Pissouri holidays are ace for beach fans and history buffs. The town's right by a Blue Flag strip of sand and shingle, between the time-stamped towns of Paphos and Limassol.

A Blue Flag waterfront

No chilled-out holiday to Cyprus is complete without a picture-perfect beach for you to leave footprints on. And the village of Pissouri has a real good’un up its sleeve. Pissouri Beach lines up over a kilometre of sand and pebbles, which has bagged Blue Flag status. What’s more, in between tanning sessions, you can fill your days with kayaking and scuba diving – they’re on the menu at the nearby watersports centre.

Plenty of grub

The area around Pissouri’s packed with vegetable farms and vineyards, so fresh-as-it-gets grub is a given. Sizzling souvlaki skewers, bubbling vegetable stews and wine lists that ticks off locally grown reds, whites and rosés are all commonplace here. Pissouri first found its feet as a fishing village, too, so the seafood’s well worth a try.

Legendary location

You’ll find Pissouri on Cyprus’ south coast, with Paphos to the west and Limassol to the east. You can reach either in a 35-minute drive, meaning you’ve got shedloads of shops, restaurants and ancient landmarks to get your mitts on. If that’s not enough, the iconic Aphrodite’s Rock is 15 minutes away by car. You can snap a selfie near the spot where Greek Goddess Aphrodite was supposedly born, before kicking back on the sand-and-pebble beach here.

At a Glance

  • Chow down on a serving of meaty skewers in a cosy taverna
  • Dip your digits in the water where a Greek goddess was supposedly born
  • Potter around Limassol’s ancient Roman ruins