Pissouri Nature Trails

PISSOURI NATURE TRAILS

Troodos Mountains Trails

Pissouri is the third largest village in the district of Limassol and is located just off the A6 motorway, midway between Limassol and Paphos (34 kilometers from each) in the Southwest of Cyprus.


“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”


Pissouri Village is located about 3 kilometers from the sea on the Cape Aspro ridge, and about 500 feet above sea level (152 meters). 


The Trails


The area has 8 hiking trails, crossing through the hills, providing some spectacular views and an amazing geological experience, with fossils of sea life to be found many hundreds of feet above the sea level.

Four of the eight trails are open to both hiking🚶and biking 🚴 

Bicycles are available for hire and also guided cycling tours can be arranged.


1. BLUE ROUTE


Blue-Route

HIKE🚶

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Tourist Area, Columbia Hotel
TOTAL DISTANCE: 7.4 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 1hr 15’
DIFFICULTY RATE: High

BLUE ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


2. RED ROUTE


Red-Route

HIKE🚶

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Tourist Area, Columbia Hotel
TOTAL DISTANCE: 5 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 1hr
DIFFICULTY RATE: Medium

RED ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


3. YELLOW ROUTE


Yellow-Route

HIKE🚶- BIKE 🚴

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Tourist Area, Columbia Hotel
TOTAL DISTANCE: 10.8 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 🚶1hr 15’ 🚴 40’ 
DIFFICULTY RATE: 🚶Easy 🚴 Medium

YELLOW ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


4. GREEN ROUTE


Green Route

HIKE🚶- BIKE 🚴

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Melanda Beach
TOTAL DISTANCE: 12.2 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 🚶1hr 55’ 🚴 1hr 
DIFFICULTY RATE: 🚶Medium 🚴 Medium

GREEN ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


5. BROWN ROUTE


Brown-Route

HIKE🚶- BIKE 🚴

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Tourist Area, Columbia Hotel
TOTAL DISTANCE: 6.7 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 🚶1hr 🚴 20’ 
DIFFICULTY RATE: 🚶Easy 🚴 Medium

BROWN ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


6. PINK ROUTE


Pink-Route

HIKE🚶

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Tourist Area, Columbia Hotel
TOTAL DISTANCE: 3.8 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 45’
DIFFICULTY RATE: Easy

PINK ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


7. ORANGE ROUTE


Orange-Route

HIKE🚶- BIKE 🚴

TRAIL TYPE: Circular
STARTING POINT: Pissouri Square
END POINT: Pissouri Square
TOTAL DISTANCE: 18.9 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 🚶3hr 🚴 1hr 30’ 
DIFFICULTY RATE: 🚶Easy 🚴 Medium

ORANGE ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


8. GENESIS APHRODITE’S TRAIL


Genesis Aphrodite’s Trail

HIKE🚶

TRAIL TYPE: Linear
STARTING POINT: Prolimnos Dog Beach
END POINT: 28 Octovriou Street
TOTAL DISTANCE: 4.5 km
ESTIMATED DURATION: 1hr 20’
DIFFICULTY RATE: High

GENESIS ROUTE (GOOGLE MAP) 


HIKING TRAILS DIFFICULTY RATINGS


All nature trails are divided in 3 categories of difficulty, as follows:

Easy: Easy trail, with gentle gradient. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. 

Medium: Average degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in fair to good fitness levels. Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), and/or course along narrow or rough terrain. 

High: High degree of difficulty. Route with difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill and/or downhill), course along particularly rough and/or slippery, and/or narrow, and/or steep terrain. Suitable for adults in very good to excellent fitness levels. Unsuitable for young children. 


MAP


Pissouri Trails Map

ENLARGE MAPPISSOURI VILLAGE (GOOGLE MAP)

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY OF TRAILS

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Pissouri Community Council

The President and the Members of Pissouri’s Community Council -of the Limassol District -that have been elected in the Municipal elections of the 18th of December 2011, in accordance with the “On Communities” Law, N.86(I)/199, are the following:
ΝΑΜΕ EMPLOYMENT TELEPHONE
Lazaros Lazarou Chairman 99333168
Andreas Filippou Member 99484302
Andreas Theodoulou Member 99440173
Andreas Lazarou Member 99636893
Harris Stylianides Member 99312443
Kyriakos Psomatis Member 99463509
Kyriakos Foutas Member 99325635
Markos Foutas Member 99545696
Achilleas Agathokleous Member 99981812
EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
Petros Foutas Secretary 99313184
Xarikleia Iordanous Secretarial Employee 99441963
Neophytos Neophytou Secretarial Employee 99342900
Fedra Kkouta Secretarial Employee
Sophoclis Sophocleous Truck Driver 99630576
Nikos Koutsidis Plumber 99313543
Antonis Petsa Garbage collector 25933974
Nikos Symeou General Worker 99179332
Stavros Iakovou General Worker 99165895
Athos Agathokleous General Worker 99652857
Theodotos Theodotou General Worker 99688396
Antonis Petsa General Worker
Antreas Mettouris General Worker
Costas Dimitriou General Worker
Savas Sofokleous General Worker
TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS
Lazaros Lazarou 99681393
Stefos Zaxariou 99620549

Pissouri

Location
The picturesque village of Pissouri is located in Limassol district. It lies about 30 km west of Limassol and is halfway through Limassol and Paphos. It is the third largest village in the administrative area of ​​Limassol. Its south area extends to the sea. It is built in a green hillside just 3 km northwest of Cape “Aspro”.

Naming
One rumour states that it took its name from the ancient city “Voosoura” mentioned by the ancient historian Strabo which was located in the surroundings of the Pissouri area. Another rumour relates the name of the village with events that happened during very dark nights (In the Cypriot dialect the word “Pissouri” means “very dark”). One tradition says that the 300 “Alamanoi” saints who came to Cyprus from Palestine to hermitage in various parts of the island, arrived at the bay of Pissouri during such dark night. Another tradition mentions that the escape of the Holy Fathers who were persecuted during the early Christian years, was made through a dark area at night. Eventually it is believed that the interpretation of the name of the village is simpler. At some point in time, resin was  being produced in the region and thus the village got its name. Resin from pitch pine must have been produced in the region during the Byzantine period and during the Frankish period.

Products
Pissouri receives an annual rainfall amounts of 447 mm. The main production is the variety of “Sultanina” grapes produced mainly in the enchanting valley that stretches to the Pissouri Bay. Also cultivated olive, carob and almond trees are grown.

Population
The village has experienced continuous population growth. In 1881 the inhabitants were 482, increasing to 956 in 1931 (860 Greek Cypriots and 96 Turkish Cypriots) and in 1960 amounted to 1072 (1053 Greek Cypriots and 19 Turkish Cypriots). After 1964 because of intercommunal riots that followed the Turkish Cypriot mutiny, the few Turkish Cypriots of Pissouri left the village and moved to neighboring separate Turkish Cypriot villages, as instructed by Ankara for creating powerful Turkish Cypriot enclaves. In 1973, all Greek Cypriots of Pissouri were 1030. Today the villagers including foreign residents of the village are amounted to 1400.

Tourism development
The latest years were devoted to tourism development in the region and especially the beach of Pissouri, which has a special beauty and has been awarded the European Blue Flag.

Apart from the crystal clear waters that make it attractive to foreigners, Pissouri beach extends in a majestic landscape of outstanding natural beauty that starts from Cape “Aspro” and ends on the other rocky area called “Mavrorotsos”. Protected from Cape “Aspro”, with its tall vertical sides, this creates a wonderful combination of mountain and sea giving the area its uniqueness.

“Columbia” hotel is built on the beach area, as well as many other tourist accommodation, restaurants and souvenir shops to better serve local and foreign tourists who visit the unique beauty of the area of ​​Pissouri everyday.

Pissouri can be characterized as one of the most remarkable tourist areas of Cyprus, because it combines mountain and sea, has all the amenities for a pleasant stay and boasts traditional hospitality and the warm friendly atmosphere that accompanies the foreign visitors.

The proximity of the village to the remarkable archaeological sites of Kourion and Palaipaphos gives an opportunity for foreign visitors on short trips to these areas.

Finally we should say that every summer in the village square, foreign visitors and locals enjoy tasty Cypriot food in a fun, entertaining atmosphere created by the various art programs and dance bands.