Peyia and Coral Bay Cyprus
Peyia is the location where Savvas Grill restaurant is, and we thought you would like to know a little bit more about our village and the surrounding areas.
peyia, Where is it?
Peyia is a lovely picturesque village about 14 kilometres outside of Paphos along the coast, with an elevation of approximately 200 metres and is located near the Coral Bay area and the Akamas Peninsula. Peyia is the second largest municipality in the Paphos district with over 4,000 residents and due to its natural geography, it offers stunning views of both the sea and the mountains and this makes it a hub for both locals and tourists alike. Being at the edge of the Akamas Natural Wildlife Peninsula, this not only gives you access to the wonderful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but also the stunning wildlife of the peninsula.
The Municipality of Peyia is headed by the new Mayor, Mr. Marinos Lambrou, who is a brilliant young man with love and vision for the village. The offices are located right in the middle of the village and residents are always welcome to get help with any problems they may have.
Tying The Knot
Did you know that you can get married in Peyia? One of the most important and popular services provided by the Municipality are Civil Weddings. Can you blame people for wanting to exchange their vows in such a beautiful sun-drenched location? The village caters for all sizes of weddings – from a small family gathering in a village tavern to beachfront wedding, outlined by the setting sun and catering at one of the luxurious hotels with the sounds of Greek music late into the night – it has it all.
The main church of Peyia is dedicated to the Inauguration of the Theotokos and was built in 1883 out of rough stone. It is located very close to the village square and celebrates its Saints day on November 21 – a fun celebration for all.
The square is situated between the Fountain of Peyia and the Town Hall. Around the square there are traditional taverns, cafés and restaurants along with the municipal amphitheatre. The Municipality regularly organises religious and cultural events in the square with the legendary Cypriot hospitality and that means that everyone is welcome.
The Fountain of the Women of Peyia
The fountain is a landmark and important reference point of Peyia. Built in 1907, it is one of the oldest on the island and its operation was very important because until 1956, it was the main source of drinking water for the village of Peyia and the surrounding areas of Saint George and Coral Bay, especially during the summer months when water was scarce because of the droughts. The fountain has been a reference point of the village for generations having had songs inspired by it, a place for lovers to meet and was the deepest well In Paphos and indeed the whole of Cyprus.
The “Pikni” or Dust Forest
The forest is located just five minutes north of the village centre. In the forest there is a specially designed picnic area and European Nature Trail (E4) with plants, flowers, herbs and tress to make your walk memorable.
Facilities of the Village
Peyia has all the facilities you require – some of which are the Municipality, a Police station, medical and dental facilities, supermarkets, bakeries, shops, sports ground, gym, hotels, apartments and villas, restaurants, taverns, bars and veterinary services.
The Surrounding Area
If you can tear yourself away from the village itself, the Municipality of Peyia also boasts some of the most wonderful attractions of Cyprus. When you are done with seeing the sights and sounds of the surrounding areas, then we look forward to welcoming you back to Savvas Grill to hear all your stories.
Some of the places to visit in the municipality are:
Coral Bay Strip
Coral Bay, known to the Cypriots as “Maa” is within the Peyia Municipality and is a very popular tourist area of Paphos and also Cyprus. Coral Bay restaurants offer food for all tastes. Greek taverns, international, Italian, Indian, Chinese... The area boasts many hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars, water sport facilities and much more to see and do, combining good food with the tranquility of the sea, fun and nightlife.
Coral Bay Beach
Coral Bay Beach is a 500 metre long beautiful sandy beach that is easy to get to by car, bus, bicycle and even walking. It is a Blue Flag awarded beach that offers all the facilities you would expect with such an award – showers, umbrellas, sunbeds, water sports food and drink. From April 15 until the end of October there are also lifeguards on duty and first aid facilities nearby.
The archaeological site of Maa-Palaiokastro is situated on the coast near Coral Bay Beach. Following initial excavations in 1952 by Porphyrios Dikaios, more systematic excavations were carried out between 1979 to 1985 by the Department of Antiquities. The site is the settlement of Aegean refugees in Cyprus and dates back over 3,200 years – well worth a visit!
Saint George (Agios Georgios)
This area took its name from the holy church of Saint George that is built out of stone in the Byzantine style and is one of the most important pilgrimages for Orthodox Christians on the island. High on the cliff, the location of the church gives it a breath-taking view of the sea and allows you to watch some of the most stunning and spectacular sunsets on the island. Nature and this location richly reward the visitor to this part of Peyia where they can swim in and around the picturesque fishing port or relax and enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants there.
The Avacas Gorge
Located in the Akamas Peninsula and within the state forest of Peyia you will find one of the most remarkable natural formations on the island – the Avacas Gorge that follows the path of the River Avga. You can walk through the gorge and it is a paradise for hikers with its spectacular views, dense vegetation and a singular opportunity to see the flora and fauna of the area.
The Bird & Animal Park
The Bird & Animal Park of Peyia is on the way to Saint George and covers an area of 100,000 square metres that hosts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. There is a wonderful Bird Show at the parks’ amphitheatre that’s fun for both young and old. Within the park there are also walkways, artificial lakes, playgrounds a café and restaurant.