Esso Pissouri

Esso Pissouri

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Arka Olive Groves

Pissouri Fitness

Pissouri Fitness

Cava Bar Cafe

Cava Bar Cafe

TEL +357 99 44 39 88, +357 25 221255
We offer the lowest prices of beverages throughout the region.
Also you can have a simple and quick snack and a tasty coffee. Your are most welcome!

TEL +357 99 44 39 88, +357 25 221255

Taxi Pissouri

Loucas Theodosiou – Taxi

Exceptional quality customer service! At the best rates!

Book your taxi now: +357 25 221227 or mobile +357 99980777 or email: stanico@cytanet.com.cy

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  2. Its like having your personal driver
  3. If you meet friends or you have business meeting at the restaurant… feel safe to drink alcohol beverages.
  4. You can be concentrated in a business call during your trip
  5. You can save time by sending important documents to a specific address
  6. If you need an Airport trip at anytime – we are here for you (arriving or departing)
  7. All your trips with real security (fully insured)
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Q water

TEL +357 26910555 PROFESSIONALS IN WATER TREATMENT Providing service to Cyprus and overseas we are specialists in water treatment for domestic, industrial and commercial premises and processes. We offer an extensive range of Water Purification systems including  small & large Reverse Osmosis systems , Limescale Management systems, Ion Exchange Water Softeners, Ultrafiltration systems, Water Dispensers ,a large selection of Water […]

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Michael Antoniou

18 September 2016 at 17:00 at The Grape and Grain

Singing live for the first time in Pissouri Bay…. Continuing with our FREE Live entertainment…….Michael Antoniou, is a well known performer across the island, covering hits from legends such as, Sinatra, Cash, Deano, Eric Clapton, Adele, Barry White, Bill Withers, Nat King Cole, Charlie Rich, Matt Monro, Ellvis & many more, so bring your dancing shoes, he’s bound to get you up dancing the evening away….

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Vine Leaf Tavern .Vietnamese evening.

26 July 2016 at 20:00 – 23:00

Pissouri Village

Authentic Vietnamese food cooked in a traditional manner under the beautiful vines of the Vine Leaf Tavern. “Dining with a Difference”! With a little custom and costume to add to the evening.

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Παραδοσιακό Γλέντι / Traditional dancing evening (Glenti)

7 August 2016 at 21:00-00:00

O Vrakas Taverna Pissouri

Traditional dancing event in Pissouri Square with 2 bands and 2 folkloric groups performing traditional dances from Greece (Macedonia, Thraki and Greek Islands) and Cypus.
For reservations and more information please contact us at +0035799312443 or haris@ovrakas.com.
Ο Πολιτιτικός Όμιλος ΝΟΣΤΟΣ ΠΙΣΣΟΥΡΙΟΥ σας προσκαλεί στο παραδοσιακό γλέντι που θα γίνει στην Πλατεία Πισσυρίου. Χωροί και ζωντανή μουσική από Κύπρο, Μακεδονία, Θράκη και Ελληνικά νησιά. Για πληροφορίες και κρατήσεις παρακαλώ επικοινονήστε μαζί μας στο 99312443 ‘η haris@ovrakas.com

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Pissouri Square Snack Bar

TEL +357 25221579

PISSOURI SQUARE SNACK BAR is a family friendly pub next door to the Platea Restaurant. Specialising in tasty homemade bar snacks and meals including is Gyros Doner Kebab. It has a great selection of beers available including some locally brewed ales too

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Platea Tavern

TEL +357 99604823 Platea Tavern is situated in the heart of Pissouri at the center of Pissouri’s beautiful square half way between Paphos and Limassol. The tavern specialises in traditional Cypriot food and drink and its Kelftico is still to this day cooked in the traditional wood fired oven giving the lamb its unique flavour. […]

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Captain’s Bay Restaurant

TEL +357 25 221158 Captains Bay Restaurant is giving you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking views wile enjoying your meal!!! Overlooking the small pictures Pissouri Bay, the Captains Bay Restaurant is giving you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking views.Whether you decide to sit on our […]

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Yialos Restaurant

TEL +357 25 221747 Yialos Tavern is mainly a Fish Tavern (also serves meat dishes) located in Pissouri Bay. Our customers have a dream sea view while enjoying our famous food Since 1987 Yialos Restaurant is ideal for those seeking a quiet and neat place, literally on the beach. The love for the sea cuisine […]

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JERSEY BOYS AMAZING TRIBUTE CONCERT By The New Jerseys!

15TH JULY 2016

PISSOURI AMPHITHEATRE

KENDALL & MORRELLI SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERTS
DOORS OPEN 6.00PM PICNICS WELCOME!
TICKETS ARE ONLY €15.00 (Equivalent to £9.50 Sterling) OUTSTANDING VALUE! For an International Concert Direct from the UK! BUY NOW ATwww.kendallandmorrelli.com ITS EASY!
”Oh What a Night”
The JERSEY BOYS TRIBUTE IS BACK!
by The New Jerseys Back by Popular Demand!
4 Sexy Guys 4 Sexy Dates!
The amazing quartet have had huge success back in the UK and Europe. Their superb vocal harmonies, slick dance moves and fabulous costumes have left audiences spell bound. Jamie leads the boys with his uncanny resemblance to the falsetto voice of Frankie Valli. Ian Dufferty is a hit with the ladies with his dashing boyish looks and sexy vocal sounds. The remaining two in the quartet, Paul and Daniel add the finishing touches with master class vocal harmonies and synchronised dance routines. The four combine in a unique and colourful vocal, dance experience that you will always remember!

15th of July 2016 at 18:00

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Dominic Holmes Live at the Platea Tavern

27th of August 2016 at 19:00

At the Platea Tavern

Dominic Holmes, back in Pissouri by popular demand. A fanastic one man band singing music from across the generations. From Sinatra to Elvis, Cat Stevens, Barry White, Santana and Dire Straits, Kings of Leon, Bryan Adams, Shaggy, Robbie Williams and many many more.

To reserve a table for this great evening in Pissouri Square please call the Platea Tavern on 25222688

 

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One Year Anniversary – Melissa Williams

2nd of September 2016 at 21:00

at The Grape and Grain

Join us to help us celebrate our very successful first year of being open, Melissa Williams will be performing live ….:) More details to follow…..

 

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Vacant singing live at the Grape & Grain

24th July 2016  at 5pm

Singing live for the first time in Pissouri Bay…

 

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Glenn Barnes at The Grape & Grain

17 July at 17:00

First time playing at the Grape and Grain, Glenn will be playing choice covers from across the last five decades on his acoustic guitars and banjo, with backing vocals from my wife Ben. Come along and enjoy the music…

 

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Grape and Grain Bar

TEL +357 25212412

Welcome to the “Grape and Grain Bar” a family friendly establishment situated within striking distance of the popular Pissouri Bay, we offer a stylish chic environment to enjoy our fine wines, beers and spirits

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Pissouri Easter Festivities – Timetable

Kalo Pascha, Καλό Πάσχα or Happy Easter

It is almost Easter here in Cyprus one of the biggest, if not the biggest, religious event in the Orthodox calendar. Here in Pissouri we have a fun array of entertainments and activities going on all of which have been arranged by Pissouri Community Council. Following please find the daily timetables for all of the activities.

Easter Sunday (01/05/2016)
15:30 Music from DJ Harris
16:00 Live bouzouki instrumental
16:30 Traditional games
18:00 Dancing performance by Nostos Dancing Association
19:00 Music group Michalis Tterlikkas

Easter Monday (02/05/2016)
10:00 Horse racing at Profitis Elias area
16:00 Music from DJ Harris
18:00 Dancing performance by Nostos Dancing Association
19:30 Music group from Crete Andreas Lilikakis

Easter Tuesday (03/05/2016)
15:00 Married vs Single football match

Easter festivities will be conducted under the auspices of PISSOURI COMMUNITY COUNCIL

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Council Notice – Water Supply

We have a Water Supply Cut in the “Strathmos Area”

We have little details but this is to inform you that the water supply pipeline has been Damaged and is being repaired but unfortunately we don’t have a likely down period for this.

 

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Hani Daytime Restaurant

Tel: +357 2522 1211 Hani café and restaurant is situated on the old Paphos to Limassol road – the B6.  Driving from Paphos, Hani is the first restaurant you come to when entering Pissouri.  We are located on the left hand side with a large customer carpark to be found opposite. Hani first opened our […]

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APHRODITE’S CULTURAL ROUTE

Follow the footsteps of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty and patron of Cyprus. The route focuses on the 3 most important Archaeological Sites dedicated to the ancient cult of Aphrodite. There are also links to other sites, museums and nature trails related to the goddess. The World Heritage Site of PALAIPAFOS in Kouklia […]

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Pissouri Bay Cafe Bar – Carnival Party

Step up for some fun. Enjoy another Saturday night with us and DJ Tracy

12 March at 20:00–1:00

Dresscode: optional

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Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus (Nicosia)

The Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus, housed on the ground floor of the old Archbishopric, consists of a large collection of 19th and early 20th century Cypriot folk art. It includes wood-carved objects, tapestry, embroidery, pottery, Cypriot folk costumes and material hand-woven on the loom. ALL YEAR ROUND Tuesday-Friday: 09:30-16:00 / Saturday: 09:00-13.00 Entrance fees: 2,00 […]

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Kolossi Medieval Castle

Kolossi castle is a fine example of military architecture. It was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century. After the fall of Acre in 1291 it served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and in the 14th […]

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Lemesos District Archaeological Museum

The Lemesos (Limassol) District Museum was founded in 1948 and was initially housed in a section of the Lemesos Castle. During the conflicts of 1964 it remained closed as it was handed over to the National Guard. Construction activities for the new modern Museum began in 1972. The new exhibition was organised in March 1975, […]

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Lemosos Medieval Castle

The Medieval Castle of Lemesos, situated near the old harbour in the heart of the historical centre of the city of Lemesos, houses the Medieval Collection of the Cyprus Museum. Although there existed earlier architectural phases of an older and larger structure, the present edifice dates to the period of Ottoman rule. Archaeological investigation within […]

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Medieval Fort of Pafos

Originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour, the fort was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, but then dismantled by the Venetians. It was rebuilt by the Ottomans in the 16th century when they conquered the island. Daily: 08:30-17:00 (16/9-15/4) Daily : 08:30-19:30 (16/4-15/9) Entrance fees: 2.50

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The Cyprus Museum (Nicosia)

The first archaeological Museum of Lefkosia was housed in a building on Victoria St. in old Lefkosia, in the occupied part of the town. It was founded in 1888 as a privately run institution to protect the finds that started to come to light during the first legal excavations undertaken during the British rule of […]

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Amathous

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Choirokoitia (Khirokitia)

Situated in the Maroni valley, about 6 km from the southern coast of the island, the site of Choirokoitia lies in a hilly landscape in the foothills of the Troodos massif. It constitutes the most impressive example of the initial establishment of sedentary communities on the island and the development of an original civilisation: the […]

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Kalavasos Tenta

The archaeological site of Kalavasos lies in a dominant position to the west of the Vasilikos river valley, about 38 km southwest of Larnaka and 45 km south of Lefkosia. It can be seen from the highway. According to local tradition the name goes back to 327 A.D. when St. Helen, the mother of Constantine […]

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Kition

The archaeological area of Kition consists of two sites: Kathari and Pampoula. It is located within the limits of the modern city of Larnaka. Various finds came to light between the 18th and the 19th century, during excavation work conducted by foreign travelers and tomb looters. One such find is the famous Assyrian stele of […]

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Kourion

The mount of Kourion, on which the ancient city-kingdom developed, occupies a dominant position on the coast 4 km southwest of the village of Episkopi in the Lemesos district. The earliest evidence of settlement in the broader area of Kourion dates to the Neolithic period (4500-3900 B.C.), whilst the most ancient remains in the area […]

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Maa Palaiokastro (Palaeokastro)

The archaeological site of Maa-Paliokastro is situated on a small peninsula north of the town of Pafos. A small-scale excavation was conducted in 1952 by Porphyrios Dikaios followed by systematic excavations from 1979 to 1985 under the direction of the then director of the Department of Antiquities, Dr Vassos. Karageorghis. The site is related to […]

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Nea Pafos

Nea Pafos is situated on a small promontory on the southwest coast of the island. According to written sources, the town was founded at the end of the 4th century by Nicocles, the last king of Palaipafos. In the beginning of the 3rd century B.C. when Cyprus became part of the Ptolemaic kingdom, which had […]

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Tamasos

Tamasos is located about 21 km southwest of Lefkosia (Nicosia), on the left bank of the river Pediaios. The larger part of the ancient town lies under the modern villages of Politiko, Pera and Episkopio. We do not know when and by whom the town was established. It seems that Tamasos was founded around the […]

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Tombs of the Kings

The ‘Tombs of the Kings’ is the impressive necropolis that is located just outside the walls, to the north and east of Pafos town. It was built during the Hellenistic period (3rd century B.C.) to satisfy the needs of the newly founded Nea Paphos. Its name is not connected with the burial of kings, as […]

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Kykkos monastery and Museum

The best-known and richest monastery of Cyprus, Kykkos Monastery was founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It possesses one of three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. It is covered in silver gilt, enclosed in a shrine of tortoise shell and mother of-pearl, and stands in front of the iconostasis. The museum […]

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Palaipafos (Kouklia)

The ancient town of Palaipafos is located within the limits of the modern village of Kouklia, situated close to the mouth of Diarizos river, 16 kilometres east of the modern town of Pafos. The site of Palaipafos and its surrounding area are linked to an ancient cult associated with the “Great Goddess”, the goddess of […]

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Green Forest

TEL +357 26422479

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George Elia

George Elia is a highly qualified Motor Vehicle Engineer who runs a fully equipped, modern, and scrupulously clean workshop with 3 full work bays conveniently located just off the B6 in Pissouri Village. The work spaces and all equipment are continually reviewed to keep up with the complexities of the modern motor vehicle engine.

Tel: +357 99638170 / +357 25221171.

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Nicos Xantris Rent a Car

+357 25221010

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D & N Veterinary Clinic

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Malcolm Cat Society

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Fiona’s Studio

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Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare

TEL +357 26946461

The organisation was created in 1982 as Cyprus Cat Protection (CCP) and Animal Welfare, to provide shelter for stray cats and dogs. In 1994 it became Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare, and today the organisation is running an educational centre for animal welfare, with shelter visits from schools. We also welcome Veterinary College students who come for hands-on experience with the objects of their studies, along with young graduates who come to Paphiakos via the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. Also, Paphiakos has charity shops, a book exchange shop and a coffee shop, all to raise funds that help with the upkeep of the shelter where 1200+ animals live. We at Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare also rely on public donations. The organisation operates two veterinary clinics, one in Paphos and one in Polis, where highly trained and experienced vets of different specialties work with modern medical equipment, such as digital X-ray machine. Routine health checks, micro-chipping, spaying and neutering, vaccinations and blood tests are some of the basic activities of the clinic. Also available are pet travel services, boarding and grooming.

 

The clinic in Paphos is open between 7am and 7pm Monday to Sunday, while the clinic in Polis is open between 9am and 2pm Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 1pm on Sundays. A 24 hour emergency service is available at 99655581. The Paphos clinic number is 26946461 and the Polis clinic number is 26321546.

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Site development – pissouri.com

Over the winter months we at Masmega Ltd. the parent company that run pissouri.com have been making some background changes to the site to enable us to give a more user friendly experience for both potential visitors to Pissouri but also for the contributors in the site.

To achieve this there we have had to undertake a complete rewrite of our site which should now allow us to take it in the direction that our users have asked. There is still a way to go but we will keep you informed as new areas and new feature are programmed in!

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Skeleas Apartments

TEL  +357 96 315525 Skeleas Apartments are located on the side of the Melanda escarpment in Pissouri Bay. Perched high on the escarpment it provides magnificent views over the Pissouri Jetty and Bay to the statuesque Cape Aspro to the west. The unique location offers peace and quiet with easy access to the beach and […]

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D. Xantris Holiday Villas

Office: (+357) 2522 1010 Pissouri Private Luxury Villas Located on a small hilltop in the secluded Pissouri Bay valley, each of the four luxury villas offers both privacy and a fabulous view of both the sea and the surrounding farmlands. Pissouri Village Maisonettes Sitting close to the top of the mountain and on the perimeter of the […]

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SLV Luxury Villas

TEL +357 96315525 Since 1999 our family run property business, SLV Estates Ltd, has been selling, sourcing and renting properties in Cyprus and has also built several projects throughout the Island. We have offices in both the UK and Cyprus. SLV Estates Ltd are fully independent and full members of the AIPP (Association of International […]

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Hylatio Tourist Village

TEL +357 25 222 701 Set in beautiful gardens with an elegant swimming pool and just a few minutes’ walk from an alluring sandy Pissouri beach (Blue Flag award), Hylatio is very close to scenic Pissouri village, and 1hr drive from the picturesque Troodos Mountains. Hylatio is an ideal setting for a relaxing, value-for-money holiday […]

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Barefoot Designs

TEL +357 99 863250 Barefoot Designs is an exciting Art Gallery (owned and operated by myself, Samantha Wylie) which opened inPissouri Bay in 2012. Now in its third season, the Gallery has gone from strength to strength, offering an increasingly wide variety of artwork, all from local artists using ethically sourced, largely local materials. With […]

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Bay Jewellery

Unique little jewellery shop specialising in bespoke silver designs and personalised pieces. I am happy to take custom orders for personalised pieces of jewellery based on the photos you see here and on my Facebook page. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.00 – 15.00 Or by appointment call Gemma +357 97745383 PAYMENT ACCEPTED BY PAYPAL AND […]

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The Bunch of Grapes Inn

TEL +357 25221275 THE BUNCH OF GRAPES INN was originally the village Manor House and is reputed to be more than 200 years old. It was converted to an inn in 1976 and it remains quite unique. There is nothing else quite like it on the whole Island. The conversion of the building from traditional […]

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Da Vinci’s Ristorante Mediteraneo

TEL +357 26961201 Da Vinci’s Family Restaurant and Bar has been owned by the same family for more than 20 years. We promise you quality local produce cooked to the highest standards. Friendly service and a full drinks menu with cocktails, local and international wines, ice-cold beers and soft drinks. We welcome you to come […]

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AMPELOHORI RESTAURANT & PELEKANOS APARTMENTS

TEL +357 25 221 210 The Ampelohori Complex is ideally located on the eastern side of the valley overlooking the beautiful Pissouri Bay. Situated half way between Pafos and Limmasol and 3 km off the A6 highway, Ampelohori is the ideal holiday base. It is only a thirty minute drive to either Pafos or Limassol, […]

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Chris Watersports

CHRIS WATERSPORTS (EST.1982) is located in the middle of the beautiful blue flag Pissouri beach, featuring free parking and public shower and changing facilities. We are within easy reach of the numerous tavernas and bars of the Pissouri Bay area, and a short drive to the picturesque Pissouri Village perched high atop Cape Aspro massif. […]

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Columbia Watersports

TEL +357 99 612262 COLUMBIA WATER SPORTS is based in Pissouri Bay, on the beach in front of the twin hotels – the Columbia Resort and Beach Hotel – a gem on the south coast of Cyprus miles away from the hustle and bustle of large tourist towns. Columbia Water Sports is entirely owned and […]

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Smoothie & Sweetie

TEL +357 99792057 All Fresh & Homemade! JUICE & SMOOTHIE BAR green, detox, slimming… a wide variety on the menu COFFEE SHOP Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Milkshakes, Dairy Free Milkshakes, Aperitifs… Low fat Frozen Yogurt & Matcha Green Tea Frozen Yogurt HEALTHY SWEETS & CAKE SHOP Organic gluten-, sugar-, and dairy free Cakes, Ice Cream and Belgian […]

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PISSOURI BAY DIVERS

TEL +357 96 530 761. Opened in 2009, we are Pissouri’s premier PADI 5* Dive Centre and have been members of Cyprus Dive Centre Association since 2010. We take pride in offering our divers a true family run and owned one-stop Dive Centre, where you are not just a number or another diver. Our courses […]

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New in Pissouri Bay: Bay Jewellery

Bay JewelleryUnique little jewellery shop specialising in bespoke silver designs and personalised pieces.

I am happy to take custom orders for personalised pieces of jewellery based on the photos you see here and on my Facebook page.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 9.00 – 15.00
Or by appointment call Gemma +357 97745383

PAYMENT ACCEPTED BY PAYPAL AND ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS.

International delivery is no problem at all.

I aim to dispatch within 1 – 3 business days depending on the details of the design.

Bay Jewellery 10I have over 15 years of experience in the silver jewellery industry and take great pride in producing high quality, strong pieces for you to keep for years to come.

The story behind the ‘Mussel Shell’ charm.
One hot sunny day over seven years ago I was walking along Lady’s Mile beach in Limassol and I came across a beautiful mussel shell. I used my silversmith skills and crafted it into something even more beautiful!
I made a mould of the actual shell and this was then used to make the casting for the unique charm that I am proud to say is my signature piece today!

CONTACT

  • AddressShop 7, Artemis Parade, Odos Ampelonon, Pissouri Bay, Cyprus
  • Phone00357 9774 5383
  • Emailgemstorey@icloud.com
  • Category Arts, crafts & souvenirs
  • Location Pissouri Bay
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Palepaphos Experience

Join us on a 3 hour tour of the ancient capital of Paphos.

Palepaphos, now named Kouklia, has much to offer with a pretty village square, tavernas, shops and a church.

We begin your Palepaphos Experience with a coffee or soft drink at Gabriel’s Tavern, a popular venue by day or night. Your fully qualified guide will escort you to the air conditioned coach to make the short journey to the first site.

Driving a short distance out of Kouklia village to the coastal plain you will pass by fields of oranges, olives and lemons (season dependent) to the ruins of an ancient oil press. Your guide will explain the process used in the early 3rd century BC to obtain valuable olive oil.

A short drive inland will bring you to the ruins of a Lusignan sugar refinery which was in operation from the 14th century to the 16th century. Sugar cones were produced here using water power from springs arising in the Orietes forest. This refinery is one of the few in the Mediterranean and Near East which preserves the ruins of workshops and its basic processing elements of milling, boiling and refining, firing and storing.

The tour now heads further inland, taking you to the hills behind Kouklia and the picturesque chapel of St Constantinos and St Helen. The chapel has had a turbulent history, having been damaged both inside and out but is now resting peacefully in the fields.  A walk across those fields brings you to the Byzantine cave/hermitage of Palea Egkleistra with its 15th century frescoes.

Once back in the comfort of the bus there is a scenic drive back into Kouklia village and the Palepaphos Museum. The guide will show you the artefacts and history some of which dates as far back as 2,000BC.

A stroll through the village square from the museum brings you back to Gabriel’s Tavern where you will be welcomed and served a traditional Cypriot lunch.

Notes

Please wear sensible walking shoes as some of the ground has loose stones. We also advise that you bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat.

Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking. Soft drinks are served with lunch but alcohol is available for purchase.

CONTACT

  • AddressKouklia, Cyprus
  • PhoneDeborah +357 97726818 / Gabriel +357 99633745
  • Email jmcyprus@gmail.com
  • Category Excursions
  • Location Nearby
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Fiona’s Studio Summer Opening Hours

As from Monday 25th May the Studio will be changing to our Summer Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday 9.30 am till 2.30 pm / 5.30 pm till 8.30 pm
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday & Saturday 9.30 am till 2.30 pm / 5.30 pm till 8.30 pm
  • Sunday by Request

Home Visits Available. Please call 99979613 for appointments.

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Happy hour & Sunday roast at Ampeli Restaurant

Every Friday Happy Hour from 6pm till 7pm: buy 1 drink and get 1 drink for FREE!

Every Sunday traditional ROAST!

Mayor Pissouri

Message from the Mayor

A warm welcome to all, residents and visitors alike. I would like to give a short message to highlight what is happening in Pissouri Village District from the standpoint of the Pissouri Community Council.

The E.U. is going through turbulent times, and this means that hard decisions have to be made, not always to the liking of everyone. Here at the village level we also have decisions that may or may not be popular, for us mostly driven by funding and safety issues. Funding is difficult, as Council revenues are depleted due to reduced applications for construction etc., a backbone funding source for most Councils. These are the times, and we must deal with what is in front of us and assign funds on a priority level.

We are blessed with a beautiful spot here in our wonderful island nation, Nature has provided us with an immeasurable wealth. It is up to us to make the best of that gift.

I believe in four corner-posts:

  • Transparency.  Transparency leads to honesty, and honesty to achievement and peace of mind. In all our Council dealings, the populace and visitors should be aware of details pertaining to the management of the Village District, and also of our future projects.
  • Collectivity.  Only together with a collective effort can we achieve what we want in the shortest possible time. Everyone, from all walks of life, has something to offer, whether procuring ideas for the collective benefit or making those ideas a reality.
  • Equality.  For us to succeed, we must all be on an equal footing. Nothing can be achieved unless the opportunities are available to all, regardless of nationality, belief, or connections.
  • Planning.  We cannot achieve what we want without the correct planning. As a Council, when we apply for funding, we must plan well and have all details covered prior to the application, such as licenses and plans. If we do not plan well, we will be sent away to acquire what is needed, allowing others to leapfrog us in on the funding ladder. This takes time, but we will be prepared!

We are working hard to improve the safety and beauty of the Village district, and to provide amenities in keeping with the vision that we have for a continually improved Village and Bay area, from a hiking trail connecting to Petra tou Romanou, to farm road repair, to parks and structural improvements.

I would like to thank you all for participating, and we wish us all a healthy, prosperous, and healthy future TOGETHER.

Lazaros Lazarou

Pissouri Council Chairman

European Bee-eaters (merops apiaster)

“Some birds were made for poems. Keats had his nightingale, Poe his raven. The European bee-eater’s life is more like an epic novel, sprawling across continents, teeming with familial intrigue, theft, danger, chicanery, and flamboyant beauty.”

– Bruce Barcott for National Geographic.

beaeaters2BEE-EATERS are a one of the more beautiful migratory birds visiting Cyprus, arriving in large numbers in the spring and autumn as they make the long journey between Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. Along the way they are subject to predation in the Mediterranean region mainly from Eleonora’s falcons, with some 30 % not surviving the round trip. Small numbers sometimes stay for extended periods (up to 3 months) in Cyprus, but this is not the norm.

beaeaters-300x191 beaeaters1-300x191Apart from their visual beauty, they are very talkative birds, and their beautiful, haunting chatter can be heard echoing in the valleys around Pissouri in the early mornings and evenings as they dart and wheel through the skies in an amazing acrobatic display. Their speed and agility are truly astounding as they feed on the insects stirred up from the farmlands in the Pissouri valley.

The European Bee-eater is a medium sized bird with a large head, long curved pointed beak, and large pointed wings reminiscent of a swallow. They have short legs and weak feet, and on the ground move with a slow, awkward gait. Plumage is quite spectacular, with a blue underbelly, chestnut head leading to a golden-brown back, a yellow and white throat, and with a black “bandit’s mask”. In the bright Cypriot sunshine the colours take on a lustre all of their own, the back looking like a golden cloak fit for the wealthiest of kings.

The gregarious bee-eaters gather in largish flocks, calling and swirling through the air as they feed. They will interestingly only feed on flying insects, and will not eat those prone on plants or on the ground. They will mostly feed where they can perch and then launch themselves after their prey. They snatch the insects out of the air with the tip of their strong beaks, crushing the smaller ones and devouring them on the wing. The larger insects they will hold until they perch again, when they will proceed to beat the insect on the perch to kill it and break it up. The poisonous insects they will also beat and wipe (with eyes closed) in a ritual to extract the poison before devouring it.

beaeaters4 beaeaters3Although it is illegal to kill these birds in Cyprus, they are sometimes killed by bee-keepers protecting their hives. Although they do consume bees (hence their name), large insects and those detrimental to bees (such as wasps) also contribute a significant amount to their diet. They are definitely wrongly cast as villains, but are in fact a part of nature’s balance. Without their contribution, predatory insects would have a devastating effect on the hive populations of bees. Interestingly, cases have also been reported of the bodies of bee-eaters shot near hives being attacked by the bees themselves, resulting in the deaths of many bees. Ongoing efforts to educate the population of Cyprus (as in other Mediterranean countries) as to the direct benefits of these birds, and also the financial benefits of bird-watching tourism, will hopefully have a significant impact on ensuring the longevity of this beautiful species.

The bee-eaters are truly a spectacular part of the migratory gift bestowed upon us here in Cyprus.

With many thanks to:

Tassos Shialis of Birdlife Cyprus ( www.birdlifecyprus.org ).

Spyros Skareas – photo

K.D. Panayiotis – photo

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Of Life and Death…

Life3 Life2Two of the most prolific forms of wildlife in Pissouri are the sparrows and the less- favoured group, snakes.

The SPARROWS are a constant in populated areas in most parts of the world, and Pissouri is no exception. The sometimes much maligned sparrows are everywhere where there are people, and gather in large family groups. When studied closely they have very unique and beautiful colouring patterns. They are very group-orientated, and will care for the very young and infirm within the group. In the spring it is not uncommon to see a single male feeding several youngsters, obviously not all its own offspring.

The SNAKES are numerous, although only one variety can be venomous enough to be considered dangerous to humans, the viper. Most of the others are constrictors, with very mild venom if any at all, however any bite can become infected and should be treated immediately. Fortunately for humans, we are a little large to arouse the hunting interest of the snake population. Most snakes in the world will flee if confronted by a human, and will only show aggression if cornered. Snakes will live and hunt in populated areas, as they afford good hunting grounds for small birds and rodents attracted to the prospect of easy food. Snakes do provide a good population control for small rodents such as mice and sometimes rats. However, they also provide a food source for animals such as hedgehogs, foxes, and birds of prey.

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The accompanying photos show a Coin snake taking a sparrow on a rooftop in Pissouri bay. The snake hid beneath a roof tile at a favourite gathering spot for the local sparrow youngsters. Known for its speed and strength, the sparrow had no chance. The Coin snake is a constrictor with no venom. Interestingly, at the time of the strike, the surrounding sparrows made noise, but did not leave the side of their companion until his death, and then continued to harass the snake throughout the drama until it made its escape from the rooftop.