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Fotta or Fota is situated on the southern slopes of the Five Finger mountains, only seven kilometers from the Kyrenia pass. Censuses show that at least since the early nineteenth century this was an almost exclusively Turkish Cypriot village. Fota means “light” in Greek. However, Turkish Cypriots invented an alternative name in 1958, Dağyolu, meaning “the mountain road.”
Historical Population

As can be seen from the chart above, the village was always inhabited exclusively by Turkish Cypriots. At the turn of the century there were a couple of Christian (Greek Cypriot) families resident in the village, probably seasonal laborers who happened to be in the village at the time of the census. The village’s population steadily increased from 176 in 1891 to 418 in 1960.


From its original population no one was displaced; however, the village served as a reception centre for some displaced Turkish Cypriots in December 1963. From 1964 to 1974, it was administratively part of the Turkish Cypriot enclave of Nicosia. According to geographer Richard Patrick, there were approximately 300 displaced Turkish Cypriots still residing in the village in 1971. The majority of those staying there came from villages such as Agios Vasilios/Türkeli(010), Skyloura/Yılmazköy(096) and Agios Ermolaos/Şirinevler(209). Following the 1974 war, many displaced Turkish Cypriots went back to their villages. But it is also known that some of them chose to stay in Fota or moved to the capital city, Nicosia.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by its original villagers. However, during the last ten years, many Turkish Cypriots from Nicosia(074) and some Turkish Cypriot returnees from the United Kingdom have also bought property and settled here.


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