Age-old Cypriot charm
Peaceful Pissouri is easy to fall in love with, with buckets of Cypriot charm. The lower part of the village borders a curved sand-and-shingle beach, while the upper part is snuggled into orchard and vineyard-clad hills.
Wander through the upper village’s narrow cobbled streets until they open out into the square – it’s the heart of Pissouri and is home to a handful of restaurants and tavernas, as well as a beautiful 19th-century Orthodox church. During summer, stick around for Cyprus Nights in the square, with plenty of drinking, dancing and mezes.
Get your sightseeing fill at the impressive amphitheatre, a Roman relic that still hosts concerts and events during summer. Pissouri is close to another impressive site – the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. You can visit her temple by the picturesque village of Kouklia.
Transfer time from Paphos airport to Pissouri is approximately 20 minutes.
Cyprus has Greek island-style summers that warm up quickly, with temperatures sticking in the low 20s around April and May. In the middle of summer, highs are well into the 30s, and you can still get away with great beach weather (in the slightly more comfortable 20s) around September and October. Cyprus doesn’t get particularly cold; things hover in the late teens throughout winter, with the odd rain shower.
Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Cyprus.
Most restaurants and hotel bills will include a 10% tip, so you don’t have to tip wait staff or bar staff. Even still, extra tips are always appreciated, especially if you received good service. Taxi drivers appreciate a tip; aim for about 10% of the fare.
The official languages of Cyprus are Turkish and Greek. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.