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Xylofagou

Xylofagou
Ξυλοφάγου
Xylofagou
Xylofagou
Location in Cyprus

Coordinates: 34°58′30″N 33°51′6″E / 34.97500°N 33.85167°E / 34.97500; 33.85167Coordinates: 34°58′30″N 33°51′6″E / 34.97500°N 33.85167°E / 34.97500; 33.85167

Country  Cyprus
District Larnaca District
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 4,957
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)


Xylofagou (Greek: Ξυλοφάγου) is a sprawling Greek-Cypriot village situated close to the A3 Motorway between Dhekelia (Larnaca) and Paralimni / Agia Napa. It lies on the northern flank of a hill,[2]on the edge of an area of a group of several similar villages known as the Kokkinochoria (red earth area), known for growing vegetables, especially potatoes.

Etymology

Xylo is Hellenic meaning 'wood' and a fagou is an extremely popular barbecue-style spit roast used on holidays and high-days for cooking Souvlakia - a special Greek dish - amongst others. Most of the village lies in Larnaca District.

Landmarks

The village is thriving and growing exponentially due to a large amount of building projects taking place within and on the outskirts of the village and there is little to suggest that the local council is tempering this development in any way, town planning seemingly left to the vagaries of market forces. Nonetheless both private and business property is at a premium and does not remain empty for long.

Near Xylofagou is the Cave of the 40 Martyrs, where Christian soldiers sacrificed their lives in the 16th century to evade capture by the Ottomans.[3]


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