Xylofagou (Xylophagou)

Xylofagou (Xylophagou)

In its current location the village is over 200 years old

Xylofagou or Xylophagou is one of the so-called Kokkinochoria and it is a village of the Larnaka province. Xylophagou is about three miles from Cape Pyla, on a low plateau. In its current location, it is over 200 years old, while the inhabitants of the village are now over 7000.

In the old days, the inhabitants of Xylofagou were shepherds. The vast pastures, the rocky uncultivated land, the forest of the then region and the water that existed at that time in the wells, favoured growth. Today, residents are engaged in various projects with many of them working in the tourist region of Protaras and Ayia Napa.

Xylophagou has many beautiful churches and chapels such as the chapel of Panagia Evangelistria, the church of St. Georgios the patron saint of the village built in the 16th century outside of which stands the "monument of heroes, dead and missing" and the ancient church of Saint Dimitrios that was built in 1979 and the newly built church of St. Stylianos, which was inaugurated in September 2013.

In the village of Xylophagou there are the caves, of which the most impressive is the cave of "Eglezou" and the cave of "Agioi Saranda", which took its name from the Holy Saranda Martyrs, the frozen lake of Sebasteia. The submarine cave "Mavros Spilios". In addition, the village has a tower Pýrgos tis Xylofágou with a  breathtaking, panoramic and magnificent view. 

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