Answering Your Dining Dilemmas

What do you fancy for dinner

Ever had the situation when you have a yearning for one type of cuisine while your loved ones want something different?

Usually dinner menus have enough options to satisfy everyone, but occasionally you find an establishment that goes even further.

Typical family-run restaurants tend to offer the traditional fare that Cypriots most enjoy. And surely it’s one of the pleasures of travel to sample the local cuisine during your stay.

Cypriot Specialities

Cypriot dishes to make your mouth water include the freshest of locally caught fish, Stifado – an intensely tomatoey beef stew, Kleftiko – super-tender slow-cooked lamb, Moussaka, charcoal barbecued kebab skewers or halloumi.

As an appetiser, what beats dipping slices of pittas in tahini, tzatziki and olive tapenade, and a tasty village salad topped with salty feta?

We also recommend seeking out a traditional restaurant away from the tourist traps to sample an authentic Cypriot meze during your stay. As these can consist of more than 20 small dishes, remember to skip breakfast – or ask for a doggy bag if you can’t manage it all!

Other Cuisines Found in Pissouri Bay

For a small resort, there’s an amazing array of restaurants within walking distance…

Our fav haunt is Pissouri Bay Cafe Bar whose fresh Mediterranean menu includes imaginative salads, tasty pasta dishes and risottos, along with curries and a variety of burgers.

Also well worth a visit is Pizza Venetto serving home-made cheesy pizzas and great value family favourites.

When you fancy something a little more spicy, book a table at Saffron whose menu offers contemporary Indian cuisine, including authentic dishes, traditional curries and tandoor specialities.

West to Mandria

Close to Paphos airport, the compact centre of Mandria village has some interesting restaurants. We recommend booking at any of these options to ensure you have a table reserved…

Il Vesuvio is a good quality Italian trattoria and pizzeria where you will find plenty of choice on the menu and indulgent desserts.

Kentroikon seafood

Kentroikon has a unique offering with an extensive menu including Cypriot, Mediterranean and – surprise, surprise – Chinese dishes, meaning this restaurant could be the perfect answer to your dining dilemmas. And it’s not a case of jack of all trades, master of none… as you can see from their online reviews, satisfied customers confirm that all the cuisine options are good, making this restaurant well worth a visit.

No visit to the area is complete without dinner at Mandria Fish and Chips. Great service, generous portions, quality ingredients and always perfectly cooked. We love it!

Kalí órexi !

Brexit Need To Knows

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29 March Brexit

Like everyone else we had hoped that this would be finalised by now.

Rest assured you can still happily arrange a holiday to Cyprus whatever happens with Brexit in the coming weeks and months.

At the time of writing, (31 March), the long-awaited 29 March 2019 deadline has passed without agreement in the UK Parliament. The UK may be leaving with no-deal on 12 April, or there may be an extension for further negotiations to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Commission.

The following advice covers both scenarios…

Flights

Even if there is no-deal, the European Commission and UK government have each said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU.

The aviation regulator has confirmed that you will still be eligible to claim compensation under EU Regulation 261 for flight delays, as this is not restricted to EU citizens only.

Regarding holiday insurance, MoneySavingExpert has done some research with UK insurers to ask whether their policies would cover Brexit-related flight disruption.

Passports

Passport

You should check that your passport will have at least 6 months’ validity beyond your travel dates in case of a no-deal Brexit.

The EU will count your passport validity at 10 years from the date of issue. It’s important to know that, because if your passport had extra months added when it was issued (due to being renewed early), those additional months will not count.

Click for the latest advice from the UK Government.

European Health Insurance Card

EHIC

Although we take EHICs on our visits to Cyprus, it is much quicker and more convenient to use the local private medical facilities in Pissouri itself, rather than travelling to the state hospitals in Limassol or Paphos.

We strongly recommend taking out independent travel insurance at the time of booking. This should not only allow you to access the local private medical facilities, but also cover you for medical evacuation, cancellation, and lost luggage.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK-registered EHICs will no longer be valid.

Driving Licence

Driving licence

If there is no-deal, the UK Government will seek reciprocal arrangements for EU countries to recognise UK driving licences. In the meantime, UK licence holders will also need a 1949 International Driving Permit to drive in Cyprus.

You can get this over the counter from 2,500 UK post offices. The fee for a 12-month permit is £5.50. Your post office will need a 35 x 45 mm passport-style photo, and your UK photocard licence. If you still have the old paper licence, your passport will also be required. As each applicant signs their permit at the post office before it can be officially stamped, you have to apply in person.

How necessary having this remains to be seen… we were blissfully unaware of their existence until recently. We certainly never had one for visiting Cyprus prior to their entry into the EU in 2004.

Currency

Euros

There’s no way of knowing how the currency exchange rate will change.

If you are worried about this, Martin ‘MoneySavingExpert’ Lewis suggests hedging your bets by buying half your holiday currency now and half later.

Mobile Roaming

Since June 2017 we have benefited from ‘Roam Like Home’ across the EU.

Whether this will continue after a no-deal Brexit will depend on individual mobile providers. With the exception of Three (who already offered this prior to the EU ruling, and pledge to keep it), the big UK players only say that they have ‘no plans’ to reintroduce roaming charges.

In the event of no-deal the Government plans to legislate for a £45-a-month default charging cap.

Live Music For Summer Evenings in Pissouri

Waiting for the show at Pissouri amphitheatre

A visit to Pissouri amphitheatre for one of the summer ‘tribute act’ shows is one of our favs. There’s something magical and special about a live musical performance, and when it includes so many familiar numbers, you’re on to a winner.

Just off Pissouri Square, the magnificent modern amphitheatre was built as the village’s ‘millennium project’. With a sea-view backdrop from the tiered stone steps, shows begin in daylight and continue through sunset, finishing under floodlights. A great community get-together, the atmosphere is lively and relaxed – with chat, banter, singing and dancing. Everyone takes cushions to sit on (a must for comfort!), plus cool boxes with drinks and snacks.

Pissouri Tribute-Act Concerts: 2019

Wednesday 17 April | Meatloaf: Terry Nash | Vineleaf Tavern
Friday 17 May | T Rex: Rob Cairns | Vineleaf Tavern
Thursday 2 June | Phil Collins and Genesis Tribute | Platea Tavern
Tuesday 11 June | Re-Take That | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 15 June | Boyband Legends | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 22 June | Rod Stewart: Bob Wyper | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Friday 28 June | Queen: Regina | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 6 July | Two Sides of Phil Collins: Andrew Rafferty | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 13 July | Jersey Boys: Oh What a Night | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 20 July | Il Divo: The Four Stations | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 7 September | Barry Manilo: Paul Barrie | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Saturday 21 September | Simply Red: Fairground | Pissouri Amphitheatre

Promoters

By visiting the Cyprus tour promoters’ websites and Facebook pages, you can find further information on dates, venues, tickets, prices, etc. If there’s a concert you’d like to catch during your holiday, do book up early (you can do it online) to be sure of your tickets, as popular events can sell out.

Kendall Events

Morrelli Events

Other Ideas For Your Cyprus Holiday

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Lose Yourself in a Good Book

Roman steps - perfect reading spot

Is your precious annual holiday the chance to lose yourself in a good book?

If so, we have a small library with a selection of reading material to suit a variety of tastes including autobiographies, thrillers, detective novels, chick lit, light reads, local travel guides, and comedy books.

So whether you prefer to read lying down on one of our comfy loungers or stretched out in the villa hammock; or alternatively sitting up keeping an eye on proceedings from a balcony seat, or chilling half-in and half-out of the pool at the Roman steps; you should be able to find a comfortable spot to relax and immerse yourself in the book of your choice.

The-Sunrise-Victoria-Hislop
The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

As usual with Victoria, this is a meticulously researched novel woven around the human side of the tragic events of 1974. Set in Famagusta and Varosha which were favourite celebrity hangouts in their heyday (much like the South of France today). In those heady times the popular beach resort was regularly visited by all the glitterati of the time, including film stars such as Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Beginning prior to the invasion, when Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots lived happily side-by-side in mixed communities, despite some political tensions, it shows how dramatically lives were changed by the Turkish invasion of the island.

Guests will find hardback and paperback copies of Victoria’s excellent book in the villa library.

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Abandoned Cyprus Airways Trident at Nicosia Airport

Crossing the Green Line

Even today Cyprus remains a divided island, with a ‘buffer zone’ patrolled by the United Nations and the world’s only remaining divided city: Nicosia.

You can visit Northern Cyprus via the crossing point in the capital’s Ledra Street. Take passports and be careful not to take photographs near the border. We do not advise driving over as your rental insurance will not be valid.

Another option is to take an organised tour, such as The Original Red Bus Tour from the eastern resorts which offers a full day guided tour to the Venetian walled city of Famagusta and the ghost resort of Varosha. It’s shocking to stand on the beautiful beach and see the dilapidation of the once thriving high-rise hotels behind the barbed wire. If you’re happy to make an early start, you can drive to Protaras and pick up the bus there.

Gordon-Honeycombe-newscaster
The Edge of Heaven by Gordon Honeycombe

The well-known former ITN newscaster was a regular Pissouri visitor in the 1970s, choosing the area as the location for his fifth novel.

Those who remember him from his serious news days, may be surprised to find that parts of the novel are rather racy!

More about Gordon

Although out of print, we have managed to track down a paperback copy of Gordon’s book for the villa library. Please treat it gently.

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Plastic Bag Trees by Valerie Day

Valerie is an ex-pat who has settled in Pissouri. She has written a light-hearted anecdotal holiday read about her experiences along the way.

We missed our chance to get a print copy for the villa library, but it is currently available in eBook format.

Kindle download

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50 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day by Chris Alden

As a former Cyprus resident, with an insight into the culture through his Cypriot family, Chris’ travel guide offers a wealth of suggestions and tips.

Although we have a print copy in villa library, you may be interested in buying the eBook version for yourself as it includes regularly-updated web links.

eBook link

Magical Summer Concerts at Pissouri Amphitheatre

Pissouri amphitheatre tribute acts 2018

A visit to Pissouri amphitheatre for one of the summer ‘tribute act’ shows is one of our favs. There’s something magical and special about a live musical performance, and when it includes so many familiar tunes, you’re on to a winner.

Just off Pissouri Square, the magnificent modern amphitheatre was built as the village’s ‘millennium project’. With a sea-view backdrop from the tiered stone steps, shows begin in daylight and continue through sunset, finishing under floodlights. A great community get-together, the atmosphere is lively and relaxed – with chat, banter, singing and dancing. Everyone takes cushions to sit on (a must for comfort!), plus cool boxes with drinks and snacks.

Pissouri Tribute Act Concerts: 2018 Season

26 January | Phil Collins and The Songs of Genesis: Andrew James | Platea Tavern
Phil Collins 26 January 2018

Andrew James has been a performing since 1994, starting his tribute to Phil Collins at the end of 2006.

His repertoire includes:

In The Air Tonight | Don’t Lose My Number | Another Day In Paradise | I Can’t Dance! | Invisible Touch | Turn It On Again | Mama | Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel) | All I Need Is A Miracle (Mike And The Mechanics) | Dance Into The Light | Wear My Hat | Can’t Hurry Love | Two Hearts | Sussudio | Easy Lover | Against All Odds | Groovy Kind Of Love | Both Side Of The Story | Abacab | No Son Of Mine

“The best Phil Collins tribute I’ve ever seen. Vocals, image and mannerisms spot on!! Plus a high energy show guaranteed to get everyone singing along. Highly recommended!!”

Jax Walker on Facebook

24 February | Rod Stewart Tribute: Pete (Chick) Henstock | Platea Tavern
Rod Stewart

A Cyprus regular, Pete (nickname Chick) Henstock performs his singing tribute to Rod Stewart in venues around the area. His wife Angie will be performing later in the season with her Bootleg Blondie show.

From Rod’s extensive catalogue of hits:

I Don’t Want To Talk About It | Maggie May | Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? | The First Cut Is The Deepest | Hot Legs | Some Guys Have All The Luck | You’re In My Heart | Tonight’s The Night | Have I Told You Lately? | Sailing | This Old Heart Of Mine | Handbags And Gladrags | You Wear It Well

9 – 14 March | 70s Glam Rock Tribute Show: Rob Cairns | Cyprus Tour
70s Glam Rock

After winning stars in their eyes as Marc Bolan, Rob Cairns has been fine-tuning this unique show over the last 10 years.

Highlights:

T Rex: I Love To Boogie | Get It On | Ride A White Swan | Metal Guru

David Bowie: The Jean Genie | Life On Mars | Heroes | Let’s Dance | Ziggy Stardust | All the Young Dudes

Cockney Rebel: Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) 

Sweet: Ballroom Blitz | Wig Wam Bam | Blockbuster

Rod Stewart: Maggie May | The First Cut | Stay With Me

Roxy Music: Virginia Plain | Love Is The Drug

10 March | Neil Diamond Tribute: Johnny Dee | Platea Tavern
Neil Diamond 10 March 2018

Johnny Dee can be heard on Radio Cambridgeshire most days, and will be touring Cyprus with his Neil Diamond Tribute Evening in March.

Listen out for:

Sweet Caroline | Cracklin’ Rosie | Song Sung Blue | Love On The Rocks | Forever In Blue Jeans | Beautiful Noise | If You Go Away | America | Cherry Cherry

31 March | Whitney Houston: Micki | Platea Tavern
Whitney Houston 31 March 2018

Micki as Whitney‘s tribute to the Queen of the night features Whitney’s classic hits:

I Wanna Dance With Somebody | How Will I know | Run To You | The Greatest Love Of All – and of course the timeless smash hit – I Will Always Love You.

15 April | The Johnny Cash Show: Stu Edwards | Platea Tavern
Johnny Cash 15 April 2018

Stu Edwards‘ set typically includes these hits of the man in black:

Cry Cry Cry | Help Me Make it Through The Night | Ring Of Fire | Tennessee Flat Top Box | Boy Named Sue | Orange Blossom Special | Cocaine Blues | Jackson | I Walk The Line | Ghost Riders in The Sky

Feel free to click for a pre-show listen on his website.

21 April | Barry White: A-Kay | Platea Tavern
Barry White 21 April 2018

Re-live some of the greatest and memorable songs from A-Kay as Dr Love:

Never Going To Give You Up | You See The Trouble With Me | My First, My Last, My Everything | Let The Music Play | In Ecstasy | When You Lay Next To Me | Practise What You Preach | I’ll Do Anything You Want Me To | Just The Way You Are | Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love

10 May | Little Eagles | Skyy Bar, Episkopi
Little Eagles 10-15 May 2018

With their show Eagles Songbook, the duo Little Eagle perform these classic hits:

Lyin’ Eyes | Best Of My Love | Take It Easy | Life In The Fast Lane | Get Over It | How Long | Hotel California

“What a concert tonight. Little Eagle were superb at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Not just a concert and tribute to one of the greatest bands ever… but a fabulous show from start to the final finish – after 4 well deserved encores. Great music, harmonies, guitar playing and such a rapport with our capacity audience.”

Andy Heafield: Melbourne Assembly Rooms

9 June | George Michael Tribute: Andrew Browning | Pissouri Amphitheatre
George-Michael 9 June 2018

Andrew Browning presents a faithful and accurate recreation of the magic of George Michael. A winning finalist in ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, Andrew’s performance contains all the hits from his early days in Wham through to his hugely popular solo career. He has appeared on numerous television programmes with his tribute, having been invited personally to appear in the official music video “As” alongside both George Michael and Mary J. Blige.

So many classics for Andrew to choose:

Wake Me Up | Careless Whisper | Last Christmas | Freedom | Jesus To A Child | Faith | Praying For Time | Amazing | I Knew You Were Waiting | Outside | Don’t Let The Sun Go Down | Fastlove | They Won’t Go When I Go | A Different Corner

13 – 20 June | The Brit Invasion Band: 60s Music | Cyprus Tour
The Brit Invasion Band 13-20 June 2018

The Brit Invasion are a professional five piece band showcasing a wide repertoire of classic British Mod/Pop/Rock music from the 1960s to present day.

“A journey through time of British music”.

Playlist favs:

Tainted Love | Lazy Sunday | Gimme Some Lovin’ | Town Called Malice | Itchycoo Park | Stay With Me | Hi Ho Silver Lining

“Absolutely fantastic band – such a great choice of songs in the set list plus you can really see they have a passion for the music and are having fun. Definitely recommend.”

Amy Barrett on Facebook

23 June | Simon and Garfunkel Tribute: Mike and Danny | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Simon-Garfunkel 23 June 2018

Mike and Danny magically capture the vocal harmonies and legendary guitar melodies that are so unique to Simon & Garfunkel.

Memorable songs:

The Sound of Silence | Bridge Over Troubled Water | Mrs Robinson | Homeward Bound | The Boxer | Cecilia | Bookends | Scarborough Fair

30 June | Bob Marley: The Reggae Matic Band | Pissouri Amphitheatre
The Reggaematik Band - Pissouri 30 June 2018

Reggae Matic was formed a year ago by keyboard player Kamar Bromfield. An experienced reggae and soul musician, he has worked with Dawn Penn, Aswad and the late Gregory Isaac.

Typical set list:

No Woman No Cry | One Love | Get Up, Stand Up | Sun Is Shining | Buffalo Soldier | 3 Little Birds | I Shot the Sheriff | Jamming | Red Red Wine | Can’t Help Falling in Love | Could You Be Loved

10 July – The Police Academy – Pissouri Amphitheatre
The Police Academy 10 July 2018

The Police Academy recreate and reproduce a high energy Police experience that allows audiences to enjoy and immerse themselves in some of the best known songs ever written.

“All killer, no filler” set highlights:

Roxanne | Message In A Bottle | Every Breath You Take | King Of Pain | Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic | Walking On The Moon | De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da | King of Pain | The Bed’s Too Big Without You

“Saw you yesterday at Cobo. Brilliant. Loved it.”

Paula Fleming on Facebook 

12 – 22 July | Jersey Boys: Big Guys Don’t Cry | Cyprus Tour
Big Guys Dont Cry

Big Guys Don’t Cry will be back with Jersey Boys based on the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Hits include:

Who Loves You | Walk Like a Man | Oh What a Night | Big Girls Don’t Cry | Let’s Hang On

You guys were brilliant. Thank you for a lovely evening!”

Fiona Moore on Facebook (posting about the 2017 Pissouri show)

20 July | The Story Of The Beach Boys: Beach Boyz | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Beach-Boys-Good-Vibrations 20 July

In The Story Of The Beach Boys lead vocalist Tommy Read will lead you through the history of America’s biggest pop band The Beach Boys. Learn how the group began, how their songs were constructed and about the private lives of boys themselves interspersed with hit after hit.

During the party, tribute act Beach Boyz will perform hits like:

Good Vibrations | I Get Around | God Only Knows | California Girls | Kokomo | Surfin’ USA | Then I Kissed Her | Fun Fun Fun | Don’t Worry Baby | Sloop John B | Wouldn’t It Be Nice

“WOW just WOW these guys are as close to the real thing as you will ever hear, top musicians and the harmonies and falsetto by the lead singer is on point.”

Warren Luis on Facebook

31 Aug | Dire Straits Tribute: Money For Nothing | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Dire-Straits 31 August 2018

Money for Nothing was formed in 2000 as a tribute to Dire Straits. Fronting the band is the brilliant guitarist and Mark Knopfler sound-alike Aled Williams.

Memorable numbers include:

Sultans Of Swing | Brothers In Arms | Walk Of Life | Money For Nothing | Romeo And Juliet | Private Investigations | So Far Away

“Make no mistake, they are good, very good”

The Observer

13 – 18 September | Bootleg Blondie | Cyprus Tour
Blondie Sept 2018

Married to Pete (Chick) Henstock whose Rod Stewart gig is listed above, Angie Henstock performs her own occasional set as Bootleg Blondie.

Expect renditions of:

Heart Of Glass | Call Me | Rapture | One Way Or Another | Atomic | Hangin’ On The Telephone | Sunday Girl | Picture This | Denis | Union City Blue

28 Sept | Complete Madness | Pissouri Amphitheatre
Complete-Madness 29 Sept 2018

Complete Madness are now in their 25th year. A quick look at their website shows a pretty full programme of gigs for the next two years. And their Facebook page has plenty of testimonials from happy followers, some who have seen them several times over.

The big favs:

Our House | It Must Be Love | Baggy Trousers | House Of Fun | My Girl | Night Boat To Cairo | One Step Beyond |Driving In My Car | Embarrasment | Cardiac Arrest

“Can’t wait for more of this great group next year.”

Debbie Turner on Facebook

? September | Boy Band Legends | Cyprus Tour
Boy Band Legends
? | AC DC Tribute: Thunderstruck | Cyprus Tour
AC DC
? | Diana Ross and the Supremes Tribute | ?

I will update missing dates, show details, pictures and venues when the promoters announce them.

Promoters

By visiting the Cyprus tour promoters’ websites and Facebook pages, you can find further information on dates, venues, tickets, prices, etc. If there’s a concert you’d like to catch during your holiday, do book up early (you can do it online) to be sure of your tickets, as popular events can sell out.

Kendall Events 2018

Kendall Events

Morrelli Events

 


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Refreshing Changes in Pissouri

Pissouri Council works 2017

With new faces at Pissouri Council, there have been a multitude of impressive changes in 2017…

Yes, Cyprus Night is Back!

Chief among these is the long-awaited return of the fantastic community Cyprus Night to the village square on 28 July after an absence of 6 years.

While Kritos and Haris have done an excellent job of keeping indoor versions of the event going in their restaurants, when it takes over the whole square, having so many more visitors and locals involved gives a very different vibe. We are optimistic that the new dynamic village council will find a way to overcome administrative difficulties over the licence next season to enable it to return for longer. It used to run from May to October – which would be just perfect.

What is it?

Attracting residents and visitors from far and wide, it’s a lively and friendly community celebration including energetic traditional dancing in national costume, accompanied by the bouzouki. An English commentary explains the dances, with the evening’s highlight being a spectacular glass-balancing display.

To be at the heart of the action, book a table at Platea or O’Vrakas in Pissouri Square for their Friday meze. If you are more of a people-watcher, then dine at one of the other myriad of eateries around the village and follow the music to the square afterwards.

Pissouri in Bloom Competition

The Bunch of Grapes

We’ve always loved their shady courtyard garden (and of course their delicious fare)!

Another great new idea for encouraging local businesses to make their contribution to the village scene. And congratulations to the deserving winner… The Bunch of Grapes.

Seafront Enhancements

If you’ve only ever seen Pissouri Bay in summer, you may be surprised to learn that during winter storms the sea comes right up the beach. And the power of the waves is immense… they are strong enough to carry away the beach umbrella poles (which, by the way, are substantial structures made from scaffold poles embedded in concrete). So most years the beach changing rooms, concrete path and boat ramp take a battering and need some sort of repair.

In addition to these annual works, this year Pissouri Council have opted to plant new palm trees along the seafront near Agamemnon Beach Café. A good idea for not only improving the view, but adding some natural shade.

Marina aka Fishing Shelter?

Once again there’s speculation about a marina in the bay… this time at the Monte Beach end, rather than Black Rock as proposed previously. Whether this is pure fantasy, or realistic prospect remains to be seen. There’s certainly more ready-made infrastructure at the Columbia Resort end of the beach, and we’re relieved not to be having an access road through Vineland.

Petros - Greek theatre at amphitheatre
Petros - boxing night
Pissouri Amphitheatre

This magnificent millennium project has been opened up to a wider range of entertainments in addition to the popular and excellent tribute band evenings and displays of traditional dance.

This year it was the venue for a Boxing Night and a Greek Drama production.

Behind The Scenes

Less exciting, but nonetheless welcome are works such as new safety rails and drains on Apostolou Andrea and resurfacing on twisty Kiladon Street between the bay and village.

And we look forward to the water supply improvements which we hear are ‘in the pipeline‘!

A big thanks to all at Pissouri Council.

Village enhancement photos by Petros Foutas.

Hoping to See Turtles?

Turtle viewing through the portholes on Atlantis

George’s Turtle-Watching Cruise on Atlantis

Leaving in late afternoon from the second jetty at Paphos harbour, this delightful excursion is one of our all-time favs. Since learning about the trip from guests (thanks Natalie!) and having enjoyed it ourselves, we think it the most magical experience…

Atlantis turtle watching cruise

Atlantis has an underwater viewing platform with stools and portholes. Running these daily trips, George has a fantastic insider’s knowledge of the flora and fauna of the coral reefs off Paphos. He takes you out a short distance off-shore to an area of sea grass favoured by turtles. The surprise for me was the size of the larger ones… fully grown they approach a metre in length, although the younger ones are considerably smaller.

There are no guarantees, of course, but if you follow George’s Atlantis Facebook page, you will discover that you would be extremely unlucky not to see any. And there are plenty of other sights to savour – enormous stingrays, an amazing variety of colourful fish, beautiful coral reefs and encrusted shipwrecks.

On the way home, George drops anchor to allow you to enjoy a refreshing sunset swim off the boat. (Book on +357 9666 1737 or via Facebook message).

Lara Bay Turtles

Off the beaten track in the protected Akamas Nature Reserve, Lara Bay has the island’s main turtle beach; home to both loggerhead and green turtle nests. If you visit this unspoilt long stretch of golden sandy beach in summer, you will see hundreds of cages protecting nests from predators. Sun loungers and parasols are not allowed on the beach, lest they damage hidden nests.

There is a Turtle Rescue Centre, but be aware this is primarily for conservation, rather than visitors. The two huts on the beach contain interesting information boards about the turtles, and rescue tanks… Sometimes there are baby hatchlings being nurtured to strength in the tanks, but equally there are also times when they are empty. While this is a positive thing – meaning there are currently no baby turtles in need of support, it can be disappointing for visitors, especially children.

Protective cages over nests on Lara turtle beach

The easiest way to get there is to book a jeep safari or hire a 4×4 or quad bike to reach the beach, as it’s approached via a rutted and rocky unmade road. If you’re visiting in a normal hire car, you can park in the car park 200 metres beyond the end of the tarmac road, and continue on foot. The Turtle Rescue Centre is a mile further north, so make sure you’re prepared with good footwear, hat, water and sunscreen. To find it, continue beyond Lara Café, and when you see a sign pointing right to Ineia, take the track opposite onto the beach.

Pissouri Beach

Every summer mature female turtles that hatched here many years previously return to Pissouri beach to nest. Members of Pissouri Turtlewatch patrol the beach in the early mornings looking for tell-tale tracks, so that they can place protective cages over the nests to keep them safe. Once a nest has been established, the countdown to the exciting hatching begins.

Baby turtle hatchlings day and night

The next task for the dedicated volunteers is an overnight vigil (as nests can hatch out any time from dusk till dawn). If mother nature has arranged everything right, this will be on the night of a full moon to help them navigate towards the moonlit water.

Failing that Pissouri Turtlewatch use special red-filtered torches which provide a safe soft light to guide the hatchlings seawards. At this stage every effort is made to avoid picking up or even touching the tiny babies, as this can interfere with the development of their strength and navigational imprinting.

Red torch guiding hatchlings to the sea
Pissouri Turtlewatch vigil

How You Can Help

Turtles are endangered and protected by law, with the odds of surviving to adulthood staggeringly low.

Occasionally things go wrong, leaving the mother turtle or the hatchlings stranded on the beach in daylight when they are obviously at their most vulnerable. In that event, or if you find an injured, distressed or dead turtle, support is available from: Pissouri Turtlewatch (Jimmy +357 9946 2308), or Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre& (+357 2582 6562), or The Oceanic Institute of the University of Cyprus (24/7 helpline +357 9695 2929).

In the meantime, the expert advice is to keep well back, stay quiet, and try to leave them alone, only interfering as a last resort. Removing large pebbles and creating an obstacle-free path directly to the sea can be helpful for the tiny hatchlings. During daylight there is no problem with taking photos and videos, as long as you ensure the flash is turned off.

Tiny Loggerhead Turtle Hatchlings On Pissouri Beach

Many thanks to Chris Price and Claudine Snell of Pissouri Turtlewatch for permission to use their lovely photos.

A previous version of this article was originally posted on our old website blog by Nikki 13/7/2017

September Events at Pissouri Amphitheatre

Take That tribute 22 Sept

We LOVE the summer open-air tribute act shows at Pissouri’s magnificent modern amphitheatre – you are guaranteed a great atmosphere, lively event and memorable holiday treat. The Rod Stewart and Take That tributes are back by popular demand; the UB40 tribute show is touring Cyprus for the first time.

Rod Stewart tribute 8 Sept
UB40 tribute 16 Sept

Friday 8 September | Bob Wyper as Rod Stewart | KendallEvents.com | €14

Saturday 16 September | UB40 and Ska tribute | MorrelliEvents.com | €20

Friday 22 September | Re-Take That | KendallEvents.com | €17

Remember to chill the ice packs, pop some drinks and snacks into the cool box, and take some outdoor cushions to add to your enjoyment of the evening.

Turtle Nesting Tales From Pissouri Beach

Turtle nesting on Pissouri beach

There’s something magical about lying in bed listening to the sea

And don’t we all love the simple pleasures of spending time at the beach – watching the waves breaking, skimming stones, paddling at the water’s edge, studying pebbles and touching wave-smoothed glass.

If you’re lucky enough to visit at different times of the year, you can witness the changes of the seasons. Summer visitors watching the benign waves lapping would never imagine the drama and terrifying power of the crashing winter storms where the water can come right up to the path. In recent winters enormous chunks of concrete have been taken by huge breakers undermining the Columbia footpath and disintegrating the slipway.

Then suddenly last spring tonnes of sand arrived courtesy of that season’s more moderate waves, covering the pebbles and clothing the beach in another guise.

The quiet end of Pissouri beach

For me the most exciting thing about Pissouri beach, though, is the fact that it’s a turtle beach

Every year it plays host to endangered nesting Loggerhead sea turtles… with mature females returning via some amazing navigational sense to dig their nests on the same beach where they themselves hatched.

Until this season I had no idea how much of a labour this is. One of a dedicated band of volunteers from Pissouri Turtlewatch, Cindy Murrin-Garcia has been documenting events via social media. Her dawn beach patrols have followed and filmed quite a few turtle tracks up from the shoreline, showing that females habitually make repeated forays throughout the night before selecting a nesting site.

After establishing a successful lay, Pissouri Turtlewatch protect the site from predators with a cage and cordon. At this point the clock starts ticking. 45-51 days later the hatchlings will emerge – normally at night and in groups over a period of a few days.

Drawn to the sea by the reflections of the moon on the water, it is important not to confuse them with any other lights. Red torches are used by the trained volunteers on their overnight vigils, because turtles cannot see red light. Efforts are made to avoiding touching the tiny creatures during shepherding, as the purpose of this vulnerable trek across the beach is twofold; it has a part to play in the imprinting that enables females to return to this site at maturity, and it is nature’s way of building strength for survival in the water.

Turtle hatchlings emerging from eggs

On rare occasions turtle events happen during daylight hours. Yesterday Cindy found a female turtle on the beach during her early morning patrol, allowing her to take these wonderful photos. And later in the day Pissouri Turtlewatch excavated a hatched nest to help the last few stragglers on their way.

Ungainly on land, once in their element, the tiny hatchlings make rapid progress away from the shore. A study involving gluing tiny satellite transmitters to baby Loggerheads found that in their first few hours they ‘sprint and ride’ the waves at an impressive 60 metres a minute in their efforts to escape coastal predators.

Surviving to adulthood is precarious: it is estimated that as few as one in a thousand make it. Those that do have a life expectancy of between 45 and 65 years.

Although turtles can regularly be seen swimming in the bay, our favourite way of turtle spotting is to take a two-hour sunset cruise from Paphos harbour with George on his vessel Atlantis. Equipped with a series of underwater portholes, this is a great way of getting up close to turtles, stingrays and the most amazing fish.

More details: Our Top 10 List

Mother turtle photos by Cindy Murrin-Garcia of Pissouri Turtlewatch

This article was originally posted on our old website blog by Nikki 25/7/2016

Fun at Chris Watersports, Pissouri Bay

Airhead - Chris Watersports new inflatable tow ride
Chris, Mo and Jeff at Chris Watersports Pissouri Bay

For anyone visiting our local beach at Pissouri Bay, we thoroughly recommend you pay a visit to our friends Jeff and Mo at Chris Watersports. You’re sure of a warm welcome and professional service.

Chilling And Relaxing

There’s sunbed and parasol hire. And now you can have free WiFi – if you can tear yourself away from watching the world go by. With showers and changing rooms immediately behind their ‘hut’, you’re in the perfect beach location. Plus Philippos’ ice cream van is handily right next door!

Pootling Around The Bay

Rent a kayak and check out the crystal clear waters for sightings of turtles.

High Octane Thrills On The Water

This video showcases Chris Watersports brilliantly.

You can hire unrestricted 250 and 155 bhp jet skis, or should I say jet bikes – as they have seats? If you’d like to try a new skill or practise an old one, you can book waterskiing, kneeboard or wakeboard lessons. But our fav is a ride on one of their towed inflatables which range from sofas to bananas – brilliant fun! And now they have another new one – Airhead – can’t wait to try it.

Flyboard

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, and confident that you have a good sense of balance, you can even book a flyboard lesson. This is an amazing piece of kit rather like a water-based hover board. It works by sending a powerful water jet through a large hose – sending you soaring 30 feet above the azure waters.

More details: Chris Watersports on Facebook