Located in the Lemesos (Limassol) district, the picturesque village of Vasa Koilaniou sits at an altitude of 750 metres on the Troodos mountain range, just 35km from Lemesos town. The village can be reached by following the E601 route.
Vasa Koilaniou is one of the wine producing villages of the Troodos area, and famous since ancient times for its vineyards and its high-quality wines.
Its name is derived from the ancient Greek word ‘vassa’, which means ‘wooded area’ in reference to its landscapes. The village preserves its traditional limestone architecture, paved streets and old viticultural equipment, including old wine presses and distilleries for Zivania – the strong, local spirit.
Interesting sights include the Museum of Education, the Museum of Zivania, the Ecclesiastical Museum, a winery, the main church of the village, the Bridge of Gerovrysi, and a small nature trail near the village.
In mid-September, the village celebrates its harvest with a Grape Fest, where visitors can watch the locals make traditional delicacies from grape juice, and sample them with their compliments. There is also a programme of folkloric entertainment, as well as wine tasting.
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