Visit Pissouri Bay
Situated between the towns of Limassol and Paphos is the village of Pissouri. This area is part of the Limassol district and is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas on the island. Pissouri is officially in the Limassol district and it is located just three kilometers from Cape Aspro and Pissouri Bay. The area has a picturesque coastline with sandy beaches and olive trees along the hills. It is a very popular holiday resort but also home to locals and expats especially from the UK. The area has some highly recommended restaurants particularly fresh fish tavernas which are well known. Above the beach is a built up area with bars, stores and watersports facilities.
The Pissouri area is divided into two communities, the village area and the bay area. The permanent population which numbers just over 1000 people is extended dramatically in the summer months by tourists that flock to the hotels and holiday apartments in the area. The village of Pissouri is situated on the southwest side of Cyprus approximately 34 kilometers from Paphos or Limassol. Driving on the A6 motorway on either side will take you directly to the village or bay. The actual village is located 3 kilometers from the beach but the bay area is right on the beach which offers some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on the island. Rocky cliffs drop down to the sea which offers crystal clear water on sandy beaches.
The village has the famous Church of Apostle Andrea which was built by the community of the area in 1883. This Gothic style church is well worth visiting for its special architecture and historical significance. Particularly interesting is the wooden carved icon stand that is a work of art made in 1890. Other chapels in the area are the Saint George, Prophet Elias, Saint Alexandros, Saint Mauritius, and Saint Spyridonas. The village square is a unique space for relaxation in the summer and offers all the facilities which include cafés, restaurants, pubs and amenities like banks and petrol station. The village hosts various events throughout the year and the festivals and traditional Cypriot events are very interesting to watch. The area also boasts free Wi-Fi facilities for all visitors and there is an amphitheatre that is used for theatrical or musical shows.
Cape Aspro which literally means white cliffs, is situated on either side of the Pissouri beach area. The light and white colour of the cliffs against the azure blue of the Mediterranean Sea are a delight to experience. The beach is around 1500 meters long and 90 meters wide and is a Blue Flagged area which has been awarded for cleanliness, water quality standards and ideal amenities. Pissouri beach offers free coastal facilities which include changing rooms, toilets and shower points. Lifeguards patrol the area in the summer months and light refreshments are also available. The nearby public area makes the beach accessible for all with 5 public walking accesses spread along the coast.
Watersports available include waterskiing, wind surfing, sailing and paragliding. You can also sign up for fishing trips or deep sea diving or simple take a mini cruise around the area. Rentals of all types of jet skis, sailboats and kayaks are available. If hiking or cycling is your preference you can also rent the equipment needed to take private or guided tours. The area has numerous hiking trails through the hills that offer spectacular views.
The area boasts two elegant 5 star luxurious beach hotels the Pissouri Beach Hotel and the Columbia Resorts Hotel which offer fine dining establishments and magnificent spa treatment centres. All types of accommodation can be found in this area. Apart from the 5 star hotels you can also rent villas or holiday apartments that are available on the beach.
The main agricultural products grown locally are grapes, raising, sultanas, almonds, olives and market vegetables. Avdimou which is a nearby village is also well known for its dairy products which include the best Greek yoghurt and the indigenous Halloumi cheese which is handmade from cow, goat and ewe milk. The area has a lot of appeal for locals and visitors from abroad and it is a wonderful coastal area that is very enjoyable to visit.