These Cyprus villas are situated on the edge of this traditional little village close to the fishing port of Latchi and on the fringe of the beautiful Akamas peninsula. For those who want to just relax, these villas are secluded with lush greenery by their swimming pools and excellent barbecue facilities which are perfect for al fresco dining. For a right rural getaway, Neo Chorio is slap bang in the thick of nature, with luscious landscapes in every direction.
Quaint and sleepy, it looks out to the turquoise-blue of Chrysochou Bay, so you get the best of both worlds with both sea and scenery on tap. Traditional, tranquil and downright charming, this small village borders the Akamas National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty with deep gorges and sweeping sandy bays. It's one of the island's last lowland wildernesses so take advantage while you're here – it's a paradise for walking, cycling and bird spotting and you'll come across all sorts of rare flowers along the way. Back in town, you'll find a good selection of colourful cafes and friendly tavernas where you can rest your feet with a cup of coffee or get stuck into a full-blown meal.
There's also a bank, well-stocked supermarkets and some great little craft shops where you can watch weavers at work on traditional looms or even join in a ceramic workshop. Getting back to nature, just outside the village hidden among the hills, you'll find the entrance to a complex cave system with subterranean caverns filled with jaw-dropping stalagmites and stalactites – don't miss it. If you simply want to chill out, the seclusion of nearby Lara beach is a sight for sore eyes with not a building in view – just soft sugary sands and a laid-back taverna. These Cyprus villas are pure bless.
Paphos, A Good Reason For All Seasons
PaphosPaphos is located on the southwest coast of the island and is sheltered from the north by the Troodos mountains. It has a temperate climate, one of the healthiest in the whole Mediterranean. In the Paphos region of Cyprus you can bask in sunshine all the year round and feel the warmth of a welcoming people with a reputation for hospitality. Splash about in the sparkling warm waters of the Mediterranean in the summer; marvel at the splendours of nature as the fields are carpeted in wild flowers in the spring; explore ancient sites in perfect temperatures in the autumn; and in the mild winter keep fit with a round or two of golf or an invigorating game of tennis.
Polis, Nature At Its Best
PolisExperience the meaning of real relaxation in the Polis Chrysochous area, the least developed coastline of Cyprus. Those wishing to escape the stress and routine of daily life, will find an ideal place of calm and rest, in an enviroment of unparalleled beauty. Polis is the favourite spot of demanding visitors in search of a quality holiday in a friendly, sociable enviroment. The Akamas National Park will appeal to nature lovers or those in search of peace and quiet. It is an area of exceptional beauty with rocky promontories, sandy coves and “The Baths of Aphrodite”. This is where, according to mythology, the goddess Aphrodite frolicked with her lovers, bathing in a fresh-water grotto shaded by a wild fig tree.
Akamas Peninsula, The Jewel Of Cyprus
AkamasThe Akamas peninsula, as described in the Conservation Management Plan of the European Union, covers about 230 square km and is located on the western tip of Cyprus. It is an area of great natural beauty unaffected by development. The uniqueness of the area for Cyprus, and for the whole of the Mediterranean, is centered on its precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive. Rare endemic plants grow there and foxes, snakes and other reptiles as well as many types of migratory birds live in Akamas or use it in their movements. Out of a total of 128 endemic plant species of Cyprus, 39 are found in the Akamas peninsula.
Sights To See
Baths Of Aphrodite, A Masterpiece Of Nature
BathsAn idyllic scenery of unique beauty emerges on the eastern slope of Akamas, past the fishing harbour of Latchi towards the tip of the peninsula. As the name suggests, at the Baths of Aphrodite, the most important goddess of the ancient Cypriots used to bathe, the goddess of love, Aphrodite. A natural pool grotto surrounded in greenery, the site lies at the end of a small nature trail. Myth also has it that this is where Aphrodite met her lover, the handsome Adonis, when he stopped off for a drink while hunting. The moment he drank the water, Adonis fell in love with the goddess. It is indeed a spectacular sight, a masterpiece of nature dressed in its most beautiful colours.
Adonis Waterfalls, A Heaven Nestled Among The Outcrop Of Rocks
WaterfallsLeave the crowded beaches and boring hotel pools behind and make for this jungle pool where you can swing through the trees and make as big a splash as you like. Located in Paphos, this is one of the most beautiful and unique areas in Cyprus. Legend has it that Adonis, the god of beauty and lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, tended his horses there. Adonis and Aphrodite gave birth to many of their children there, and the citizens of Paphos are said to be descendants of these two gods. This place isn't easy to reach; you'll need a sturdy car to take you along the undulating, precarious rocky road that leads to the pool. But once you get there, the swimming hole itself is a real haven that beckons you to jump in from the rocks above.
Paphos Castle, A Byzantine Fortress Built On The Harbour
Paphos CastlePaphos Castle is located on the edge of Paphos harbour. It was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour. In the 13th century, after being destroyed in the earthquake of 1222, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans. In 1570 however, the castle was once again destroyed by the Venetians, who at the time were unable to protect the castle from the ongoing attacks by the Ottomans. The Ottomans succeeded in gaining access to Paphos and the castle was once again restored, expanded, and strengthened to what it is today. Throughout the ages, it has served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island.
Petra Tou Romiou, The Birthplace Of Aphrodite
Petra Tou RomiouPetra tou Romiou or Aphrodite's Rock is certainly not something to be missed. According to the legend, Gaia asked one of her sons, Cronus, to mutilate his father, Uranus. Cronus cut off Uranus' testicles and threw them into the sea. A white foam appeared from which a maiden arose, the waves first taking her to Kythera and then bringing her to Cyprus. The maiden, named Aphrodite, went to the assembly of gods from Cyprus to become the goddess of love. An alternate legend states that Digenis Akritas, the Greek frontier guard, threw a large rock to destroy the Saracen ships and protect Cyprus. Today, this rock stands as the Petra tou Romiou, meaning “Rock of the Roman”.
Tombs Of The Kings, Ancient Tombs Carved In The Stone
Tombs Of The KingsTombs of the Kings, located about two kilometres north-west of Paphos harbour, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a large necropolis comprising of underground tombs, many of which are the resting place of over one hundred Ptolemaic aristocrats who died in Paphos between 3 B.C. and 3 A.D. The name is suggestive of the splendour of the tombs and no actual kings are buried there. Found near the Coral Bay, the structure consists of solid rock formations featuring Doric pillars and walls decorated with frescoes. Ongoing archaeological excavations have unearthed the Church of Paleoekklisia, which depict Byzantine frescoes.
Paphos Mosaics, Superbly Preserved Mosaic Remains
Paphos MosaicsIn Greco-Roman times, Paphos was the island's capital, and it is famous for the remains of the Roman governor's palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. Situated near the Paphos harbour and accidentally discovered by a farmer, are some superbly preserved mosaic remains, dating back to the 3rd century A.D. These mosaic floors depict very interesting mythological representations. They are made from small cubes of marble and stone called tesserae. Additionally, glass paste was used to develop the range of colours. The wide variety of these beautiful designs can be seen in the Villa of Dionysos, where an area of nearly 5,985ft² is decorated with the mosaics.
Things To Do
Scuba DivingPaphos's mythology lets off a luminance (email: hidden)racts divers to explore the crystal clear waters, underwater ruins and wrecks and the abundant marine life. The water temperature ranges between 16 to 27 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. The divers love to visit these sights as there are no strong currents and one can get to see coral colonies, sea anemones and sponges, fish and sea-shells in exotic colours, as well as ship wrecks. There are a number of diving centres and schools that offer training sessions for beginners and inexperienced divers, but advanced divers can extend their diving skills as well before they take to exploring the waters around Paphos.
FishingThe fact that there are no decent fish in the Mediterranean is a myth. Fishing is an old sport in Paphos and is becoming even more popular with time. It is an activity that can be enjoyed all year round, no matter the season. Paphos really is a fisherman's paradise, offering excellent fresh water fishing opportunities to anglers. Wherever you happen to be in Paphos, a place to fish is never far away, with a huge variety of fish reservoirs waiting for you. Although a license is required to fish in dams, no license is needed for salt-water fishing. There are also numerous facilities to rent boats, rods, nets, and baits for fishing, as well as special fishing trips in the waters of Paphos.
RidingUnmask the equestrian sport of horse riding to enjoy the beautiful countryside and coastal areas of Paphos. The island of Cyprus and the Paphos forest near the village of Lysos provide a fantastic climate for some great horse riding all year round. The horse riding centres in Paphos are highly regarded as some of the best stables in Cyprus. These centres are well equipped and have a long experience in imparting training to amateur riders. If you are an experienced horse rider, then you can rent horses from the stable. Some of the best ranches in Paphos are Santa Fe Ranch at Geroskipou, Paddocks Equestrian Centre at Kissonerga and George's Ranch at Coral Bay.
Hiking And Biking
Hiking and biking are great ways to test your fitness, as well as to get outdoors and explore the beautiful landscape Paphos has to offer. There are various mountain biking and hiking organizations in Paphos that will help you discover breathtaking trails and valleys along the Akamas Peninsula, as well as Gravel Mountain routes. As with horseback riding, Paphos boasts some excellent cycle trails. Keen cyclists will find a number of winding country roads which offer impressive vistas over the coast and lead to some traditional quaint villages. The forests are excellent for exploration on foot and if you take some food with you, you can enjoy a family picnic among beautiful woodlands.
“More than sun, sea and sand…”
The jewel of Cyprus!