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Pissouri

Pissouri Holidays

A pretty little town of beautifully-secluded beaches and nature trails, Pissouri is halfway between Paphos and Limassol – brilliant for those who want to stay calm between those great Cypriot cities.

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Where old meets new

Pissouri is described as one of the most adaptive villages in Cyprus due to the fact it's kept much of its heritage as a fishing community and farming town as it's developed into a modern part of the island, welcoming more and more visitors every year. Perfectly situated between Limassol and Paphos, a trip to Pissouri combines pastoral surroundings with modern comforts, all backed by traditional food, drink and Cypriot hospitality.

They say that time stood still in Pissouri while the rest of Cyprus moved on, but that's not necessarily true. Rather, the village simply shows the qualities of traditional Cypriot living with as much laid-back passion as the modern facilities you'll find here.

There's a marked difference between Pissouri's old-fashioned fishing village and the beach for which holidaymakers love it, so you'll be spending time in a town of surprising contrasts.

Head down to the beach and you'll find all the conveniences with none of the hassle. The village has struck the perfect balance between modern comfort and over-development, which means you've got watersports and relaxing sands to enjoy without any of the hubbub of larger tourism hotspots.

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Goddesses and theatre

Culture is rich in Pissouri, and you'll see it for yourself once you reach the town's amphitheatre – a place where Shakespearean sonnets and local dances blend before your eyes. There's a gorgeous sweeping view of the surrounding hinterlands around this special place, but don't think that's the only highlight.

Head west out of the village and you'll encounter the legendary Aphrodite's Rock, where the goddess was first said to have risen from the waves.

But if you instead head up to the heights of Cape Aspro, you'll be 800 feet above everything else and the expanses of Cyprus will stretch away beneath you. On a clear day, you'll be able to see all the way to Limassol, as well as admiring the grand majesty of the Troodos mountains.

Flavours of tradition

The quiet small-town feel hasn't stopped Pissouri growing to accommodate some of the best food on the island, and you'll have a great selection of meals and treats to tickle your taste buds during your stay.

The true flavours of Cyprus are best represented in tavernas like Saffron and Kamares, with their Mediterranean arches and open dining areas. Coffees and cake are in ample supply elsewhere, together with smoothies. For wines, cocktails or a good old-fashioned pint, there are pubs such as the Iron Horse or the Grape & Grain.

Nobody's going to go hungry on this trip, especially considering that famous Cypriot tradition of big portions and good times over a good meal.

Staying active

Just because it's laid-back, doesn't mean you're going to be bored – Pissouri has plenty to keep the more active among you out and about while sunbathers and spa lovers recline in luxury. Cycling is a good option, with bike rentals available throughout the year.

The reputation of holiday packages to Cyprus being ideal for watersports and diving enthusiasts is well backed up in Pissouri, with lots of opportunities to cruise the waves or explore beneath the sea. The friendly professionals can accommodate everyone, from first timers to experienced hobbyists, so don't be shy about making a splash.

Feeling the heat

For a spot of exploration, you've got short drives to Paphos and Limassol during your stay at Pissouri, which means you've got a quiet place to retreat to when you're done exploring those classical cities.

But whether you're staying in Pissouri for the adventure or for the relaxation, one thing is certain – you won't be taking your thermals on Cyprus holidays. Temperatures in the summer months will soar up to and beyond 30°C, while even the winter season will rarely dip below 15°C.

However you choose to spend your time, and whenever best suits you to go, you can rest assured that there'll be plenty of sunshine every step of the way.