Phiti

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Phiti
Paphos map.PNG
Country Cyprus
Region Mediterranean
Province paphos
Population (2001)
 • Total 97
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code CYP
Area code(s) (00)+ 357
Website http://www.phyti.org.cy/english/indexen.htm

Phiti village also known as Phyti, is situated on a plateau 25 kilometers north-east of Paphos and 20 kilometres south-east of Polis Chrysochous. There are several small villages within a 3 kilometre radius of Fyti including, Lasa, Kritou Marottou and Anadhiou all residing at an average altitude of 680 metres.

Due to the altitude and cover from the surrounding landscape, Phiti enjoys a pleasant climate all year round with long dry summers and winters that still remain warm and predominantly dry, rarely seeing frost or snow. Phiti, along with two other villages in the Paphos district, have been ranked as grade A tourism villages. The houses are built of local stone and have changed little since the village was created in the 19th century, the population of the village has fluctuated throughout the years and in the 2001 census the community's inhabitants numbered 97.

During the early 20th century, the village became a spiritual and educational centre for studying, and the children from neighbouring villages would travel to Phiti for their education which is from where the village is said to have acquired its name, as the Greek word "Fyto" sometimes written as "Phyti" translates to study.

Phiti is the main centre of the weaving craft in the district of Paphos and is one of the most important weaving centres in Cyprus. Phythkiotika is the name given to the textiles manufactured in the village and they are renowned for the flamboyant coloring and variety of patterns employed in their designs.

Visitors can study the village heritage by visiting the museum of weaving and folkloric art or admire the architecture including the stone houses, two stone made fountains or visit the two authentic Cypriot taverns.

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Coordinates: 34°55′43.9″N 32°32′41.5″E / 34.928861°N 32.544861°E / 34.928861; 32.544861