Droushia Heights Hotel is a cozy unique design Hotel, which re-opened after complete renovation and upgrading to a very high standard. Perched on a hill in a place of extreme natural beauty, it commands spectacular views of the sea, the mountains and the neighbouring Akamas National Park. The Droushia Heights Hotel is a refuge from noisy cities and mass tourism and yet, it is only 10 minutes from the nearest beautiful beaches of Polis and Latsi.
Cyprus is a picturesque island where past meets present at every turn, with a strong culture and many traditions handed down through the ages. Paphos, one of the towns of Cyprus where our hotel is located, dates back to the Neolithic period. According to legend Paphos was the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. It was founded by King Kinyras in 1400 BC. The port of Paphos was built by Nicocles, the last king of Paphos, at the time of Alexander the Great. During the Hellenistic Period it became the capital of the island. Romans retained Paphos as the seat of the Roman Governor, as it was a location closer to their capital, Alexandria. The city contains many catacomb sites dating back to the early Christian period. Despite its vulnerability to foreign incursions and raids, the city survived through the centuries, retaining an indefinable, legendary charm through the ages. However, Paphos was gradually losing much of its attraction as an administrative center, especially after the Arab invasions in the 9th century AD and as a result the capital of Cyprus was moved inland, to Nicosia. The city and its port continued to decline throughout the Middle Ages and Ottoman Rule, as Nicosia, and the port cities of Larnaka and Famagusta were gaining more importance. Throughout the British colonial period, many of its inhabitants moved to Limasol, Nicosia and overseas. The city and district of Paphos had remained the most underdeveloped part of the island until 1974. The Turkish invasion and occupation of the major tourist resorts of Keryneia and Famagusta led to major investments by the government and the private sector in the district of Paphos. There was rapid economic activity in all fields but especially tourism and the district’s population stopped shrinking and indeed showed some signs of increasing. The Government invested in many sectors of the economy to strengthen the tourism industry.
Paphos is one of the 6 towns of Cyprus and is situated on the southwest coast of Cyprus. It is divided into two major quarters – Ktima, on the sea terrace, is the main residential district, and Kato Paphos, by the sea, is built around the old port and contains most of the luxury hotels and the entertainment infrastructure of the city.
The area of Paphos has many popular villages with a population of 66,364 in 2001 and the land area is 1,393 km². The landscape in the Paphos area varies from the coastal plain, the hilly area extending from the coastal plain up to the igneous rocks of Paphos forest and finally the mountainous region. Our hotel is at the upper mountains and enjoys all kinds of beauty of Paphos having an astonished view of sea, sky and forest.
Over the year, the temperature typically varies from 8°C to 30°C and is rarely below 5°C or above 32°C. The warm season lasts from June to October with an average daily high temperature above27°C. The hottest day of the year is in August. The cold season lasts from December to March with an average daily high temperature below19°C. The coldest day of the year is in January 27.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is in December with 9:49 hours of daylight; the longest day is in June with 14:29 hours of daylight.
The place of the hotel is a reason for all seasons because of its altitude. It is never too hot, there is always a cold breeze making the hot summers in Cyprus more affordable and never too cold as you can sit at the fireplace and enjoy the warmness of the hotel.
The economy of Paphos depends largely on tourism. After the Turkish invasions and their illegal occupation of major tourist centres like Keryneia and Ammochostos the government and the private sector have made major investments. Economic development in Paphos is rapid, but among all of them, tourism is picking up fast. The government invested heavily in irrigation dams and water distribution works, road infrastructure and the building of Paphos International Airport while private investment concentrated in hotel, apartment and villa construction and the entertainment infrastructure.
Other sectors of the economy is farming, especially banana, grape and tobacco cultivation. Paphos has a 100 km water distribution network which irrigates 5,000 ha of land and has the island’s second international airport. Due to this Paphos is now gaining new importance not just among tourists but also as a commercial centre. Its Harbour is not important in terms of international trade as most shipping uses the harbour at Limassol. Paphos Marina has cultural and historical importance and is also used for fishing.
Cyprus used to have its own currency, the pound £. After 1st of May 2004 Cyprus became a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union. In 2008 when the third stage of the EMU was completed the euro was adopted as the official currency. Cypriot euro coins feature three separate designs for the three series of coins, the mouflon, Kyrenia ship, Idle of Pomos. There are several major banks and ATM machines in all the main cities in Cyprus.
Cypriot- Greek is the official language of Cyprus. It is has basically the same vocabulary, grammar and syntax with Greek but with a different accent. This is beacause Cyprus had a very strong influence since the days when the early Greeks, the Myceneans and the Minoans, fled to the island after the fall of Greece to the Dorians. After that time, the island was occupied by many empires like Persians, British, and Ottoman that is why there are some differences in words and pronunciation.
People of Droushia
Estimates put Droushia’s population at approximately 400 people.Until 1980s, the inhabitants of Droushia worked in the gold and copper mines near Polis. Today, many of them are involved in the breeding of sheep and goats and the cultivation of grapes, cereals, legums, olive and almonds. Moreover, many people are involved in the tourism industry; here in Droushia Heights Hotel provides employment to the people of the village.
Culture and Tradition
Best way to learn about culture is to talk to people and watch their behavior towards each other. Much of Cypriot life revolves around social events like weddings, funerals and festivals.