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Information on Malia Village in Cyprus

Malia Village                                  Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Malia Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The nearest villages are Vasa Koilaniou, Potamiou, Gerovasa and Kissousa. The village has a small resident population numbering less than 80 people.

Legend has it that Malia village was named after the Greek word Mallia, which means hair. The name was probably derived from the use of the hair from the livestock kept, such as sheep, for making warm garments and blankets.  

The village is built on a hill and is quite large in area. The fertile land around the village is ideal for growing grapes. Wine making was one of the specialities of the village, along with agriculture and raising livestock.

The importance of Malia village in the wine industry of Cyprus is demonstrated by one of the leading wine makers of Cyprus, KEO, owning a winery in the village, the Mallia Winery, where all the wines of the KEO label are produced.

The large area covered by the village enabled the construction of wide roads and streets, unlike the narrow streets of villages higher up in the Troodos Mountains. The village has some spectacular views, and the higher you reach, the better views to be seen.

Malia Village                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The top of the village is where the old abandoned mosque is located. The mosque dates back to 1920, the green doors are still in a very good condition, as well as the minaret, which dominates the skyline. There is a small graveyard in the mosque area which have seven graves. The old school is also nearby the mosque.

Malia village was a wealthy village, mainly due to it's wine producing activities, and this is reflected in the old large traditional houses of the village, many of which are still abandoned today. There is the usual renovation of old village houses to be found, as the popularity of weekend homes continues in Cyprus.

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