When it comes to planning a holiday, the allure of popular tourist destinations can be strong. However, for those seeking a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience, Pissouri is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Nestled on the southwestern coast of Cyprus, Pissouri offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and a tranquil atmosphere that sets it apart from the more crowded tourist spots. In this article, we'll delve into the reasons why exploring Pissouri promises a holiday adventure like no other.
Start your off-the-beaten-path journey in the heart of Pissouri – the village itself. Unlike bustling tourist hubs, Pissouri village retains its authentic Cypriot charm. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with traditional stone houses, and discover local tavernas serving mouthwatering delicacies. Engage with friendly locals, and you'll find a warm hospitality that adds a personal touch to your holiday experience.
Agios Georgios - The small church of Agios Georgios is located in Kamaroudi, on the public road to the village of Alectora, at a distance of 3 km from Pissouri. It was built in 1958 at the expense of Mr. Aristos A. Liasidis. The chapel celebrates every Easter Wednesday.
The Chapel of Profitis Ilias - The chapel of Profitis Ilias is located on the pine-covered hillside of Agios Ilias west of Pissouri and at a distance of 2 km from it. It was built in 1960 on a carved rock at the expense of Mr. Agamemnon Fouta. The chapel was renovated in 2002. The small church of Profitis Ilias has very ancient hagiographies on the inside rock walls.
Agios Alexandros - The small church of Agios Alexandros was built in 1990 in a space donated by Mr. Leonidas Liasidis Kotzias at the expense of Mrs. Galatias G. Kyriazi. In the old days there was a large bush of trimithia and ropes where the faithful Christians went and prayed. On the branches of the bushes hung various kinds of clothing by sick children to be healed by the Saint.
Agios Maurikios - To the east of the plain of Linidia and at the foot of the hill of Agios Maurikios, on the foundations of an old church, the current church of Agios Maurikios was built from the expense of the family of Mr. Pericles Stasis. At the expense of the residents of Pissouri, the church grew, was maintained and fenced in 2001. Saint Maurikios is called the doctor of the warts. Taking soil from inside the church and making it mud you put it in the form of ointment. In a few hours, the patient becomes very well and is cured. It is celebrated every year on September 12. The ancient church of St. Maurikios was recently preserved and is an attraction for tourists in the community and for many Christians.
Panagia Akonopetra Church - the small church in honor of the Virgin Mary was built on the synonymous hill of Akonopetra, west of the community amphitheater of the community. The area belongs to the church of Apostolos Andreas and the expenditure was made with financial contributions of the residents of Pissouri and with a donation of supervision of the works by Mr. Kyriakos D. Mavroudis.
Chapel of Agios Spyridon - The chapel of Agios Spyridon is located in a cave in the area of Ampelochori, near the bay of Pissouri. The church was built in 1999 by 2 brothers, Vasso and Giannakis Pelekanou, in memory of their parents, who came from the occupied village of Assia.
The Church of Apostolos Andreas - The church of Apostolos Andreas was built with voluntary work by the inhabitants of the Community in 1883 and the works for its construction lasted about twelve (12) years. The space in which it is built was used as a cemetery until 1912. The church is built in Gothic shape and is famous for its wood-carved iconostasis built in 1890. The first bell of the church, weighing 100 kg was of Russian origin with rich decoration and melodic sound and when it rang its sound reached a distance of 15 km.
Many monuments are located in Pissour; Neoklis Antoniadis Monument, Octobriana Monument and Aristides Potamitis Monument.
While popular beaches have their own appeal, Pissouri boasts hidden beaches and secluded coves that offer a more intimate connection with nature. Venture beyond the well-trodden paths to discover pristine stretches of shoreline where azure waters meet golden sands. Whether you're seeking solitude or a romantic spot for a sunset picnic, Pissouri's hidden coastal treasures won't disappoint.
Pissouri Beach is located on the southern point of the old village. It stands out for its unspoiled nature, crystal clear waters and continuous yearly Blue Flag awards.
Protected by Cape “Aspro” spectacular white cliffs, Pissouri Beach offers a unique, tranquil and safe environment for visitors and residents alike.
Pissouri Beach is proud of its coastal facilities which include: Lifeguard teams, public changing and toilet facilities, numerous sporting activities services, disabled friendly amenities as well as parking areas.
The secret beach is located east of Pissouri bay and due to its inaccessibility, has for decades attracted people who practice nudism. The Community Council respects peoples’ rights to practice nudism; however, any actions which cause offence to the general public will not be tolerated.
Diving centre located in Pissouri Bay. Pissouri Bay Divers. Telephone +357 96530761.
Pissouri Beach offers a wide selection of water sports to suit everyone. Whether you're after a thrill of adrenaline or something more relaxing. There are 3 water sport companies in the area; Xenios Water Sports, Columbia Water Sports and Chris Water Sports.
For adventurous souls, Pissouri presents a network of nature trails and hiking paths that lead to breathtaking viewpoints and hidden landscapes. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the Akamas Peninsula or the Troodos Mountains, where the scenery transitions from lush vineyards to rugged terrain, providing a diverse range of experiences for nature enthusiasts.
The area has 9 hiking trails, crossing through the hills, providing some spectacular views and an amazing geological experience, with fossils of sea life to be found many hundreds of feet above the sea level. Four of the nine trails are open to both hiking and biking.
To read about the nature trails visit Pissouri Community Website.
Immerse yourself in Pissouri's rich cultural heritage by attending local events and festivals. Experience traditional Cypriot dances, sample regional wines, and participate in festivities that showcase the authentic spirit of the community. Unlike larger tourist destinations, Pissouri allows visitors to engage with its culture in a more intimate and immersive way.
Amphitheatre - Pissouri Amphitheatre was built in 2000. It has a capacity of 800 seats, perfect acoustics and amazing views across Pissouri towards the sea, Akrotiri and Limassol. It is located at the heart of Pissouri village, just a short walk from local bars and taverns. It is the perfect venue for outdoor summer events. A great range of events and festivities are hosted in this venue every year which are organised by groups local to Pissouri as well as by other groups across the island and the world.
While exploring Pissouri, venture beyond the typical tourist hotspots to discover hidden culinary gems. Local tavernas and family-run eateries offer a taste of traditional Cypriot cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and recipes passed down through generations. Your taste buds will thank you for this authentic culinary experience.
Vrakas Taverna - Greek cuisine. Located in the village square. Telephone +357 25221940
Bunch of Grapes - Courtyard restaurant in the village. Telephone +357 25221275
Hill View Restaurant - dine in style overlooking breathtaking views across the valley that spread beneath. Telephone +357 25221972
Symposium - Symposio Pissouri is the sister restaurant to the Symposio restaurant in Pelendri village. Fantastic traditional Cyprus nights during the summer. Telephone +357 99123777
Steakhouse by Michael - the restaurant offers high quality food and service. Telephone +357 25221766
Kastro Restaurant - located in Pissouri Bay. Telephone +357 25222211
Papantoniou Supermarket - large supermarket with many UK brands. The supermarket's location can be seen on Google Maps.
A regular bus service operates in the area. Visit Pafosbus to view route and times.
The Villa Group can assist with car hire, view our Extras page
There are two medical centers in Pissouri:
Pissouri Polimedical Center, Telephone +357 25222727
Pissouri Royal Medical Centre, Telephone +357 25222244
Pharmacy: Kyriacos pharmacy, Telephone +357 25222800. Located on the main road of Pissouri Village, close to Papantoniou Supermarket.
Larnaca International Airport 100 km
Paphos International Airport 30 km
Paphos 35 km
Larnaca 100 km
Limassol 36 km
In conclusion, choosing Pissouri for your holiday adventure off the beaten path promises an authentic and unforgettable experience. From the enchanting village to beaches, nature trails, cultural immersion, and culinary delights, Pissouri offers a diverse range of experiences for those seeking a break from the conventional tourist path. Embrace the spirit of exploration, and let Pissouri be the canvas for your next holiday masterpiece – a one-of-a-kind adventure that lingers in your memory long after you've returned home.