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The Pitsilia Region




Pitsilia lies in the centre of the island surrounded by the forests of Troodos, Adelfoi and Machairas, and it expands into three districts - that of Limassol, Nicosia and Larnaka.
The big rivers of Kourris, Serrachis, Atsas and Vasilikos have their bed sources in the valleys of Pitsilia where one also finds Papoutsa and Adelfoi - two of the highest mountain peaks on the island –, as well as some of the highest villages in Cyprus.
The interesting shapes and colours of the rocks in the area are the result of rock formations like gabro, pillow lava, werlite, hatzburgite, and diabasis. According to one tradition, the area derives its name from the word ‘pitys’,  the ancient Greek word for the pine tree, but according to others the area got its name from ‘pitillin’ a head scarf with which Cypriot women use to cover their hair until a few years ago.
The villages of Pitsilia are known for their loukánika, (sausages made with pork meat), pastourmá, loúnza and tsamarélla and for their commandaria, a dessert wine for which Cyprus has the exclusive label.
The following are some of the villages in Pitsillia region:

• Agios Costantinos
• Agios Ioannis
• Agios Pavlos
• Agios Theodoros
• Agros
• Alithinou
• Alona
• Apsiou
• Askas
• Chandria
• Kalo Chorio
• Kyperounta
• Palaichori
• Pelendri
• Platanistasa


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