Kissonerga is a small village about 5 km north-west of Paphos. It is on a plateau about 200m above sea level and about 2km inland, with much of the village enjoying panoramic sea views.
Kissonerga began a little farther north of the current village where you will find the site of a rare settlement from the Chalcolithic period. The site is important because evidence suggests that a powerful fertility goddess was worshipped there. She was believed to have protected children and babies. The Paphos region is known to be an important pilgrimage center due to the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. The whole village of Kissonerga is rich with archaeological treasures.
Today, Kissonerga is becoming more popular and has a more commercial appeal to retailers. The village still has a quaint feel and it is still a very traditional, Cypriot village. There are now some very good and modern restaurants, a modern pharmacy, beauty salons and coffee shops that serve both locals and expats. Kissonerga also has a horse riding center as well as boat yard that fixes, sells and services all sorts of boats.
In the northern part of Kissonerga a new football stadium was built amongst the many banana plantations. Before Cyprus became an EU member, Kissonerga had many more plantations, but now, many of them have died away because the produce didn't meet the requirements that allowed them to be exported to other EU countries.
The Village has a Community Council that has worked hard to build and develop the infrastructure of Kissonerga. A few of the finished projects are: the creation of a modern community football stadium, shelter to protect the archaeological findings, a Community Youth Center, new pavements and roads, drains for rainwater and beautification of the community including a park that is next to the COOP and the "Windmill Park."
There are also plans for a multi-million Euro marina that is planned for Kissonerga Bay which will surely help the economy and increase the population of the village.