Stunning natural environment, friendly, laid back people, great hotels, apartments and villas for your accommodation, many restaurants, tavernas and fish restaurants for dining out, wonderful sandy beaches, many things to do, Polis region is the ideal place for those seeking active holidays in the nature.
Located on the north – west part of Cyprus, Polis Region is an area full of green, natural beauties, excellent sea and beaches. Polis still keeps its original Cypriot style, with many tranquil villages waiting to explore. The National Park of Akamas Peninsula is just a few kilometers away.
Modern Polis is built on the ruins of two ancient cities, Marion and Arsinoe, dating back almost 3000 years. Evidence of this reach, ancient history are found in the excavations in the region.
Myth of Aphrodite: According to the myth, Aphrodite, the Goddes of beauty and love used to meet her lover, Adonis in this idyllic area. Baths of Aphrodite (Loutra tis Afroditis) are located next to the town of Polis and is a very popular place to visit, among locals and visitors alike.
Climate: Polis climate is hot and dry during the summer and mild during the short winter. This wonderful climate makes Polis region a year-round holiday destination.
Marion – Arsinoe Archaeological Museum:Built in classic style, the museum opened in 1998 and hosts exhibits from the ancient cities of Marion and Arsinoe. Well worth a visit!
Central square of Polis Chrysochous: A traditional square with many restaurants and cafes. A perfect place to sit and enjoy your food or your drink.
Latchi harbour and Latchi Municipal Beach: The small harbour of Latchi is located about three kilometers from Polis. The area offers a lot of restaurants, but here is the place to taste fresh local fish, in one of many fish restaurants that abound in the area. Just next to the harbour is the organized municipal beach, a wonderful place for your bath. Latchi municipal beach is the only disabled – friendly beach, with a purposed built ramp which helps persons with mobility problems to enter easily and safely into the sea.
Akamas peninsula: The national park of Akamas is just next to Polis Chrysochous. From Polis you are able to explore this unique unspoilt area.
Baths of Aphrodite: On the same way as Akamas penisnula, is the place where Aphrodite met het lover Adonis, the Baths of Aphrodite. It is a very beautiful area in the nature and a short excursion nobody visiting the area should miss..
Akamas Peninsula National Park
The Akamas National Park lies on the west coast of Cyprus, a truly pictorial part of the island. It has an area coverage of 230 square kilometres containing valleys, gorges and wide sandy bays. The wildlife diversity is crucial for the ecology in the Mediterranean. In this spectacular environment there are 168 varieties of birds, 20 different reptiles, 16 species of butterfly and 12 different mammals not to mention its very rich variety of fauna. The important significance of the Akamas Peninsula has been duly noted; The European Council has included it in its Mediterranean Protection Programme. The Cyprus Government has yet to fully declare it as a National Park for tourist and local landowners reasons, although friends of the Earth and Green Peace are lobbying hard for it.
Boat along the Akamas (Blue Lagoon)
Blue lagoon is the most popular place of Akamas and thousands of people
have visited it by boat.
The crystal blue waters in this small bay are so clear, you can see all
the way to the underlying sea bed.
The water in this area of the Akamas Peninsula is so inviting and
refreshing you will want to swim in this beautiful environment or go
snorkeling and look around you underwater for metres on end.
– Choose an organised trip with a BBQ lunch cooked on board – book at the harbour
– Or hire a private speed boat – it’s good value for a small group
– Don’t forget your swimming costume for that dip in the blue lagoon!
– Tip: Local residents receive a discount – just ask at Latchi harbour when you book
Blue lagoon is the most popular place of Akamas and thousands of people have visited it by boat.
The crystal blue waters in this small bay are so clear, you can see all the way to the underlying sea bed.
The water in this area of the Akamas Peninsula is so inviting and refreshing you will want to swim in this beautiful environment or go snorkeling and look around you underwater for metres on end.
You can get there from driving to Pegia and then to Agios Georgios.
The sand is soft and golden, while the sea is crystal clear and clean.
A 4×4 vehicle is necessary to reach this expansive and virtually deserted beach.
Lara Bay is an essential Green Turtle and Hawk’s Bill turtle breeding ground both are endangered species.
Provisions are constantly been made for safe sites for the egg laying of these sea creatures.
Akamas Nature Trails
in the Akamas Peninsula there are three official nature trails: the
Adonis Trail, the Aphrodite Trail, and the Smigies Trail.
Interwoven with rocky hiking trails, these three nature trails offer people walking through them stunning views of various sized gorges and valleys, amazing rock formations, the curved coastline, cliffs, and intriguingly shaped boulders.
Akamas is famed for its breathtaking beauty and precious ecology.
Baths of Aphrodite
about 18 miles from the coastal town of Paphos, the natural cavern here
features a caved shallow pool encompassed by ferns and a large fig tree
which caters for the shade.
A natural spring supplies the water to the pool. According to myth, Aphrodite would bathe in this pool and is where she first met her great love- Adonis.
The waters here are said to hold special rejuvenating powers.