The motorway has brought Pissouri closer to the larger cities and resorts of Limassol and Paphos,
but the distinctiveness of the area is likely to be retained. The Pissouri area is famous for
growing grapes, mainly in the valley between the main roads and the sea that leads to Pissouri
Beach. Pissouri is a 30-minute drive away from Paphos.
Some people describe Pissouri as somewhere where time has stood still but that is not true.
At the turn of the century Pissouri Village managed something which is fairly rare, perhaps
almost unique, in those parts of the Mediterranean which attract western European tourists.
It has retained its traditional Cypriot character whilst adapting very successfully to
welcome visitors to the village.
Visitors can find almost anything they want in Pissouri - there are several shops and just
every need is available. As far as
restaurants and bars are concerned, there is an amazing number and variety - and they
are all good, serving food and drink of exceptional quality. There are also two banks in
Pissouri village square.
During the summer there is a so-called 'Cyprus night' in the lovely traffic-free village
square, with dancing and music. Although the idea is perhaps that it provides entertainment
for the visitors to Pissouri, it is also true that a significant number of those present
every week are the villagers themselves, thus it really is a true Cyprus night.
The views from Pissouri village and its surroundings are spectacular. It is set on the
eastern slopes of the ridge reaching the sea at Cape Aspro, about 500 feet high on average -
the highest point on the ridge is about 800 feet. To the East it is possible to see the
countryside and the shore line all the way to Limassol and even beyond, and to the north
the whole of the Troodos range, including Mount Olympus, at more than 6000 ft, the
highest mountain on the island.
The beach area has developed since the beginning of the 1980s from a jetty and one small
taverna, into what it is today - an informal collection of excellent tavernas, a few shops,
two banks, some apartments and one hotel. It is not an overdeveloped resort, as similar
areas on Cyprus have become during the same two decades, but like Pissouri village, it has
retained a Cypriot atmosphere. It is here that many Cypriots come on Sundays. The beach
itself is clean, safe, partly sandy and partly shingle, and there are some water sports
available in the summer. Neither is it dead in the winter, it is just as enjoyable to have
lunch on New Year's Day looking out over the sea as it is on 15 August - a Cypriot
holiday in the summer - and there are just as many people eating in some of the best
tavernas at New Year as in the summer.