The historical centre of Germasoyia Municipality is the centre of social and political activity since early Christian times.
Despite the changes it has undergone during the years, it still maintains the characteristics of a traditional Cypriot settlement wich will thrill even the most demanding visitor.
Wondering through its narrow, steep streets, the visitor can enjoy the simplicity of the traditional stone houses, the wonderful church of Santa Paraskevi, the church of Agia Christina and the Germasoyia Cultural Centre. Finally he can stop and take a rest in a traditional coffee shop and drink Cypriot coffee.
Old Germasoyia is within walking distance from the coast, only 2km away, and gives the visitor the opportunity to arrive there by walking through the Germasoyia valley, amongst the blooming citrus trees and the intense heady scent of the lemon blossoms, during April and May.
The character of the historical centre, the interesting sights in the area, its topography and natural environment, lead the Council to initiate a regional scheme for the protection, regeneration and promotion of the area as well as to proceed a town planning to allow the erection of hotel units around the centre, in an attempt to reinforce the Cypriot tourist industry.
In 1960, the coastal area of Germasoyia called ‘Potamos Germasoyias’ begun developing.
During this period the properties were marked for the construction of new buildings.
In 1966 the first hotel in the area was built.
The slow but steady progress was superseded by a rapid growth in the tourist industry and residential construction in 1974, the result of the Turkish invasion, when Turkey occupied 40% of the island and forced two hundred thousand Cypriots to flee their homes.
The rapid growth along the coast was later extended inland, until 1990. This rendered Germasoyia an important tourist centre with 56 hotel units of all categories with a total of 5500 beds.
Parallel to the Hotel industry there was a development in the Services sector and Entertainment industry, setting the conditions for hundreds of businesses to emerge and thrive.