Lania is a small traditional village located only 25km from the centre of Limassol, which has been brought back to life over the past few years, by locals and foreigners. It is no coincidence that the village got its name from Lana daughter of Dionisos, the God of Wine. Lania is one of the grape cultivating villages of Cyprus and produces some exquisite wines, such as the traditional Commandaria, but also sweets made of wine must like the delicious “soutzoukos”.
The best way to get to know the village is by foot, strolling along the stone paved narrow streets of the village and admire its traditional houses and the many secular trees found there. The 800 year old oak tree, maybe the biggest tree on the island is definitely one of the highlights.
Even if you are not religious you will definitely be astonished by the several monasteries of the region that date back to the Franks Period such as those dedicated to Saint Marina and the Archangel. The 17th century church of Virgin Mary of Valana found on the top of a hill near a small picnic area and a park, offers amazing views of the area. While at the church of Virgin Chrisolanitisa, located in the centre of the village, you can admire the miraculous 12th century Byzantine icon of the Virgin.
Lania has many attractions especially for the lovers of history and culture. It boasts a Traditional House Museum, an Old Wine Press, an Old Olive Press and an Art Gallery among others. One of the best times to visit the village is in May because not only because of the amazing spring weather but also because then the “Lanes and Courtyards” event takes place during which the women of the village open the doors of their houses to the visitors.