Our Lovely New Pool and Garden

New pool

This year’s big changes have been a great team effort…

The Pergola

New pergola at night BBQ table and pool

Firstly huge thanks to the multi-talented Rhys and Dave who custom-made and installed this fantastic new pergola. Quite a challenge, due to the dimensions, but – we think – the perfect size for the outdoor dining area.

And the finishing touch is a neat dual-purpose canopy from Victoria Tents. Giving shade from the year-round Cyprus sun, along with waterproof protection from the off-season rain, this will make the patio a much more versatile space.

The Pool

New pool steps

The biggest change, though, is with the pool… It all started with the idea of replacing the liner and adding a border of ceramic mosaic tiles to help keep the waterline in tip-top condition. After meeting the wonderful Yiangos, and seeing his examples of his work, the job grew quite a lot bigger!

The pool depths have been altered… with the deeper end reduced, and the shallower depth slightly increased. The idea is that now at 1.5 metres adults can stand up in the deeper end, making it better for games like water polo, but keeping the shallower end for children. Also with a 1 metre depth, you can swim all the way to the Roman steps – no longer bumping into the bottom.

New pool steps close up
Colin the chlorine dispenser
Meet Colin – floating around, topping-up the chlorine. 😎

The simple new pool edging is granite. On the surrounding terrace, the previous patterned concrete has been replaced with anti-slip tiles recommended for swimming pools. The old earthquake cracks are a thing of the past, and everything looks fresh and neat. New post lights finish the updating. We are delighted with the finished result – hope our guests feel the same.

(We also took the opportunity to renew the pipework and install new equipment to make the pool run more effectively, bringing it above ground in the process.)

Yiangos has stressed that to preserve the new pipework, we should use a floating dispenser to keep the chemical levels correct – hence our new friend Colin the chlorine dispenser.

The Garden

In preparing for the pool works and pergola, elements of the garden had to be considerably reduced. Some shrubs we had fondly watched maturing over many years were removed and the fragrant stephanotis on the old pergola cut back. Although initially a bit of a shock, we soon got used to the new look, and came to like it at least as much, if not more than the old one. Without plants encroaching on the path, it’s easier to walk round the pool and there is more room for sun loungers. That, the tiling, and the new gravel make the garden look bigger. It feels like we’ve had a massive declutter!

Pissouri Cyprus Night Returns

Pissouri Cyprus Night 2022
Cyprus Night in Pissouri Square

At long last, a favourite of holiday visitors and local residents, one of our Cyprus Top Ten list, is returning to the heart of the village. Organised by O’Vrakas and Symposio restaurants in Pissouri Square, the much-missed evening of dinner accompanied by a family-friendly show of traditional music and dancing, plus spectacular glass-balancing feats is back for the peak 2022 season.

More village highlights, while you are visiting Pissouri – a typical Cypriot village.

For extra activities that we are happy to personally recommend, see Our Top Ten List.

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.

Moon’s Vietnamese Kitchen – Vineleaf, Pissouri, 24 Aug

Quotes from the B family

Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine ‘under the vines’, as recommended by the B family.

Tickets €17
Be quick – booking needed on 25221053 | moonsvietkitchen@gmail.com

Or if that date doesn’t suit, you can order a tailored ‘by the pool buffet’ from Moon delivered directly to the villa.

More info: http://www.moonsvietnamesekitchen.com

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