Stroumpi (Stroumbi) has a population of about 480 and so is quite a large village. It is ideally located, being about 17kms from Paphos and 20kms from Polis.
Stroumpi has been renowned for its wines since ancient times and even today, many of the villagers are employed in winemaking activities.
The two wineries in the region stopped production after the 1953 earthquakes, a large new winery has been built as of 2007.
Stroumpi is a village of two halves. Pano (upper) Stroumpi is an old settlement, possibly going back to medieval times, and for the historian, there are some traditional houses to be enjoyed as well as the ruins of the two wineries and a corn mill.
There are two reports of how Stroumpi acquired its name. Some say that it was named after the geographical traits of the area that surrounded it ‘stroumboulos’, meaning ‘chubby’ in English. Others say that the village was named after the person that owned it at the time, ‘Stroumbis’. This name also implies a short, chubby person.
The village was almost entirely destroyed in the 1953 earthquakes and the villagers abandoned it. Therefore, a new village, Kato (lower) Stroumpi, was built to house the displaced locals. Here the traditional narrow, winding roads have been replaced with wider roads lined with fruit trees.
It is as you enter Kato Stroumpi that you can find the police and fire stations. Carry on through and you’ll come to the main square where the Church of the Holy Spirit stands. Construction started on this church in 1953 and was finished in 1956 after the earthquakes devastated Agios Georgios church in Pano Stroumpi. An icon of the Holy Spirit, which dates back to the 15th century, is kept in the church.
Stroumpi’s two schools, infant and elementary, are located just off the main square along with a community building and an area where the annual Dionysia Festival is held. This festival first started in August 1982 and is in honour of the ancient Greek god Dionysia, God of Wine, so you can be sure that the local wine flows is abundance. Locals, non-Cypriot residents and tourists are invited to take part in this successful festival, which is considered the most important summer event in the region. The three-day festival is not only about sampling Stroumpi’s superb wines, but there are also traditional dancers, displays of local handicrafts and folk art, and much, much more.
At the southern end of the village, there is a traditional fountain which has supplied the village’s drinking water since ancient times. The fountain has recently been renovated.
There are three tavernas in Stroumpi where you can enjoy traditional fare. One is at the village’s entrance, one by the village square and the last as you leave the village. There are also two coffee shops located in the main square and a supermarket.
If you’ve enjoyed your coffee and are now ready for some gentle action, there is good fishing at the nearby Evretou Dam and a golf course at Tsada.
Because of Stroumpi’s location, the hospitals at Paphos and Polis are of equal distance. There is also a doctor who visits Stroumpi every Thursday.
Stroumpi is in an ideal location for exploring the Paphos region. The village itself is full of interest with magnificent views of the surrounding hills, and glorious sea views too. What better location for your dream home?