The area around the town of Polis in the north western tip of Cyprus, is possibly one of the most beautiful parts of the island, a place where legend has it Aphrodite once roamed, and perfect throughout the year for both short weekend visits, as well as for longer stays. This is the place to come to relax, as life here continues at a gentle pace.
It’s not surprising that the Polis region together with the rest of the Pafos district have been chosen as a Top 20 most green and in harmony with nature destination, as well as a Destination of Excellence in “Accessible Tourism”, part of the EDEN project promoting sustainable tourism development model-destinations across the European Union. In addition a large part of the Polis region, and the Akamas area in particular, are part of the EU-wide network of nature protection areas, Natura 2000.
This is the place to appreciate nature at its best. With the Troodos mountains as a backdrop opening up onto the magnificent sweep of the bay, the land along the coast is typically Mediterranean dotted with olive and carob trees, hidden coves and rugged promontories, fishing ports and hinterland villages. A hike or cycle along specially created nature trails will take you past rare endemic plants, like the Cyprus orchid, tulip and crocus. Stop to watch as a hawk glides overhead or listen to the owls call at night. Visit picturesque villages nestling in the hills, or take a jeep safari into the Akamas nature park. The region offers great opportunities for taking fantastic photographs of breathtaking views and beautiful sunsets. You might catch sight of green or loggerhead turtles who nest on any of the beaches around the bay.