Lania.- traditional village Travel Guide

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Lania is a small, beautiful village, built on the south sides of Trooodos mountains. It is built on the main road connecting Limassol with Troodos, about 26km away from Limassol. Lania is one of the wine producing villages in the area. A view of the community Old police station A myth says that the village has taken its name from Lana, the daughter of ancient god Dionysos, god of wine. Stone-built fountain Church of Panagia Chrysolanitissa
The people of Lania are mostly working with the land. They are producing both wine-grapes and table grapes. From the wine-grapes, they produce the famous Lania comandaria, wines and zivania. They also produce the very delicious home made Lania soutzioukos.
Apart from grapes, they also produce almonds. Linos
Wild plantation Lania is famous all over the world for its beauty, the hospitality of its people and its home made traditional products. Internal of a traditional residence
The old Primary School

A big platan tree
Entering the village, you can see the old village spring, from where the older generations were getting the water for all their needs. Today it still stands there, for the tourists and the younger generations to see as a traditional spring and for the older generations to remember the times when it had provided generations and generations with its water. One of the most interesting places for somebody to visit in the village is the Church. Built in the traditional way, in the center of the village, it dominates the whole village. In it, among other treasures, you can find the very old icon of Virgin Mary of Valanas, an icon found hidden in the earth many years ago. In Lania you can see the only Linos (old workshop for producing wine) in the island, which is maintained in the way and with the equipment used in the old times. There are several other such places on the island, all of them however, reconditioned. Linos is open all day for the visitors to see and get their photos. Walking in Lania, you will see the magnificent traditional stone-roads of the village, which manage to win time and remain as they were built hundreds of years ago. In the two sides of those traditional stone-roads the people of Lania grow wonderful flowers that make the atmosphere even more fantastic. The inside of the "Olive mill" Transfer of grapes with a donkey
After a walk in the village the visitors can have a rest and enjoy their coffee of beer under the big plane-tree of the village, or enjoy a meal in the village tavern. Lania was always known for its vineyards, its high quality grapes and wines. When the French vineyards, from where champagne was made, were destroyed by decease, king Henry together with his country experts went around in the Mediterranean countries to find good and healthy vines to get plants. He found them in Lania, where he stayed until the vines were ready. And the people of Lania gave him plants. Traditional Museum "Gigantic" oak tree He loaded his ship and planted them in France to continue producing champagne. People say that during his stay in Lania, king Henry used to have his coffee under the Royal oak tree, a tree over 800 years old which in 1997 collapsed under the pressure of its years, leaving Lania poorer. In the village there is another oak tree, bigger than the Royal oak. The state has undertaken the responsibility for maintaining it. It is a huge tree and it is very interesting for any visitor to see. Old photograph Old photograph   Viniculture  

Lania is one of the villages which are well-known for their grapes and wines. Viticulture continues to be one of the main occupations of the village’s residents, although nowadays vineyards are much lesser than what they used to be before the decade of the 90s. The constant care of the cultivators contributes to the productivity of the vineyards. The main stages of viticulture are pruning, digging, the cutting of the tips, fumigation with sulphur and vine harvest.

Planting of Vineyards

The pruning of the vineyards requires great attention by the cultivators since the productivity of the vineyards is highly dependent on the way of pruning. Ionas distinctively writes that “if the vineyard is well pruned, well ploughed and is protected from flocks, then it does not require any manure”. The pruning of the vineyards is even more important than enriching the land with some kind of fertilizer. In case the vineyard is not pruned, then it does not produce grapes for a long time.  

Vineywards People who have been working in vineywards

After pruning, at the beginning of spring, usually in March, follows the digging of the vineyard. Donkeys and cows used to drag the plough, plough the land and remove any roots on its surface. This was done so that the land would manage to restrain the water of the spring rain. It appears that the king of France visited our village at a time like this, because as soon as the vineyards were pruned, he loaded his ship with plants and carried them to his country to replace the vineyards which had been destroyed by some kind of a disease. More: Lania

Τrimming Spear

The next task, the cutting of the tips of the vineyards is done during April and May, as soon as the first bunches of grapes appear. Then, the villagers would cut the tips of the tender spears so that the plant would produce bunches of grapes for a second time during the same year.

Disbranching of vineyards

The protection of the vineyards from various diseases, which can sometimes be quite destructive for the plants, is necessary. Vine cultivators fumigate or spray the vineyards with sulphur twice a year. The first time is when the spears bloom and the second when the grapes start to get a dark colour.   

In the old year, the cutting and gathering of grapes, meaning the grape harvest, required the help of the entire family. Work at the vineyards would last from sunrise to sunset. People of all ages would cut bunches of grapes using a small knife and they would first fill the baskets and then the corves. Afterwards, they would load the corves on donkeys to transfer them. Today, the grapes are placed in plastic boxes and loaded in vehicles.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://www.lania.org.cy

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