Located in the Lemesos (Limassol) district, the small, traditional village of Lania sits in an altitude of 570 metres on the Troodos mountain range, just 25 km from Lemesos town. The village can be reached by following B8 road.
Lania is one of the grape cultivating villages of the island. Whilst its residents were mainly employed in the cultivation of vines – and the production of wines, Zivania (spirit) and Soutzoukos (grape sweet) in older times – due to urbanization, there are now only a few harvesters and grape producers left.
According to tradition,the village got its name from Lana, daughter of Dionysus, God of Wine, or it may be derived from the word ‘valania’ (acorn), due to the fruit of the oak trees growing abundantly in the region.
Interesting sights include the old wine press, the Commandaria Storage Museum, and an old olive press. The church of Panagia Valana is located in the centre of the village, whilst the chapel of Panagia Valana can be found just outside the village, near a small picnic area and a park.
Every May, the women of the village open their yards to welcome visitors to their houses in the ‘Lanes and Courtyards of Lania’ event.
Courtesy of the CTO