The people of Cyprus are warm, friendly and naturally hospitable, and it is a genuine pleasure for us to welcome visitors – perhaps because they have been doing just that for thousands of years. As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with its unique proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus has been coveted, won and lost by countless civilisations over the centuries.
Since the Mycenaean Greeks settled here over 3,000 years ago establishing the Greek civilisation on the island, we have seen Phoenicians, Romans, Crusaders, Franks, Venetians and other conquerors who have all left their mark here and helped to shape the island's special character.
Aphrodite, mythological goddess of beauty, was born in the foam of our warm seas, and spawned a huge cult in pagan times. Cyprus is an island of great beauty and endless variety. Golden beaches and rugged coastline are contrasted by the impressive backdrop of unusual mountain ranges.
Greek temples, roman remains, Byzantine churches and crusader castles inspire fascinating excursions.
The whole town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world heritage. Wherever one treads in Paphos one comes across its glorious history which dates back thousands of years, when the cult of goddess Aphrodite who emerged from its seas, flourished in this beautiful part of the world attracting many visitors from inland and abroad.
Today it is a small harbour town, but in Hellenistic and Roman times it was the capital of Cyprus. Still under the spell of her Beauty- goddess, the area retaining her magic has remained intact by time. It seduces its visitor with its majestic landscape, lovely coastline, historical treasures and delightful villages where tradition is still a way of life. Kept in harmony with nature are divine medieval monasteries which lie peacefully in the Paphos heartland.
Renowned for its superb sandy beaches, Coral Bay is a delightful resort situated 12kms from Paphos. The main road is lined with a small but ample selection of shops, restaurants, banks and bars giving you everything you need for a relaxing holiday without losing any of its local charm.
Life here tends to be based around the sandy bay with calm shallow waters making it ideal for children. Also offering a wide selection of water sports it is perfect for all the family.
Sea Caves/ St George
The Sea Caves area was once rural and barren land. Over recent years it has changed dramatically. Now it is one of the finest residential areas on the Island offering some of the most exclusive villas in Cyprus. This is not surprising when you consider its breathtaking rugged coastline and small sandy coves with crystal clear Mediterranean waters. Sunsets in this region are simply magical.
Further along you will discover the pretty, tiny picturesque fishing harbour of St George with a small sand/shingle beach. A perfect spot for snorkelling and scuba diving, topping up your tan or enjoying the local specialty "fish meze" in one of the selection of small family run tavernas.
Polis / Latchi
Located North of Paphos town and approximately a 30 minute drive away, Polis is an ideal holiday location for the select few who appreciate authenticity and seek peace and tranquillity. It has a pleasant and relaxing environment, which blends mountains, sea and plain with a wonderful healthy climate.
Dotted with citrus groves, overlooking turquoise seas, Polis is the least developed beach resort in the south of Cyprus. It is the perfect base, offering easy access to the varied landscapes of rocky promontories, lush meadows, rugged forests, sleepy monasteries and quiet beaches comprising the largely unspoilt western region of Cyprus. Polis looks across Chrysochou bay to the Akamas Peninsula, a nature conservation area complete with hiking trails steeped in mythological legends.
Life in polis revolves around the colourful bustling square, with a fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Local shops, banks, supermarkets etc make it a quaint and friendly resort, ideal for those who want modern conveniences but retaining its true Cypriot charm and hospitality.
A few kilometres from Polis is the beautiful picturesque harbour of Latchi, lined with an excellent selection of fresh sea food restaurants, it’s an ideal spot to relax and enjoy a fantastic meal or refreshing drink whilst looking out over the crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Akamas / Lara
The Akamas national park is a splendid 155sq km area of hills and rocky shores, and a habitat for species of flora and fauna unique to the Mediterranean. Only a few dirt tracks penetrate the peninsula, only fit for four-wheel drive vehicles, although nature trails have been established for walkers.
The beaches at Lara are splendid, these being two sandy sections on either side of a bushy headland. The northern one is the most extensive. Here the coast faces due west, towards the open Mediterranean, and the waves tend to be bigger.
As wonderful scenery is, Lara has another claim to fame. Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the golden sands. Access to these shores by land is poor, the track from Agios Georgios being too rough for cars. The perfect way to see this coastal strip is by boat from Paphos.