The Best Places to see and things to do in Polis, Cyprus
Although we usually only write blog posts about cities, Polis is just too awesome to leave out! This little village in the south-west of Cyprus is the gateway to the Akamas Peninsula and the ultimate destination for hikers and beach bums alike! You will likely arrive at Paphos Airport if you are visiting this village, so make sure to check out our guide on getting here!
The name literally translates to “goldsmiths town” as the founder was indeed a goldsmith by trade. Originally a mixed town between Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking Cypriots, following 1974 it became entirely populated by the former. There are numerous cultural events held throughout the year by the municipality and a number of hotels and camp-sites for visitors to stay at. Due to its location, just before the Akamas Peninsula, it is highly recommended to rent an off-road vehicle when staying here, as getting around the Peninsula definitely requires one!
Facts about Cyprus
The world’s oldest wine label comes from Cyprus. Commandaria dates back 5000 years!
Cyprus is the first nation to include the shape of its country of its Flag.
The first Olympic Medal won by Cyprus was at the 2012 London Games
More than 45 Beaches in Cyprus have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for Cleanliness & Safety
Nicosia, the capital of the island, is the only capital that is divided between two nations!
Cyprus has sunshine for 300 days a year. Make sure to pack your sunscreen!
10+1 Best Places to See and Things to do in Polis, Cyprus
1. Latchi Harbour: Located just a short walk’s distance from Polis, Latchi is a quaint fishing village, and last built-up location before Akamas. This village is perfect for having lunch or dinner, with a number of restaurants offering freshly caught fish. Top tip: Order the Fish Meze, which is a combination of many fish dishes in smaller versions, making it perfect to share over a bottle of wine.
2. Camping: For locals, Polis is almost synonymous with camping, and it’s no surprise. There are a number of camping sites in the area, spanning into Akamas as well. The central camping site in Polis can be a little overwhelming for tourists, as locals are known to be quite rowdy there, playing music loudly into the wee hours. For a relaxed experience, we recommend you head towards Akamas, as there you will have the opportunity to choose between camping in a tent, or trying out “glamping”!
3. Akamas: The broader peninsula of Akamas is a truly amazing natural marvel. If you really want to make the most out of your visit, make sure to rent an offroad vehicle, as getting around without one is nigh on impossible. For couples, we recommend a quad bike, whereas families can rent larger buggies. You can visit countless beaches across the coast, which will have few (if any) other visitors.
4. Baths of Aphrodite: One of the most famous beaches in the Akamas region (including the following one), this beach is allegedly where Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, bathed. Although not as famous as her birthplace (Petra tou Romiou), this beach is a hidden gem. Once more, you will need an offroad vehicle to access it, but it is definitely worth it!
5. Blue Lagoon: A little further along the Akamas coast, you will find the blue lagoon. As the name states, this beach has some of the bluest, clearest waters you can find in Cyprus. You can reach it by boat, which can be boarded at the port in Latchi. Most day-cruises will allow for snorkeling at the lagoon, which is amazing!
6. Polis Archaeological Museum: When writing an article about Cyprus, it is impossible to leave out museums. The country is scattered with them, due of course, to the island’s long history. This specific museum houses artefacts from the ancient city of Marion (renamed Arsinoe in the 3rd century BC). There is no entrance fee and the museum is easily accessible by everyone.
7. Anassa Beach: A short drive from Latchi, this beach is your go-to spot for watersports! There are providers of every single water sport you could ever think of, making it a great location for a fun day!
8. Adonis Nature Trail: Feel like a little hiking? Once more, Akamas has exactly what you need. This trail will take you through Akamas and down towards the coast. It’s a long hike, but definitely worth it. Make sure to pack your sunscreen, and also bring something to cover your mouth and nose, as it can get very dusty!
9. Fontana Amorosa: Ok, just one more beach, we promise! Lover’s fountain is located further along down the coastline. It is a nicely secluded beach, perfect for snorkelling. As has been the case thus far, to reach this beach you will either need an offroad vehicle or a boat!
10. Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa Church: 13th century church ruins with a stunning mosaic floor. This is another of our places to see on a slow day. Enjoy walking around this old church and taking in the long history of Cyprus.
11. Tera Kritou (tiny village): If you want to see a tiny village which has still been able to hold on to its traditional character, then head to Tera Kritou. Hidden under a thick canopy is this traditional Cypriot village. Although only sparsely populated now, there are still some locals, most of whom live there during the summer. There are even homes which still don’t have electricity!
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Cyprus Travel and More
All right! That’s pretty much it for Polis. Although this guide was brief, we hope we covered all the main attractions in Polis, to ensure your trip is truly memorable. If you plan to visit other cities on the island while visiting, make sure to check out one of our many other guides, as this will ensure you get around like a local!
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