Nestled halfway between Asia and Europe and surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean, Cyprus is an island of unbeatable beauty. Middle Eastern influences and Greek character permeate its culture, architecture and history. Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with its golden coast, lush countryside and picture-postcard villages. Polis is one such village. Part of the Paphos district, it was called Marion by the Mycenaeans and was the site of warfare between Alexander the Great’s successors, Antigonus and Ptolemy. Yet there are only a few ruins scattered around the vibrant village’s surroundings to remind us of its tumultuous history.
Today, Polis is one of Cyprus’s quieter resorts. Tucked away in the north-west coast, it offers travellers a slice of paradise where they can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and kick back and relax. Stunning beaches embodying Cyprus’s rugged beauty, nature trails in the looming Troodos mountains, colourful boutiques and delicious restaurants are just some of the things you can expect of this pretty little town. Close to picturesque Latchi and Argaka villages and a short bus or drive to bustling Paphos, it caters to lovers of peace and quiet and party animals alike.
Though Polis is perfect for a relaxing getaway, it doesn’t mean it’s short of excitement. We recommend spending a night camping at the famous campsite by the beach – the little ones will especially love this! There are also plenty of opportunities for water sports fun, discovering Cyprus’s history and sampling her sumptuous delights.
A holiday to Polis is really a holiday to both Polis and Latchi. The two villages are a mere 7k apart and holidaymakers tend to spend their time divided between the Polis’ pretty beach and modern amenities, and the Latchi’s bustling main square and seafood restaurants. Locals will make everybody feel welcome, but couples and families will especially enjoy staying here. There’s even a disco if you fancy a little boogie after a glass of wine – or two – on one of the bars in the recently built marina.Argaka
For those who really want to get off the beaten track, we recommend staying in Argaka. Nestled between the Mediterranean and lush green pine forests, it’s an oasis of tranquillity where holidaymakers can truly kick back and relax, while enjoying both Cyprus’s coast and its nature. If you do decide to stay in this pretty village, we recommend renting a car. Polis is only 8km away, but it’s a steep hill on the way back!Paphos
The birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and passion, Paphos is a vibrant town where old and new meet and mingle. With its urban beach, a history that goes back to the Neolithic era, and a vibrant nightlife complete with swanky bars and beach-side tavernas, Paphos truly has something for everyone.
Exploring PolisSoak up the sun
There are many beautiful beaches within easy reach of Polis, and most of them hold the coveted European seal for clean water and excellent amenities, the Blue Flag. Polis Municipal Beach is a mix of golden sand and little pebbles, with plenty of water sports to enjoy, and loungers to kick back and relax. The camping site beach is easily reached by bus and is a great place to meet people and soak up the lively atmosphere. Of course, we recommend visiting Aphrodite’s beach and Aphrodite’s Rock to pay homage to Paphos’s most famous goddess – and take a dip in the waters from which she sprang.Get your culture hat on
There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Cyprus’s history and embark on a journey of discovery of Cypriot culture while you’re in Polis. Couples won’t want to miss the Baths of Aphrodite, a cave where you’ll find stunning natural pools – where, according to myth, Aphrodite took her baths. Agios Andronikos, the former mosque turned sixteenth century village church, is also a must visit, as is the Archaelogical Museum.Horse riding
What better place for a ride than in beautiful Cyprus surrounded by the azure Mediterranean? George’s Ranch offers holidaymakers from all levels the chance to explore Polis’s surroundings while making a new friend! We recommend doing a family ride to the Salt Caves.Explore Akamas Peninsula National Park
Nature lovers, twitchers and amateur photographers will enjoy this unspoilt heaven of natural beauty. Kids will also love the rich flora and fauna, including the odd turtle in the Lara turtle nesting beach.
Like Cyprus’s location, her cuisine is a cross between Asian and European influences. Greek and Middle Eastern flavours are sprinkled with a healthy dose of Mediterranean influence, giving Cypriot’s dishes that trademark of simple fresh ingredients used in simple, yet delicious ways. Meze and halloumi are some of the delicacies you can expect, but we do recommend trying the tasty Cypriot dessert Ekmek Kadayif.Polis Restaurants
Polis’s restaurant scene will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. From family-run tavernas in the main square – perfect to meet some locals and experience a taste of traditional Cyprus – to the famous and aromatic seafood eateries of Latchi, foodies have plenty to choose from.
Visit Polis and experience the laid back side of Cyprus. A beach resort that still retains its old fishing village charm, it will capture the imagination of every holidaymaker.
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If Polis doesn’t catch your eye, have a look at more Cyprus destinations for further inspiration.