800 year old giant oak tree on the way to troodos
When i came to Cyprus in 2001, the first year was spent on visting all the regular touristy places like the Baths of Aphrodite, Rock of Aphrodite, Polis etc. After that, i started googling about Cyprus and started getting info on off-beat places like Avakas Gorge, Kelefos bridge etc. After a few years, i realised that Cyprus had something to offer in every nook and corner and hence i started visting every place marked with a brown board: A brown board is used in Cyprus to signify something of touristic interest. This “Giant Oak tree” was on one such board.
On the way to troodos from Limassol, around a 100 metres beyond the laneia police station (the only police station on the route), you will find a brown board saying “Giant Oak Tree – 400 m” pointing into a small lane towards the right. You can take your car inside this line and will be surprised to find big apartments built a little further down this lane. After few metres, the board points towards the left. It is better to park the car here and walk the final stretch as taking the car down this part would be a little difficult.
We went during Spring and the whole area was filled with all kinds of colurful flowers. We spent around 15 minutes at this place taking photographs from various angles. Anith even tried, though unsuccessfully, to climb the tree.
Didnt know it was 800 years old 😛
Got to visit it sometime on next trip to troodos 🙂
why you want to climb on the old tree, let it to rest in peace …
Thanks alot for the info! We’ll go take a look soon.
Beautiful photography as usual – I really do enjoy your posts 🙂
Hi, will went to visit the old Oak tree today but unfortunately it died 3 years ago and was cut down due to been unsafe…GUTTED!! But we still enjoyed looking around the village…
Wonderfully detailed blog!!
Went to see the tree yesterday. Was sorely disappointed to learn that the tree has fallen down.
Just to note that now there is no sign on the main street,. If anyone wants to visit, after teh Lania police station there is a blue dinale cafe . JUST BEFORE the cafe is the turn towards the tree
I have visited last March 2013, the tree is still standing
We lived in Lania Cyprus about 1996 or 7 and lived in a beautiful house owned by Yanna and Dinos. It was just behind the small and only Police Station that was in front of The Royal Oak (other side of the road), which had the oldest Oak tree (about 1000 years old). The tree split and and crumbled. The TV crews were there and it went onto the news. Michael and I think his wife was Dina, ran the Royal Oak Restaurant till then. They were all lovely people. We lived there for 1 year. The father of Dinos lived in Dhoros just minutes away. I have tried for years to track these people down as I didn’t write the address. Would love to see them again.