The picturesque village of Vasa Koilaniou is located inside a small valley surrounded by slopes, only 35 km away from Limassol. The village took its name which is clearly of ancient Greek origin, from the word “Vasa“ or Visa which means wooded valley.
This village has been one of the most important vine-growing villages of the region for many years now and there is a Grape Festival organised every September. This festival is the best way to get to know how wine is made, try some of the tastiest Cypriot red wines produced in the village, taste traditional products made of wine must for example “soutziouko”, “palouze” and “kiofterka”.
The best way to get to know the village is on foot. Walk the stone paved narrow streets of Vasa and admire the traditional architecture of the houses, made of limestone. You will encounter the big main church of the village which is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin built in a gothic style at the beginning of the 20th century. The village features also a number of chapels such as the Byzantine chapel of Saint George with its amazing frescoes and outside the village the small church dedicated to Saint Varnavas, built next to a cave where the Saint used to live.
Also, there is an Ecclesiastical Museum, created to preserve the holy religious treasures of the village. The place is of great importance, even if you are not religious, since it is home to amazing pieces of art such as holy icons from the 14th up to the 16th century and ecclesiastical equipment made of silver that date back to the Medieval time. Moreover, on the top of a hill you will see the Education Museum, a modern museum that brings into life the history of primary school education in Cyprus – during the time Cyprus was part of the Ottoman Empire and later on a British Colony – with the use of multimedia. Vasa is also home to the Museum of Zivania – a typical Cypriot drink.
There is also an idyllic nature trail that starts close to the village and enjoy the picuresque scenery of Vasa.
This picturesque village of Vasa Koilaniou may be small, but it is definitely a must-see!