Polis Chrysochous

Polis Chrysochous in short Polis which in Greek means town, is one of the most beautiful areas in Cyprus, near romantic sites, close to where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, used to meet her beloved Adonis. Polis is built on the northeast of Cyprus, near Akamas Peninsula with its renowned Baths of Aphrodite. Akamas is a nature reserve of exceptional natural beauty and eventually become a national park. The whole Polis area has been beautifully blessed by nature and combines the beauty of mountain, sea and plain. It is seas are clean and cool summer nights. The area is especially suited to people with special interests that enjoy activities when on holiday. Polis is a perfect refuge for mental and physical relaxation and recreation. Those wishing to escape the stress and routine of daily life, will find an ideal place of calm and rest, in an environment of unparalleled beauty. Life in Polis still rolls along at a quiet pace without too many crowds or noise. Polis is the favourite spot of demanding visitors in search of a quality holiday in a friendly, sociable environment

Travel

Polis is 35Km from Pafos - a 30 minute car ride. The two towns are linked by regular bus routes every day except Sunday. Polis is 45 minutes from Paphos airport, less than 2 hours from Larnaka Airport, and 25 minutes from the Tsada Golf Course.

Beaches

Polis Chrysochou Bay

This is really one long beach stretching from the edge of the Akamas on the Polis/Latchi side to Pomos further around the bay. There is something for everyone here from Latchi bay with lots of well spaced sunbeds to more deserted sections beach in Cyprus Chrysochous bay of the beach between Polis and Pomos.

Anassa Beach

The Anassa beach took its name from the hotel which is built there, the Anassa Hotel. The road where the hotel and the surrounding area, is filled with trees, bushes and other wildlife. As all the beaches in the Polis Chrysochous area it is a pebbly beach, which becomes deep once you go in at about 3 metres. There are a few restaurants in the area apart from the hotel. There is also a lifeguard on duty and water sports available for hire near the hotel.

Yiannakis Beach

This beach is simply a beautiful one with some stunning views and is definitely worth a visit when you are visiting the island. To reach this beach you travel down the road leading to the Baths of Aphrodite in Latchi, a spectacular setting. Once you have reached Yiannakis Beach you will see fantastic views of the Akamas peninsula to the west and Pomos point to the east. The waters are very clear and superb for snorkelling and other water sports. Dotted along the coastline are also a number of restaurants and bars for you to taste the local cuisine.

Latchi Beach

This lovely pebble beach with beautiful mountain scenery is located close to Latchi fishing harbour, in Polis area. The water in the sea at Latchi beach is always crystal clear

Pomos Beach

This beautiful beach is situated on the Pomos harbour on the north west coast of Cyprus. The beach is locally run and swept daily to ensure it remains the most unique beach found on the island. Here you will find some breath taking scenery of the coast and the stunning Troodos mountains whilst you take a dip in the crystal clear blue waters. With the water being extremely clear, it makes an ideal location for snorkelling and diving.


Things to Do


Argaka Village

Argaka is a village of the Pafos district, located in the coastal plains of Chrysochous at the mid-east section of Chrysochous Bay. It has a distance of about 8 km from Polis, while it stands at an altitude of about 90 meters above sea level. Several streams flow down from the slope toward the sea, indeed with a relatively large one flowing next to the village.

The river of Makounta, upon which the Argaka Makounta dam was constructed, is located southeast of the village. Due to the relatively large tract of land that is irrigated, almost of the produces that are grown are, cereals and legumes, forage plants, vegetables (mainly cucumbers, tomatoes, and from the melon family), very few grapevines, citrus-fruits, a few fruit-trees, bananas, almond-trees, and olive trees are also cultivated.

 

The settlement of Argaka has two parts. There is Pano Argaka (Upper) and Kato Argaka (Lower). Upper Argaka represents the old settlement while Lower Argaka, which followed the Polis Pomos Nicosia road, is the new, linear-type settlement. The houses of the old settlement are mostly traditional, made with hewed limestone or with igneouspebbles. Because of the stream that crosses it (known as the River of Argaka), of the slope upon which it is built,and of the road through which it connects with the new settlement by the sea, the settlement of Argaka can be characterized as a relatively sparsely structured one. Argaka is located between the sea and a pine forest. While Lower Argaka stands next to the sea, Upper Argaka stands upon the slope with an excellent view towards the sea. It is not surprising because Argaka is covered by urban-planning zones.

Baths of Aphrodite

The Goddess of Love used to take her bath in a cool pond near Polis. The place is known as "Baths of Aphrodite" and provides a magnificent view of the Bay of Polis. According to legend, after swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bay, Aphrodite used to bathe in this pond, surrounded by idyllic landscape with the sweet smelling wild flowers. It is here that she met her beloved Adonis for the first time. Adonis was hunting in the Akamas forest when stopped over the wonderful spring to quench his thirst. He was struck by the sight of the naked goddess bathing in the crystal waters. Aphrodite and Adonis were instantly bewitched by each other's extraordinary beauty

Latsi / Latchi

Latsi/Latchi with its coastal paved walk, is the picturesque harbour of Polis, known throughout Cyprus for its fresh fish. In the past it served as a small port for shipping carobs. The old stone carob warehouses have been converted into restaurants, fish taverns and places of recreation. From Latsi, travellers to Polis can go on short cruises to the Akamas , a must for all visitors. At Latsi there are also water sport facilities.

Akamas Peninsula

The Akamas Peninsula on the north - western part of Cyprus is a unique area, both geologically and physiographically and with regard to Flora and Fauna. Almost all the geological formations of Cyprus can be found here, resulting in a real geological mosaic. For this reason, the Akamas peninsula is endowed with a unique biodiversity, habitats and ecosystems.

 

The largest part of the area is covered with a unique natural Para - Mediterranean ecosystem where the bushes and shrubs alternate with phrygana or garique, maquis and open pine forests. Of particular importance is the fact that the area constitutes the eastern most point where many European plant species can be found. For example Arbutusunedo known throughout Western Europe can be found nowhere else in Cyprus but in the Akamas. The uniqueness of the flora stem mainly from unparalleled endemic wealth. In the Akamas there are 530 indigenous plants, of which about 35 are endemic, out of a total of 127 endemic species throughout Cyprus. Some of these plants are endemic to the area. Alyssum akamasicum and Centaurea akamantis have taken their name from the area itself, while species such as Centaurea veneris, Tulipa cypria, Gladiolus triphyllus and many others are found either exclusively or chiefly in the Akamas peninsula.

Avakas Gorge

As regards fauna, the endemic Glaucopsyche Paphos butterfly can be considered the emblem of the area. Until recently the Mediterranean seal Manachus Monachus bred in the inaccessible caves of the peninsula, while on the remote beaches of Lara, the sea turtles Caretta Caretta and Chelonia Mydas continue to breed in large numbers.

The uniqueness of the Akamas is due not only to the indisputable charm of the natural landscape, but also to its cultural and mythological wealth. the area is strewn with romantic spots, most of which are connected with Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and beauty, known in antiquity - according to Hommer - as Kypris, Pafia or Anadyomeni (born of the waves) as legend has that she emerged out of the sea of Pafos.

Fontana Amaroza

As far as Fontana Amaroza is concerned, many disagree on whether it should be identified with Aphrodite's Baths. Fontana Amaroza is marked as being a lot higher up in the Akamas peninsula than Aphrodite's baths. Perhaps some research ought to be done and maybe today's vegetation cannot be the main factor of comparison with regards to all that is written. Besides, the water coming from the limestone rocks can sustain some alteration as the centuries go by, as indeed can the flora that is constantly threatened by a number of dangers. However, the descriptions by various writers and travellers regarding the Fountain of Love indicate that Fontana Amaroza resembled today's Aphrodite's Baths a lot.

Pomos

The visit to the offshore village of Pomos will be an experience that will remain unforgettable to our memory .There a lot of things in the village that worth for someone to see and admire the masterpieces that nature and human beings can do. Apart from the nature's tricks that created marvelous natural scenery, where the mountain and the sea join together in a fantastic background, human being is coming to add his own special stroke of the brush, in order to offer to the visitors this unique and special setting which only Pomos can offer.
The littoral place of the village contributed to the development of fishery. In the offshore area next to the Akron Pomos, there is a fishery shelter which in 1984 took in four fish boats that kept busy seven residents of the area. With state expenses since 1983 the port of the area developed significantly. The professional fishermen but the amateurs too have enclosed the area all over enjoying the fresh alluring fish.

 

The cape of Pomos or the Akron Pomos as it is more known, is in the area of Tilirias about two kilometres north of the village in which he took its name. Its formation took place because of the hard rock that is around it and which resisted the mordant energy of the waves. The route from the nearby village Nea Dillimata until the Akro Pomo is perhaps one of the most picturesque offshore routes in Cyprus. The mountain falls almost vertically to the sea while the steep slopes are covered with pines and fruit bearing trees. Besides the lacy seaside with the numerous coves and the sharp small capes give the scenery a unique picturesqueness. If you visit the area today you will meet the new villas and the unique restaurant that serves the visitors.

Boat Trips
The boat trips leaving from the nearby town Latchi are really enjoyable. The boat trips generally last a day travelling along the north coast of the Akamas Peninsula. At lunchtime the boat is moored in a turquoise cove where you are free to snorkel or relax on the boat and enjoy the excellent BBQ lunch cooked fresh. The scenery in this area is breathtaking as it is a national park and there are no big developments spoiling the view.
Chrysorroyiatissa Monastery
This beautiful monastery although not the most ornate, is my favourite in the Troodos mountains. It is found in a shady bend of the mountain road and it has wonderful peaceful views over cultivated valleys.