If you are looking for somewhere idyllic to visit in Cyprus, then it doesn’t get more idyllic than Polis Chrysochous (simply known as Polis) – a green subdistrict of Paphos that is popular thanks to its undeveloped coastline, the picturesque fishing harbour and marina Latchi (Latsi), and the surrounding areas that lead to the stunning Akamas Penninsula.
So, What can you expect to see on a day trip to Polis and Latchi? Aside from the lovely municipal beaches, Latchi harbour with its fishing boats and newer marina where boat trips operate is especially beloved by locals. The original warehouses where carobs were exported have been revitalised as restaurants and cafes and are a reminder of the harbour’s importance in bygone times. Here you will find the freshest seafood at the many tavernas that surround the harbour – absolutely worth a meal (or two) with views of bobbing boats and fishermen at work. And once your belly is full, a stroll around the harbour is just the ticket!
The most popular boat trip is to the Blue Lagoon, and yes, it is as picturesque as the name implies! There are half and full day trips available that take you past areas of Akamas that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise see due to their inaccessibility by car or foot. The turquoise waters of the hidden coves are simply stunning and even leave the locals in awe of the beauty of Aphrodite’s isle! Diving is also popular in Latchi… the white sands and crystal-clear waters will have you thinking you are in a tropical paradise, and you will be amazed at what underwater wonders you can see!
Paphos region as a whole is linked to the legend of Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite as she was born in the region (from seafoam), so it is no surprise that the legend continues all the way through Polis. The Baths of Aphrodite can be found after Latchi and include a botanical garden and nature trail. It is said that the Goddess tempted her lover Adonis by making Cyprus Delight sweets from spring water. The views here are spectacular!
And then there is Akamas Penninsula – the furthest northwest part of Cyprus and a drive out past Latchi. Akamas is so worth visiting to discover a side to the island that you didn’t think could exist alongside the usual hot and dusty sun, sand, sea character!
The ecological significance of the national park is immense – from rare flora and fauna to dramatic cliff faces and coves, Akamas is immersive and inspiring. Rare seals are sometimes spotted in the coves, and turtles nest at the soft sandy bays of the area. But not all of Akamas is accessible; some areas require a tour with a four-wheel jeep buggy, and some are simply not accessible at all.
If you would like to explore on foot, then the Avakas Gorge Walking Trail is a great way to experience the beauty of Akamas as it has a difficulty rating of just 1-2. Starting from Pegeia Forest, the trail takes you through an open valley, past river and culminates at the gorge, traversing its dense vegetation.
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