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Fini

05/06/2021
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Fini is a mountain village in Limassol, within the Troodos forest, with an average altitude of 920 meters. It is known as the Pottery village, as it has a long tradition in pottery due to its red soil that is ideal for earthenware jars.

The village flourished around the mid-20th century, though there are indications of the existence of a community in the area since the Middle Ages. The Venetian bridges that surround the village indicate that it was a hub of activity during the 16th century, while some attribute even its name to that of a Frankish nobleman.

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Name

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1. The most likely version attributes the name to the color of the soil. The ancient Greek root ‘fin-‘ is found in the words ‘finos’ and ‘finodis’ (which mean reddish colored). To this day, there are locations called ‘Kokkini’ (red) and ‘Kokkinokambos’ (red valley) in the village. The red color that is associated with blood may also be connected to the word ‘finios’ (murderer) that is likely derived from the ‘fina’ snake. 

 

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2, Another version attributes the name to the root of the ancient Greek verb ‘feno’ (to reveal). This name likely came about as a contrast to the fact that the village is not easily visible, hidden high up in the tall mountains. 
3. According to one version, the name ‘Fini’ is connected to the surname of a Frankish feudal lord, Juan de Feniou or Finiou.

Viewpoint

Just before entering the village, there is a viewpoint that acts as a sort of balcony where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley of the Diarizos river, from Fini all the way to Paphos.

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The fountain of ‘Pellomarou’

On the way down the road towards Fini, you will come across the fountain of Pellomarou (Crazy Marou). The woman who once lived there was thought to be crazy, and that’s how the fountain got its name.

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Square - Heroes' Monument

In the square where the village coffee shops and Youth Center are located, there stands a monument dedicated to the 2 fallen warriors of the EOKA Struggle of 1955-59.

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Stelios Perikleous Park

At the northern end of the village, near the road that leads to the waterfall, there is a fenced park surrounded by flowers, that also houses a playground.

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Hantara Waterfall & Diplohantaro

The waterfall is located in the Chantara area, north of the village, and can be reached via an accessible dirt road. Water from the falls gushes from volcanic rocks approximately 8 meters high. Moss, ivy, plane trees, oak trees and aromatic shrubs make up the enchanting setting of this location. Diplochantaro is located right above the main waterfall, and its water flows on 3 different levels.

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Nature trail

The Hantara Waterfall and the Trooditissa Monastery are connected via a route that passes through a dense forest and follows a path to the left of the Diarizos River. It covers a total distance of 4.5 kilometers, with a relatively small degree of difficulty.

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Picnic site

Trooditissa picnic site is located on the way to the homonymous monastery and is one of the largest and most beautiful picnic sites one may find in the mountainous region of Limassol, as well as in Cyprus overall.

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Bridges

There are 3 medieval bridges around the village, 2 of which still stand intact and are considered historical monuments for the area. These bridges are indications of the passages used by the island’s inhabitants up until the 20th century. The exact dating of the bridges is not known, but they were likely built in the 16th century. 

“Gefyri tis Elias” (Olive Bridge): The ‘Gefyri tis Elias’ is located above the Fini river, which itself is a tributary of the Diarizos river. It is the farthest from the village, situated at the border with the Kaminaria community. Due to its pointed arch, it resembles a miniature version of the Tzelefos bridge.

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“Piskopou Bridge” (Bishop’s Bridge): The ‘Gefyri tou Piskopou,’ in the Vines area, is smaller. It is said that its name is derived from an accident the Bishop of the Agioi Anargyri had while crossing it, wherein he lost his animal.

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“Gefyri tis Ekklisias” (Church Bridge): Located within the community, near the church of the Holy Cross, this is also the newest bridge in the village. Its ends were reconstructed with mountain stone, and it is located within a green stream that is cool and filled with aromas.  

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Churches

Trooditissa Monastery: The Trooditissa Monastery is located at the border of the Fini community. It dates back to Byzantine times, when the icon of the Virgin Mary was found in a cave in the area. This monastery is built higher than any other in Cyprus.

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Timios Stavros church: The village church is located to the Holy Cross. It was built between the 18th and 19th centuries. Its image is particularly unique, mainly due to the way it is practically smothered by the surrounding village homes.

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Agioi Anargyroi Monastery: Built at an altitude of about 920 meters, in an area with dense vegetation, this church was once the center of a monastery, which was abandoned when the monks were transferred to Trooditissa. Locals celebrate Easter Monday within the courtyard.

Agia Marina Chapel: A recent chapel, built next to an ancient sanctuary, where locals would always celebrate Saint Marina.

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 Agia Anna Chapel: The small chapel was completed in 1993. Its location is unique, as it looks like a small castle on a hill, overlooking the entire valley of Diarizos.

Agios Georgios Chapel: A small chapel on a quiet, deserted slope, built between 2001-2002.

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Fish farm

On the bank of Diarizos river there is a trout fish farm operating for decades, which provides fresh fish daily to the surrounding area and Cyprus overall. Those who visit Fini may have a taste of them in the taverns of the village.

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Pottery

Several hundred years ago, the community of Fini was one of 4 important pottery centers in Cyprus. As the area was also important for viticulture, Fini locals used the red soil of the village to make large clay jars in which to store the wine, as well as pitchers and carved vases (adorned with the characteristic engravings of birds and flowers), as well as pots that cooked food beautifully. Workshops still operate in the village to this day, where people can purchase a variety of these clay vessels.

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Local flavors

Finiotiko Loukoumi (Fini Delight): The art of making the Fini loukoumi was introduced by Phylactis Pilavakis who brought it over from Egypt. To this day, the sweet is made using the same recipe, with a base of sugar and corn flour, traditionally flavored with rose and bergamot. Ourania Pilavaki has carried on the art, making fresh loukoumi daily.

Kaikanas: This special type of loukoumas (fried dough) made with eggs and milk that is accompanied by grape must syrup, is one of the more unique traditional flavors of Fini. It was often offered to the laborers who would help with the harvesting of the grapes.

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Events

Annual Dance Event of the Community Council and Expat Association: In the courtyard of the Cultural Center, on the Saturday immediately following the 15th August.

Easter Monday: Traditional festivities with food and drink in the church of Agioi Anargyroi.

Traditional Art Workshops: Every October in the central square of the village.

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Food – Drink

In Fini one can enjoy traditional flavors. At Fini Tavern, you can sample meze dishes and fresh trout against beautiful views, while the restaurant ‘Neraida’ is known for its ‘tava’ dish. At the Youth Center, visitors can enjoy a coffee accompanied by a Fini loukoumi.