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Prastio village of the Limassol or Prastio Avdimou village as is widely know, district stands at a distance of about 38 kilometres west of the city of Limassol and about 45 kilometres east of the city of Pafos. Because of its adjacency to the village Avdimou, it is known as "Prastio Avdimou". It is built at an average altitude of 380 metres and receives an average annual rainfall of about 540 millimetres.
       The village has gone through large fluctuations of its population. The population before the turkish invasion in 1974 was mix Turkish Cypriot and greek Cypriot and they live in harmony. After, the invasion the Turkish Cypriot went in to the possessed area under the Turkish army. In the 2007 census the inhabitants was 220 and about 100 European citizen most of them from England.

        The village existed under the same name during Medieval times. It is found marked in old maps as "prastio" but also as "prasmo". Leontios Machairas mentions the village, referring to it as "Prastio of Avdimou", as the venue where the Mamluks arrived in 1426. However, it is possible that he meant another coastal venue -south of Avdimou -where the invaders disembarked Avdimou, therefore, must have more than one "prastia" (plural of "prastio) in that era. Besides, the name of the village relates to the Byzantine times. Some researchers claim that the name "Prastio" comes from the French Medieval word "Prasti", which means "field". That is, it was a place-name for farms/ranches that belonged to certain Feuds. The name, however, seems to be purely Greek and -indeed -of the Byzantine times, coming from the word "proastion" that means "settlement near the city" (pros to asti).
     During the Medieval times, many small settlements -in various regions of Cyprus -were named "Prastio", in the sense of small, agricultural settlements close to large settlements to which they belonged to.
The village's Turkish inhabitants were calling it "Yuvali", which means nest. During the Turkish domination era, the village came under the administrative jurisdiction of Avdimou's Cadi (Turkish judge). The village also came under Avdimou during the period of the Frank domination and -perhaps -even before, during the Byzantine years.