Flights to Lania
The village of Lania is set at the base of Mount Troodos in the south of Cyprus, just 26 kilometres from the bustling resort town of Limassol. Lania is a world away though, with its quaint hillside village setting, and it’s one of the main wine producing areas of the country.
If you are planning a flight to Lania from South Africa, your closest major airport will be the Paphos International Airport (airport code: PFO) that is 55 kilometres from Lania itself. You’ll need a rental car to get from the airport into town though. KLM and British Airways offer the only one-stop flights to Lania, stopping in Amsterdam and London respectively. Iberia will connect in Madrid and London, and Virgin Atlantic offers a different route for its flight to Lania that goes through London as well as Amsterdam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lania:
Officially this hillside village is called Laneia, but it’s usually anglicised to the more common spelling of Lania. Legend has it that Lania was named after the daughter of the Greek god of wine and pleasure, Lana, and this would correspond with the fact that this is a major vine-growing region. The village has been somewhat restored but it still remains one of the more traditional villages of Cyprus, far away from the crowds of the busy resorts, yet this makes it a popular getaway destination if you’re looking for something a little different.
The village of Lania offers a glimpse at the more rural lifestyle that’s long been lost in the major tourist resorts of the country. Set amid rolling hills against a backdrop of the Troodos Mountains, Lania is really in a beautiful location, and it’s that beauty that will appeal to many visitors.
The village has lovely stone built homes and walls, and you can wander around aimlessly through the winding alleys that pass through the village. There are many vineyards on the doorstep as this is one of the main wine producing villages, and you can sample wines and great local foods in Lania’s tavernas.
Being a village, Lania is not full of shops and restaurants, but there are quaint shops where local artists sell their works and you’ll also find a number of traditional souvenirs. For everyday living there is a supermarket and a post office, but if you need more facilities this bustling town of Limassol is only about 20 minutes drive.
While you’re staying in the area of Lania Limassol is a worthwhile visit as it has a selection of sights. The Limassol Medieval Castle is the main landmark, while outside the town there are ancient remains of the city of Kourion.
Limassol is great if you want to visit some of Cyprus’s beaches and the coastal location would make a change from the hillside location of Lania where it’s likely to be a little hotter without the Mediterranean Sea to cool it down.
When Should You Visit?:
Talking of hot weather Lania has plenty of this during the summer, with dry and sunny days between May and September. The average highs gets up to around 33C in July and August, and while winters are rainy they remain pleasantly warm.