of grapevines (wine-making and table
grape varieties), locust, olive, almond, and walnut
trees, citrus fruits (orange trees, lemon trees),
cereals, forage plants, vegetables, and the many banana
trees that are cultivated in the region.
In medieval sources, the village is not mentioned, however its name
is considered to come from the time of domination by the Franks,
probably from the D’Avila family, (a known influential family
at that time). More than likely from Peter D’Avila, who, became
Lord Chamberlain of Cyprus in 1473 and took land and properties in
the district of Pafos ( Paphos ), or possibly from Anthony D’Avila
who served for a time as the Governor of Pafos (Paphos).
Tala village is proving exceedingly popular with British property
buyers looking to relocate to the Paphos region.