Visiting Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

 

The area of Tylliria consists of four villages, Kato Pyrgos, Pano Pyrgos, Pigenia, and Mosfili. Tylliria is an isolated area because of the steep, forested mountains that surround it. At the same time, these very mountains, and the wonderful seashore, give the area its charm and uniqueness.

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias general viewKato Pyrgos, the biggest and main village in the area, owes its popularity to the relaxed environment, the nice beaches, and its unique landscape and nature.

The little town of Kato Pyrgos is the economic and administrative center of the area. It has a population of about one thousand five hundred people. The other three small villages account for a total of a few tens of people.

The location of Tylliria area is on the north shore of Cyprus. One can say that it resembles a peninsula in between the Bay of Morphou to the east, and the small town of Polis Chrysochous and the Bay of Chrysochous to the west.

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias location: the place where Kato Pyrgos, the main village of Tylliria area is located, forms a small valley as the mountains here do not start very close to the seashore. While Kato Pyrgos lies just next to the sea, the other three small villages are perched on the surrounding mountains.

Tylliria is a unique area because of its terrain. Unlike almost all the rest of Cyprus, there are steep mountains that in some cases look as if they come straight out of the sea. This area is at the edge of Troodos Mountains and Paphos forest, and the mountains here are also covered in dense pine forest. Among the wildlife one can see here, are agrina, the native wild sheep of Cyprus.

Visiting the area is a bit like a small adventure. The road connecting Tylliria with Paphos is in good condition but from the village of Pachyammos until Kato Pyrgos is very curvy, with continuous ups and downs. This happens because the road has to follow the mountainous terrain of the area.

 

Things to do in Kato Pyrgos

Visiting the attractions of the area, enjoying swimming and nature, and eating out are among what to do in Kato Pyrgos. There are even opportunities for excursions from Pyrgos. Read our dedicated article and discover what to do and see in Kato Pyrgos.

 

Kato Pyrgos nightlife

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias Coffee at the Fishing PortThe nightlife is limited, but there are restaurants, taverns, and fish taverns to eat out, and a few bars in addition to the traditional coffee shops at the village square for your outings. Kato Pyrgos is a wonderful place for families, couples, and even for single persons, to enjoy relaxing and safe holidays and it is not a party place. In August the nightlife of Kato Pyrgos is enriched by the Summer Events.

Summer Events at Pyrgos Tyllirias

Every summer between the 4th and 25th of August take place many cultural events for the amusement of both the visitors and local people.

These events include among others theatrical performances, preparation of many traditional foods at the village square, musical concerts, and competitions of traditional songs, called Tsiattista in Greek.

Fig and Chalitzi Festival of Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Among the Summer Events, the festival of Kato Pyrgos is one of the main attractions. The festival focuses on two of the unique products for which Tylliria is known, a special variation of figs editable both fresh and dried, and a cheese made of goat milk only produced here. It takes place on the 16th and 17th of August and among others includes a large musical concert, usually with well-known Greek artists, and live preparation and sale of traditional products.

 

Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias Omega sandy beachKato Pyrgos beaches

At the seafront, there are a few very good beaches. Of them, I personally like Omega Beach, a wonderful, sandy organized beach, and Kryoneri Beach. The latter is a pebble beach with a wonderful cafeteria just next to the sea. If you go swimming there, when exiting from the sea, just let the water evaporate and you will see a crust of sea salt on your skin. Impressive.

These are not the only beaches of Pyrgos Tyllirias. Just explore around near the village and for sure you will find your personal little beach, with only you and your company enjoying it!

 

 

 

What is Kato Pyrgos (or Pyrgos Tyllirias) like

Kato Pyrgos is built on a small valley lush in green, which is relatively long and narrow, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and big, forested mountains on the other side. The village, because of the ground terrain that surrounds it, follows a long main road next to the sea. So it is elongated, while it is relatively narrow. Kato Pyrgos offers wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters for visitors and is also famous for the fresh fish offered at the fish taverns of the village.

 

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Useful facts about Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

The name of the area, Tilliria, derives from the Greek island Tilos, from where the first inhabitants of the area came, in the third century AD.

There are all kinds of facilities in Kato Pyrgos, including a small Medical Center, veterinary center, pharmacy, police station, and fire department. There are also a bank and mini markets for your everyday shopping. Below are a few useful telephone numbers:

 

Bus connections from/to Tylliria

There are three daily bus routes, connecting Kato Pyrgos and the other villages of the area with Nicosia, Paphos, and Kykkos Monastery. Visit the website of Pyrgos Buses for more information about the routes and timetables of their buses.

 

Directions to Kato Pyrgos. Visiting Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias by bus or by car

There are two routes when visiting Kato Pyrgos and Tylliria, one from Paphos and one from Nicosia.

From Nicosia, the route goes through the area that has been illegally occupied by Turkey, since its invasion in Cyprus about 50 years ago. It is about 80km in road length, and it takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to drive it.

From Paphos follow the street connecting Paphos with Polis Chrysochous, and then continue following the signs towards Kato Pyrgos. It is about 75km in road length, and it takes about two hours, maybe a bit less, to drive it.

The street from Polis to the village of Pachyammos is very nice to drive because it follows the seashore crossing through beautiful small villages. To your left, as you drive you can see the Mediterranean Sea, most of the time a few meters away from the road, while on your right you can see the mountains of Paphos forest.

After the village of Pachyammos, the terrain changes dramatically and the road follows the ups and downs of the steep mountainous terrain of this area. This piece of the road has also many steep and a few blind turns. It is still a very nice route through the forested mountains and with wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea, but you must drive slowly and be very careful when you drive this section of the route. I would recommend driving this piece of the road, especially your first time here, during the day to get familiar with it and its specific features and particularities. Just to give you an idea, when I drive, I need about the same time to go from Paphos to Pachyammos, and from Pachyammos to Kato Pyrgos, although the latter section is much smaller. But just don’t stick on the road, as the visit and stay at Kato Pyrgos is rewarding.

Alternatively, you can use the bus connecting Kato Pyrgos with both Paphos and Nicosia and avoid driving. For more information, including routes and timetables, visit the website of Pyrgos Buses.

 

Which airport is closer to Kato Pyrgos

Prefer the Paphos airport if you can choose which airport to go to. Paphos airport is almost 100km from Pyrgos, while Larnaca airport is more than 200km away.

Because of the difficult portion of the road between Pachyammos village and Kato Pyrgos, with many difficult turns, it takes about two hours to drive from Paphos airport and more than three hours to drive from Larnaca airport to Kato Pyrgos.

 

What is Kato Pyrgos and Tylliria known for

Kato Pyrgos is known for two traditional products, only produced here:

Kato Pyrgos and Tylliria area are known for the figs, especially the dried figs, which they call “sykallouthkia”. Sweet, tasty, and very healthy to eat, sykallouthkia is also a good way to accompany a glass shot of Zivania or Cyprus brandy.

Chalitzia Tyllirias, a cheese made of goat milk, is another traditional product of Tylliria area. Chalitzia is a traditional product protected by the EU Designation of Origin.

Finally, it is also known for its produce of fresh fruits like oranges, tangerines, and a special variety of peaches, Pyrgos peaches. Kato Pyrgos also produces lemons, other fruits, avocados, and vegetables.

There is also a traditional job for which Tylliria is famous, coal making. If you have the chance, visit one of the furnaces in the small village of Pano Pyrgos to see firsthand how coal is made. A warning though, this is a very dirty work to do, everything is dusty and covered in ash, and you will probably need a good bath after the visit, and your clothes dry cleaning. It is also difficult to breathe, because of the gasses that come out of the furnace. So visit a furnace only if these are things you can stand.

 

Emergency telephone numbers for Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias

Forest Fires Department telephone 1407                 

Emergency Number for Police, Fire, or Ambulance 112       

Local authorities (Kato Pyrgos Community Council) telephone (+357) 26 52 26 14

Kato Pyrgos Rural Health Centre, Telephone (+357) 26 52 23 53

Kato Pyrgos Rural Veterinary Centre, telephone (+357) 26 52 23 57

Citizens’ Service Centre, Telephones (+357) 26 52 26 14 and 26 52 21 06
Here you can find gathered together many government services in case you need any of them.

Local Police Station, telephone (+357) 26 81 29 40

 

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