Limassol Region, Lofou Village
The village of Lofou is in the district of the ‘ampelochoria’ between Limassol and Paphos. Village is built in a circular pattern on hills, at an altitude of 780 meters and is surrounded by mountains with narrow and steep versants. The landscape is divided by two rivers that are canals of ‘Kryos’ and ‘Kouris’, which both come from the river ‘Kouris’. Lofou is connected with nearby villages by asphalted lanes. It is connected with Pera Pedi village in the north and with Saint Therapon village from the southwest. Today, it takes about 25 minutes to reach the village for someone setting out from Limassol. Driving up the main road that leads to Platres and making a left turn after Alassa village, the visitor may be able to reach the village within 15 minutes. The name Lofou was inspired by the Greek word 'lofos' which means 'hill'. The original name of the village was "Lofos" since the early 20th century. Simos Menandros (1970) supports that the renaming of the village from "Lofos" to "Lofou" may be attributed to a linguistic change in the everyday language of local farmers. Therefore, 'Lofou' ended up having a female gender because of a linguistic change in morphology. 'Lofou' is the name by which the village is nowadays widely known and referred to. Some historical findings show that village goes well back to Bronze Age. This fact may be verified by the various archeological findings, particularly by the ancient pots that they were scattered around the area of the village. Some of the old village houses have been restored. Beautiful wooden balconies with various flowers, cobblestone streets, traditional mill and magnificent church attract many visitors every year.