Polis (Polis Chrysochous) is the fourth largest municipality of the Paphos area. Located about 36 kilometers north of Paphos city and overlooking the beautiful Chrysochou Bay, beautiful beaches and picturesque villages can be found throughout the surrounding region.
Polis is the least developed beach resort in the South of Cyprus and is the perfect base to explore the varied landscapes of the largely unspoiled western region of Cyprus. Across the Chrysochou Bay to the Akamas Peninsula, outdoor enthusiasts will find a nature conservation area complete with hiking trails in an area full of mythological legends.
Often associated with its larger neighbour of Polis, nearby Latchi is a serene fishing village on Cyprus’ north western coast approximately 3 km from Polis and 36 km from Paphos. Latchi stretches along 3km of coastline with a sand/shingle beach and a number of good hotels, fish tavernas (famous island wide), bars and cafés all lining the harbour.
The Latchi fishing harbour (now featuring a new, enlarged capacity Marina) is the favourite spot on the island for those in the know.
Thanks to its position in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus enjoys a mild climate year round but April/May and September/October are the best times to visit due to the optimal weather, smaller crowds and generally lower prices. Hiking is optimal during these periods, especially in the spring when the countryside is washed in color.
For some serious exploring of the mountain villages, countryside and remote hiking trails, it is advisable to rent a car. Scooter or motorcycle rentals are available to putt along the coast to Akamas and other seaside villages.
Akamas Peninsula is an undeveloped finger of land jutting into the Mediterranean and a true gem containing a network of nature trails and the Bath of Aphrodite. Tour operators in Polis and Latchi offer both jeep safaris and boat trips to the Akamas Peninsula so visitors can enjoy the area's diverse flora and fauna.
While touring the peninsula, don’t miss Kathikas, a quaint village in the Akamas Heights that offers a visitors centre, local crafts, produce and authentic taverns.
HOW TO GET THERE
Paphos International Airport serves mostly charter flights, though Cyprus Airways and British Airways offer regularly scheduled flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.
Some charter flights operate in the winter season, but during the peak summer season a variety of charter airlines such as Excel Airways, Monarch, JMC and VirginSun carry the majority of visitors to the area.
Transfers to Polis by driving, follow the road direct north from Paphos.
Polis is a 30 minutes drive from Paphos and 45 minutes from Paphos international airport. Though more flights will arrive in Larnaca, it is a 111-mile drive.
During the summer, buses regularly run between Paphos and Polis. It is also possible to catch a bus from Larnaca to Polis via Nicosia.