The little village of Droushia (Drouseia) has a population of 404. Set on the high ground of the Laona plateau, it is 27kms from Paphos and 10kms from Polis.
This is a very typical Cypriot village with many old stone houses bearing traditional architecture of carved doors and windows of wood.
The narrow, winding streets add to the character of the village along with the renovated village houses.
There are two coffee shops that cater to the needs of the village, as well as two small supermarkets/kiosks. The nearest church is in the nearby village of Pano Arodes. But why not explore the ancient monastery of Agios Georgios Nikoxilitis on the eastern side of Droushia. This monastery is thought to have been built in the 15th century and was rebuilt in 1923 after it was destroyed by fire.
From Droushia the views are stunning – you can see all the way across to the Troodos mountains and, looking north you can see Chrysochou Bay and the seaside towns of Latchi and Polis. Looking west, there are stunning views of the Akamas Peninsula with many huge landforms scattered in between. Due to its altitude, Droushia is refreshed by a cool breeze coming from the Akamas. In fact, the name Droushia means ‘cool and fresh’ in Greek.
Until the 1980s, many of Droushia’s villagers worked in the gold and copper mines near Polis. Now only one person carries on this tradition, as he has done for over 60 years, and you can find him in his workshop among Droushia’s picturesque streets.
There are some very good tavernas in Droushia and several supermarkets and kiosks. Once you’ve had a meze for lunch, why not visit the tiny weaving museum near the centre of the village?
If it’s a typical traditional Cypriot village you’re after, with an excellent climate, then Droushia will be perfect for your stone-built home.