Zygi is a fishing village within a 5-minute drive from Kontoyiannis House. Zygi is the most well-known and reputable fisherman’s village of Cyprus. There are many professional fishermen in the village and as many amateurs. Large quantities of fish are absorbed by the seafood restaurants that operate in the community, while the surplus is channelled to the domestic market.
During a summer holiday in Cyprus, little beats sitting in the cool shade, listening to the lapping waves and enjoy a delicious fish lunch in one of the many restaurants and where better than Zygi village. On Sundays, Zygi is transformed by the huge influx of Nicosians who like to head to the coast and many families converge on the popular coastal tavernas to relax and enjoy a Fish Mezé. Many residents are involved in one of the tavernas, the other main local occupation is agriculture and a drive along the coastal road reveals small plastic greenhouses filled with tomatoes, cucumbers and an array of flowers for local florists.
The word ‘Zygi’ means ‘to balance’ – a reference to the fact that Zygi is situated midway along the island’s southern coast and is hence ‘the balance’ between Limassol and Larnaca ( as well as Nicosia which is equidistance).References: http://www.holidayislandcyprus.co.uk/zygi.html http://www.zygi.com/en/history-len