What to do around Pissouri!
Cyprus is steeped in 5000 years of history, it has many fine archaeological sites including at least 3 amphi theatres where theatrical performances and concerts take place during the summer.
In Paphos a 13th century castle guards the harbour entrance and some of the most impressive mosaics in the world are found on the headland beyond the harbour, they are amazingly well preserved.
The site of the tombs of the kings is well worth a visit as is the site of the Byzantine church where St. Paul was tortured while chained to a pillar, although only ruins remain a delightful Anglican church is adjacent where anyone is welcome to visit and join in a service.
Kolossi castle, once base for the crusaders, towers over the vineyards of Kolossi village and not far away is the ancient stadium, where you can sit and imagine the screaming chariot races.
All these sites are within 30 mins. of our Cyprus Villa.
The Troodos area, very accessible from the villa, has a wealth of small villages where vineyards, cherry orchards and goats provide a major income for the area as well as the notorious villages of Omodos and Platres visited by many tourists.
Omodos is the centre of the wine industry where you can see the grapes being brought into the cooperative from the surrounding villages. The cobbled main street lined with mulberry trees leeds to the monastery.
A number of cafes and simple restaurants alternate with souvenir shops, the best buys being the local wines and hand made lace.
Platres is higher in the Troodos, stays cool and green most of the summer and was popularised in the early 1900’s when the wealthy built summer residences. Above Platres is a walk to the Caledonian Falls and a trout farm where one can eat the local fish BBQ,d.
Prodromos is the highest village in Cyprus and Pedoulas is at the top of the Marathassa valley, laid out in tiers and has a view of the north coast on a clear day.
The frescoed churches of the Troodos are renowned, the most important are Asimou, Ayios loannis, Lambadhistis, Ayios Nikolas tis Steyis, Panayia tou Araka and Stavros tou Ayiasmati. Often they are kept locked and hunting down the key is all part of the visit. The caretakers name and contact is usually on the door.
It is well worth planning a route taking in some of the villages, stopping at a local Winery for a tasting, the potteries or to take in the dramatic views.
Pissouri is a great destination for watersports which include water skiing and windsurfing/kite surfing.