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Pissouri Cyprus is an area roughly half way between Limassol and Paphos, close to Aphrodite’s Rock. With dramatic countryside hills and a breaktaking view down to Pissouri bay, this picturesque village perched on a hill overlooking the sea offers a beautiful natural escape for those seeking a relaxing Pissouri Cyprus holiday.
Pissouri has a traditional Cyprus village square which naturally is the hub of villas life with its traditional hospitable coffee shop and local tavernas serving up delicacies. There are weekly events such as Cyprus Night complete with traditional Cyprus dancing, music and plenty of good food. Pissouri also boasts a beautiful amphitheatre located high up in the village with panoramic views towards Akrotiri and Limassol and seats up to 800 people.
In the local Cypriot dialect, ‘Pissouri’ means ‘very dark’ and so the story goes that the village is so named due to events that happened one very dark night in the village. One version states that 300 saints came to Cyprus from Palestine and arrived in the bay on a dark night, another was that the Holy Fathers met in this area on dark night whilst being persecuted during the post-Christian years. Another more widely accepted theory is that the area was famous during the Byzantine area for producing gum and tar, called ‘pissa’ and thus Pissouri was named after that.
Pissouri’s population is estimated to be at around 2000 residents but many of both the Cypriot and expatriate population of Pissouri are highly mobile. Pissouri Cyprus contains 7 main concentrations of population spread across an area of 14,000 square metres. In the summer seasons, the population is boosted to around 10,000 with tourist arrivals in this popular village.
To the south of the village lies the beautiful Pissouri Bay, a wonderful sandy beach with a selection of friendly hotels, bars, restaurants and local tavernas.
The bay starts from the rocky area of Mavrorotsos and is protected by Cape Aspro, so that there are dramatic cliffs along the coast up to Aphrodite’s Rock, resulting in breathtaking scenery of mountain and sea. The area is surrounded by ancient historical sites dating back centuries and all which can be explored with local walking groups.
The beach area also offers a selection of restaurants and water sports during the day and a busy nightlife during the summer season.
The main produce of the Pissouri area is the sultana grape, used for both wine and table consumption and olive oil is also produced in the area as well as olives.
Due to the warm climate, there are also many varieties of fruit and vegetables grown in the area including oranges, lemons, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines as well as the ‘black gold’ of Cyprus – the endangered carobs, which were once the major export for this small island.
Every July the grape harvest takes place and every autumn the olive harvest which all involve a lot of work and often the help of the whole family.
An initiative of the Forestry Department, includes a scenic walking path along the low cliffs from Kouklia to Aphrodite’s Rock, with plants and interesting geological sites. Very close to the area is also the luxury Aphrodite Hills development complete with 18 hole golf course, the Retreat Spa and a tennis facility where guests are welcome. The resort village square also has several restaurants and bars to cater for guests.
There are also remarkable historical and archaeological sites to view around Pissouri including Curium,the ancient Roman Amphitheatre as well asthe archaeological sites of Paleopaphos (Kouklia) and Paphos.
There are also several beautiful villages within easy reach of Pissouri village, many of which are currently being restored. Anoyira is one such village which also has an excellent winery and a traditional olive press for guests to visit. Omodos and Vasa are also worthy of a visit and have some fantastic tavernas.
Not to be missed also is the Troodos mountain range, accessible through beautiful picturesque country villages such as Prastio, Pachna and Platres, and you can reach the very top of Troodos within an hour.
The Western part of Cyprus and in particular Paphos has long been a favoured tourism and retirement destination, particularly with the British and routes to this area are now even more widely available since the opening of the new Paphos International Airport. Pissouri, located only 25 minutes from Paphos but in beautiful unspoiled countryside, making it a very popular location with locals as well as tourists. Pissouri Cyprus is an area of extraordinary and unique natural beauty and offers a wealth of activities to occupy visitors and residents. The locals are friendly and the pace of life is relaxed and the largely undeveloped western area of Pissouri offers some wonderful walking trails including rare birds and plants as well as indigenous flora and fauna.
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