Explore Aphrodite's island
Inhabited since Neolithic times, birthplace of Aphrodite and home to lively bar-filled sands and deserted expanses of beaches, the wildflower island of Cyprus is a dreamy escape of natural beauty, contemporary boltholes and the perfect smattering of Byzantine architecture.
Best time to visit
Cyprus pretty much has year-round sunshine, with a short rainy season in the winter and May to September being extremely hot.
Back to an emphatically slower pace of life on the unspoilt peninsula of Akamas, drink from the legendary Fountain of Aphrodite in the hope of finding love, or take time out to explore by scuba diving, hiking or horseriding.
PISSOURI & MILIOU
Serene enough for the loggerhead turtles to come and lay their eggs, Pissouri will answer your holiday prayers with more than a dash of authentic Cypriot allure, a long stretch of beach, plus sailing, diving and windsurfing. Discover therapeutic sulphur springs and the fresh scent of citrus groves in the tiny village of Miliou.
POLIS & PAPHOS
Situated on the edge of the Akamas peninsula, the peaceful fisherman’s resort of Polis enjoys picturesque surrounds and easy access to the renowned baths of Aphrodite. By day, relax in the sunshine or enjoy a myriad of watersport nearby in the port of Latsi; and by night savour some delicious freshly caught seafood in a variety of traditional tavernas dotted along the waterfront.
Drench yourself in Paphos’ mythology and history by spending a day walking in the shadows of the Tombs of the Kings by the harbourfront, before continuing to the Hellenistic mosaics that talk of the island’s great legends through intricately painted tiles that have been superbly preserved. For a chance to experience the history of Cypriot religion, the monastery of Kykkos is the most visited of all of Cyprus’ monasteries, housing some of the country’s oldest icons. To protect and preserve this wonderful building, the monks produce their own organic products, such as wine and honey for visitors to purchase.
Spend long days of sunshine by the pool or on the sandy Municipal Beach or head into the nearby Troodos Mountains for a day of hiking, cycling and even horseriding amidst some of Cyprus’ finest vistas. Whilst in the Troodos Mountains, why not spend some time sampling a glass or two of Cyprus’ popular wines on a traditional wine tour. Produced in Cyprus for over 5000 years, the combination of high altitudes and mild winters offer the ideal environment to produce some of the Mediterranean’s finest wines such as Maratheftiko (red) or Xynisteri (white).
The popular resort of Protaras is just a short drive from vibrant Ayia Napa and is home to one of the island’s best beaches in Fig Tree Bay. Situated on the eastern side of Cyprus, Protaras covers over three miles of golden sands on the Famagusta coastline and is a quieter alternative to the frenetic resort of Ayia Napa. An ideal location for exploration, discover the fascinating rock formations, hidden coves and arches that are hidden within verdant forestry and by the sea; or take a short boat trip to enchanting Cape Greko. Then follow the heady scents, sights and sounds towards Limassol’s ‘Little Miami,’ which boasts a lively port and wide beaches and is home to Limassol Castle where Richard the Lionheart married his princess. Head to Lady’s Mile Beach for family-friendly swimming and windsurfing.
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Walking down the harbour front watching the boats go by is such a relaxing way of life, stopping in one of the many coffee shops along the harbour for a famous ice coffee is a must and then to finish your perfect day off would be to visit one of the local tavern’s in the evening for a traditional Meze or the famous Souvlaki that its renowned for.