Polis Chrysochous – A lesser-known Cypriot treasure

Nestled between the Akamas Peninsular National Park and Paphos Forest, Polis Chrysochous is the best-kept secret of Cyprus. Sitting on Chrysochou Bay, this stunning getaway boasts unparalleled beauty.

A perfect little hideaway featuring ample activities and sites – from the romantic baths of Aphrodite, to the cultural wine trails of neighboring towns – here’s our guide for the best way to make the most of your stay in Polis Chrysochous.

At One with Nature

Mother Nature has blessed Polis Chrysochous with some of the most picturesque views in the Mediterranean. 

The Akamas Peninsular National Park is a short 20-minute drive from the town centre. As you explore through the colourful fauna you’ll be greeted by 168 different species of birds, 12 species of mammals and 16 beautiful breeds of butterfly that dance in the sunlight. 230km of gorgeous scenery helps you to disconnect from the busy everyday life you escaped from.

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to spot some of Cyprus’s rare species such as the nettle-tree butterfly, which is protected on the island.

Half an hour drive away from Polis Chrysochous is Avakas Gorge. With awe-inspiring views and gentle wildlife, this gorgeous spot is the perfect place to take a morning walk. Untouched by modern life, when you visit this evergreen environment you’ll instantly feel as if you’re the first person to discover what lies at Avakas Gorge.

Paphos Forest is another scenic destination you simply must visit during your stay. A 20-minute drive away, you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air, amazing sights and company of the local wildlife. Take a picnic basket with you and spend the day together in this enchanting forest.

Food and Drink

Cypriot cuisine is made up of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence. Local restaurants offer a taste to suit any palette and often use fresh produce from nearby farms.

There are many vineyards in Cyprus that welcome visitors with open arms.  Towns such as Drousia, Ineia and Kathikas are a short drive away, with public transport frequently bringing passengers to the lush acres. Even novice members of the winery world will enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of these vast estates.

Romantic Hideaways

The Baths of Aphrodite are said to be where the Greek Goddess of love used to meet her lover Adonis. Secluded and shaded, this gorgeous pond is surrounded by a flourishing botanical garden. Colours and scents excite the senses and the mythological history makes you feel as if you’ve stumbled upon a very special place.

Latsi beach is the perfect place to take your partner to soak up the shimmering sunrays, relaxing on the sand or wandering across the waterfront. Aside from the glittering golden sand, there are plenty of gorgeous sites to see on your walk, including the Latsi lighthouse and beautiful harbor.

Latsi is also well known as a great spot for fishing, which the local restaurants use to their advantage. If you’re looking for a fresh seafood dinner in a secluded spot, latsi is a fantastic choice.

Polis Chrysochous is a truly magical part of Cyprus just waiting to be discovered.

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