After having experienced a wonderful time in the Troodos Mountains area, we went back to the coast side. The remaining days of our vacation we spent in Polis, a small town at the north-west end of the island. This lovely calm place is only 40 kilometers away from Paphos and its tourist attractions. There are no giant hotels, but cosy apartments and guest houses on nice garden properties. In the town center there are some taverns, bars and restaurants situated along the traffic-calmed main road.
We stayed at Chrysafinia Hotel Apartments located in Prodromi, just two kilometers from the center of Polis. The spacious self-catering one bedroom apartment was surrounded by a charming landscaped garden with a swimming pool. There was also a breakfast option.
Next to Polis there is the equally tiny (fishing) village Latchi, known for its quality of fresh fish and excellent seafood restaurants. From here a variety of boats can be hired for trips along the Akamas coastline, taking you to some beautiful bays such as the Blue Lagoon. Nature enthusiasts will love the area around Polis/Latchi, which is still untouched by mass tourism and surrounded by lemon groves.
We had a very tasty dinner at this fish restaurant, overlooking the picturesque harbor of Latchi. Food is excellent and in addition to the menu there is a daily selection of fresh fish. The sun going down while we were enjoying our dinner rounded off the evening.
Akamandos Avenue, Latchi 8841, Cyprus
The Akamas Peninsula National Park is only a stone’s throw away, with popular spots such as the Baths of Aphrodite, Akamas Nature Trails, Blue Lagoon and the Avakas Gorge.
Baths of Aphrodite
Close to Latchi Harbor, after approx. 5,5 kilometers along the coastline you will reach the parking space from where you walk a few hundred meters to get to the attraction. According to the legend this natural grotto was Aphrodite’s preferred bathing spot. It was here that she met the Athenian Prince Akamas and they both fall in love. The waterfall and pool are not that spectacular, but the hike to the Blue Lagoon that starts from here is.
Aphrodite Trail and Blue Lagoon
There are two different trails you can taken. One is a circular trail via the top of Moutti tis Sotiras with its 370 meters and passing the ruins of the abbey of Pyrgos tis Rigainas.
We took a different path, sticking to the Aphrodite trail that curves around the base of the Akamas Peninsula. We walked along the coast for about one and a half hours, arrived at the Blue Lagoon and watched the sun going down and took the same route back (~ 5,2 kilometers one way). The views on the sea and the surrounding landscape were excellent. The walk is fairly tiring and you should take drinks and maybe a picnic with you. As you will be exposed to the sun the entire time, you should do the walk either in the morning or the late afternoon. Wear some decent boots.
Walking the Aphrodite Trail certainly was one of the highlights of our trip. Although we were totally exhausted and marred by sweat and dust when we came back to our car three and a half hours later, we were deeply impressed by the scenery. Taking pictures of the splendid views from different spots during the golden hour had made us forget the efforts and heat.