My Trip to Vasa Kilaniou in Cyprus

Trip Start Oct 09, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vasa Kilaniou

In a short distance of only 35 kms from Limassol lies this beautiful so picturesque little village of Vasa Kilaniou (750 metres above sea level) one of the most important vine-growing villages in the region. A village that together with two others which are Omodos and Arsos are well known all over the country for their finest dark wines and nation-wide production of raisins, with a population of only 120 inhabitants nowadays.

The village of Vasa or Vessa (meaning wooded valley) has purely ancient Greek origins. The foundation of the village is related with Ancient Arcadian settlers who came to the island from the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. There used to be an ancient settlement and the Temple of Apollo with the name Vassae in Arcadia in Peloponnese and ruins of a similar temple were found and are buried under the big Church of the Village dedicated to Virgin Mary.

Never before through my travels have I seen so many Greek flags especially in Cyprus waving on a non national day… but here!!  So many Greek flags waving proudly outside houses, the school, the museum the church of the village. I have felt this love for the Greeks and this made me very proud. It was as if I was having a stroll in a village in Greece. My friend Effie went even further.  She purchased and brought from Greece a whole piece of art that was exhibited for some time somewhere at the Constitution Square (Syntagma) in Athens, presenting a huge heart painted in the colours of the Greek flag (blue and white) and a young soldier wearing the traditional Greek costume similar to the ones the soldiers wear at Syntagma square. This piece is now standing in the garden of her Agro Hotel  just like a loyal custodian guarding the premises of the Agro hotel, the residence Roti.

Vasa connects on the north east with Omodos and Platres, in the south west with Malia and Arsos, Potamiou in the south-east, and Kissousa and Pachna in the south. All these little villages up the Troodos Mountain are truly interesting and I urge those who follow my travels to try and spend some days out there, visit an Agro Hotel and feel what I feel every time I visit these precious gems scattered all over the range of the Troodos mountains. Here one can find the true authentic Cypriot, see how noble these people are, and learn about their customs and traditions, taste the aromatic fruit, and drink the high quality wine which is produced here. On this last trip I had the end of September- beginning October the orchards were full of aromatic and delicious fruit!

My attempt was to visit another AgroTourism hotel to spend a few days out there and as always walk in the village, talk with locals, knock on doors where I am welcomed and feel this human touch that I always seek to find on my trips.

My first contact in the village of Vasa was Mrs. Effie Dimitriou, whom I dare by now call Effie because I want to consider her a friend. It was her Agro Hotel that I chose to stay at and I was made welcomed with a huge smile and an open heart. I had no idea at first how much she contributes to the community and during my stay I heard people telling me how much she cares for Vasa, spending many of her precious hours helping, upgrading and promoting the village making it known to the whole island. She spends two or three days in Nicosia and the rest she is back again in the village for more work.  I have talked with important people in the village like the president of the community Mr. Panikos Yiallourides, Mr. Sotiris Papadopoulos who is a retired school teacher and is responsible for the Educational Museum and the Priest of the village, Father Nikolas who patiently gave me a lift and showed me the two precious caves and several churches.

I simply want to thank them all for their immense help during my very short stay in Vasa.  Villagers who were happily greeting me with a smile wondering and asking what I am doing with my camera in their village when they saw me walking through the cobblestone alleys in their neighbourhoods.

Surely I want to return and see more, because there are a number of other just as interesting things I need to see and include on this guide.

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mmbcross on

Goodness! It's places like this that really make a holiday an experience and not just another tour.

greekcypriot on

I do some studying Martin before setting off!!
I am in search of authentic Cypriot life, genuine people, and picturesque spots with history and something to tell.
I hope I never disappoint the people who follow me.

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