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Laneia

06/08/2022
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Laneia is a village in the mountains of Limassol that has made its mark, both due to its long history spanning many centuries and the distinct beauty of its picturesque alleys and houses. 

It is located at an altitude of 575 meters just 30 minutes away from the city, surrounded by vineyards and wild vegetation.

Name

The name of the village today is a 'bone of contention'. For the majority of the inhabitants, it is spelled 'Lania', but in official documents it's  'Laneia'.

History

The village was likely first inhabited around 1600 BC as a settlement that served the transportation of copper from the Troodos mines. Vessels and other objects were often found in various areas in the village.

Alleys and courtyards

Walking around Laneia you will find picturesque alleys, colourful, wooden doors, as well as dozens of photos of daily life in the village dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, depicting the historical course and identity of the village.

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The oak tree

The perennial oak: At a small distance from the village close to the chapel of Agios Georgios, there is a perennial oak tree, which is a unique and a protected natural monument. 

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Traditional home: It has been restored, furnished and equipped with items used by the average household during previous centuries.

Olive press: Laneia had its own olive press, where the farmers would bring the produce from their olive trees in order to extract their oil for the year.

Winery: An old winery where visitors can see the enormous jars used to stored wine, as well as the large grape press.

Shoemaker: A well-preserved workshop featuring all the tools of a traditional shoemaker, stands as a tribute to the old craftsmen of the village.

Galleries

The village has attracted a number of artists from Cyprus and abroad, as  it has been home to galleries and workshops for decades, many of which are also open to the public.

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Churches

The Church of Panayia Eleousa: It is estimated to have been built after the 1650s, when the residents who had fled the village returned.

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Chapel of Saint George: One of the oldest chapels in the village, the location of which signifies residents’ long-term presence in the area. 

Chapel of Saint Marina: One of the more recent chapels in Laneia, situated among the vineyards which once made up one of the area’s fiefs.

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Virgin of Valanas Chapel (old): It was built following the discovery of an icon of the Virgin Mary.

Virgin of Valanas Chapel (new): The new chapel that welcomes visitors to the picnic site area.

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Picnic site

The Panagia Valana picnic site is nestled beneath the shade of the pine trees, awaiting visitors who opt for this alternative location for their picnic. The space offers approximately 10 wooden benches that can accommodate families and groups of friends.

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Park and play area

A peaceful park, built around the stream that crosses through the village. It is the perfect destination for short strolls, a refreshing stop in the summer and also makes a great backdrop for wedding pictures.

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Fountains

The village boasts an abundance of water, which helps keep the surroundings lush year-round. The fountain at the entrance of the village and the one at the stream near the large plane tree are evidence of this.

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Food - Drink

Lania Tavern (25 432398)

Platanos Tavern (25 434273)

The village coffee shop

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Accommodation

Lania Royal Oak House (99 469870)

Listed Villa in Laneia (99 608316)

The Spidaki

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