Westwards

Up in the hills west of Polis lie several picturesque villages, each with a character of its own.

Neo Chorio with its restored stone houses and spectacular views leads into the Akamas forest area with picnic sites and nature trails. Kritou Tera also has beautiful renovated traditional houses and the Byzantine church of Agia Ekaterini on its outskirts.

Further up is the Laona area, a plateau ideal for the cultivation of vines through which you can travel along the wine routes and enjoy the beautiful views. Ineia has a basket museum, Drouseia, with its sandstone rock formation of great geological interest, has a weaving museum, a living museum and park. Arodhes offers spectacular views over the west side of Akamas. Kato Akourdaleia has a folk art museum and Pano Akourdaleia a herb garden and open market on the first Sunday of every month.

Be sure to check out the Kouyiouka traditional watermill and folkloric museum on the Polis to Pafos road to discover traditional Cypriot products and production methods as well as folk art and crafts.

Giolou is known for its almonds, which are a wonderful sight when they bloom in February.