The village of Peyia (or Pegeia) started life as a typical, small Cypriot village of stone - built houses with narrow streets built around a church nestling on a hillside overlooking the sea. It is 3km inland from a beautiful, naturally sandy beach at Coral Bay and 15km north-west of Paphos (or Pafos).
Amenities - Peyia offers visitors a good selection of amenities including banks, doctors, two supermarkets, bakery, butchers, fishmongers, DVD shop and launderette.
Bars - Within strolling distance of the apartment, there is the Jail pub which retains its stone built feel, The Grande with good value beers / wines and food and also the The Mill wine bar.
Restaurants – The village offers a good selection of popular restaurants and traditional tavernas where you can try the local fish or meat meze. You can choose from The Peyia Tavern or try Vrissi Tavern, another larger more traditional taverna where good local food is served in a friendly atmosphere. Just off the main street is Sophie’s restaurant with theme nights and delicious food.
Further options are available in the neighbouring village of Kathikas which is noted for its wines and good restaurants.
Takeaway - If you decide to eat in, you can choose to have a kebab from Fitos, or a pizza from the takeaway (next to The Mill) or check out the menu from La Frescoe, the deli across the road. La Frescoe boasts a menu which includes chicken curry, moussaka, salad, pasta and a choice of sweets.
Coffee / Snacks - Another alternative is a coffee and snack at The Mediterranean Café, on the corner near the fresh fish shop.
Coral Bay Area
Coral Bay and Corallia beach are 'Blue Flag' beaches and the best in Paphos District. The famous sandy beaches at Coral Bay are just a few minutes drive away and can be seen from Peyia. Coral Bay offers visitors an alternative selection of shops and restaurants with everything from Italian, Chinese, Cypriot and Indian cuisine. The numerous hotels, bars and restaurants contribute to a nightlife scene that is lively but safe for families
Cultural cravings should be satisfied by the two ruined Christian basilicas found on the outskirts of Peyia village (the 'best bit' is the mosaic covering the floor), while further evidence of Peyia's historic importance comes in the shape of Roman tombs carved into the cliffs above the sea. Paphos is a World Heritage Centre which includes an archaeological museum, the Byzantine castle of Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings museum, St. Paulas Pillar and the Temple of Aphrodite and an ancient Roman amphitheatre. The ruins at Agios Georgios and several large amphitheatres are all worth a visit.
Activities Walking / Biking - The countryside north and west of Peyia is largely undeveloped, with numerous walking trails and the chance of sighting rare birds and plants. A short drive from the village leads you to the Akamas National Park where dirt tracks lead you to Lara beach, a turtle conservation area and gives the opportunity to explore the untouched landscape. If you are a keen walker, climber or mountain biker you can enjoy guided tours and hire mountain bikes to venture into the Troodos Mountain area.
Skiing - Snow falls on the Troodos Mountains from mid December to the end of March at an alltitude of 4500ft. The snow accumilates especially on the north slopes. This allows you to bask in temperatures of 70 degrees in the morning and ski on the slopes in the afternoon.
Golf - There are two excellent golf courses within half an hour, the most famous of which is Aphrodite Hills a five star gold resort which hosts many golf tournaments supported by celebrities. The club is close to Paphos is described as an "Award Winning 18 Hole Championship Course and Academy".
Close by is Secret Valley Golf Course. Secret Valley Golf Club located 18km east of Paphos in the area of Petra Tou Romiou and claims to be the most prestigious.
Both courses are open to the public.
For Families - Activities include the Paphos Water Park, aquarium, bird and reptile park, donkey sanctuary, ten pin bowling, diving, water sports, boat trips, snorkeling trips, jeep safaris, children and adults go-carting tracks, mountain biking, horse riding.
Shopping - Paphos offers shopping in the tourist beach promenade and the old town area of Kato Paphos has a wonderful old covered market area to browse around.