The picturesque village of Droushia with its traditional architecture, narrow streets, small coffee shops, museums and Byzantine churches largely preserves the genuine traditional community unaffected by modern day civilization. With 386 inhabitants, the village stands 600 meters above sea level in a unique island region, which is rich in natural wellness right at the outskirts of the famous Akamas peninsula. The village, situated at the Laona plateau and only 27 km from the town of Paphos and 10 km from Polis, is a lovely location with stunning seaside and mountain views. Due to its altitude, a cool breeze coming from the Akamas Peninsula refreshes the village. In fact, one legend suggests that the village derives its name from the Greek word “Drosia” meaning “cool and fresh”. If you are wondering what to do during your stay, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of sites and attractions to visit.
The Monastery lies only 3 km northeast from the village of Droushia. In 327 A.D. Saint Eleni passed through the island and the area, on her return from the Holy land where she sought the Holy Cross. Saint Eleni first set foot on the island at Lara beach in Akamas,
During the Arab raids between the 7th and 9th century, the region of Akamas suffered many disasters as a result of the invasions and the monks decided to move to a safer area inland. At a later stage, the monks reorganized their community and built a new Monastery in memory of their old one. The monastery that exists today was founded between the 9th and 10th century A.D., and up until the early 19th century it was one of the richest monasteries on the island, owning vast real estate property.
In 1808 the Turkish intruders demanded from the Church of Cyprus to pay a huge amount of money and even held all the bishops of the island hostage until that amount was paid. The amount was massive and it was almost impossible for the Church to collect it, resulting in a decision to sell part of the property of the richest monasteries, including a large part of the land belonging to Saint George’s Monastery. From then on, the Monastery began to follow a declining path until it was disbanded in 1821, when it was burned and looted by the Turks of the region. The remaining estates were gradually sold and soon after nothing was left. In the years after 1834, some faithful Christians of Droushia rebuilt the church of the Monastery, but it was later destroyed by fire in the years 1922-23. The church was again rebuilt with the help of locals and others who also planted cypress trees around the church. In 1953 the church suffered severe damage from an earthquake which hit Paphos. Nowdays, the clealness and maintenance of the church relies only, on the help of the locals.
The Church of Saint Epiphanios (in Greek Ayios Epiphanios or Epiphanis) is located in the center of the village and is serving the community since 1783.
Saint Epiphanios is only 5 minutes away on foot from our Hotel, and we invite you to attend all major Greek Orthodox events, including Christmas and Easter masses, as well as Sunday morning service during your stay.
Next to the church of Saint Epiphanios lies the well-preserved Weaving Museum, which hosts a large wooden loom (known locally as voofah) exhibiting traditional cloths, produced from cotton and silk.
The different types of traditional costumes reveal the island’s relations with neighboring lands through trade or quest. The costumes indicate the people’s ability to assimilate foreign traits and recreate them in their own tradition. Each costume displayed is a true expression of folk artistic creation.
The Droushia open-air theatre, overlooking the view of Polis bay, hosts numerous events during the summer months.
If you are staying with us during summertime, please ask the Front Desk for the up-coming plays and events.
There are quite a few coffee shops located in the main square, which have traditionally been frequented by the local men of the village. When the men of the village used to work in the fields, they would go to the coffee shops at dawn before starting work and again in the evening after dinner and of course on Sunday after church.
The coffee shop would be open all day for the old men of the village or for everyone on days when the weather was not good enough to work in the fields. The only exception to the men-only rule was when the shadow theater was in town. As the coffee shops were at the center of village life, the entertainment would take place there and it was the one time when women and children were allowed inside. The rest of the time, the women got together in one another’s house. Despite the fact that many years have passed, the taste and aroma of the coffee remains the same. Do ensure that you state how many spoons of sugars you want in your coffee whilst ordering.