Polis Chrysochous (known simply as ‘Polis’) is a thriving sub-district of Pafos, located 35km North west of the city. Polis has expanded to become a popular tourist destination in its own right and ranks amongst the most naturally beautiful areas of the island.
The area’s rich history dates back to the time it used to constitute the ancient kingdoms of Marion and Arsinoe. Marion flourished during Classical times, whilst Arsinoe prospered in Roman times. Lengthy and meticulous archaeological excavations spanning over 20 years have brought to light many archaeological treasures that are now exhibited at the local Archaeological Museum.
The interesting sights of the area include the Baths of Aphrodite – a fresh water grotto shaded by a wild fig tree – where legend tells the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty would bathe.
There are also a variety of nature trails that take in rare, endemic plants and where nature lovers can spot local fauna and migrating birds.
Also noteworthy is the church of Agios Andronikos with its 16th century frescoes. The church was converted into a mosque from 1571 by the Ottomans, who also covered the frescoes up with plaster additions. After 1974, the Antiquities Department painstakingly uncovered the wall paintings in a delicate and time consuming process, and restored them to their former glory for visitors to admire once more.
With its unrivalled natural beauty, Polis Chrysochous is also a favourite spot for camping, and its campsite is located in a fragrant eucalyptus forest that borders a Blue Flag pebble beach.
The campsite and beach also herald the start of a picturesque coastal walkway that leads to Latchi Harbour, which is known locally for its wonderful fresh fish, served at the surrounding restaurants.
Latchi is a sleepy port of Cyprus, where the fishermen still bring in the fresh catch of the morning and supply those who get up early that day.
In the past few years due to it’s evergrowing facilities and amenities, Latchi has become a favourite stopping point.
Once a tiny fishing harbour, Latchi, it has grown considerably over the past couple of years, yet still retains its unique charm. It is situated on the north west of the island close to the Akamas peninsula.
Latchi is named after the old Greek word for water hole or well – “lakki”.
Many years ago, local farmers would bring their livestock down from the hills en route to market and stop for a coffee at Latchi. There were several “lakkis” available for their animals to get fresh water…and so the little town got its name.
Tavernas fill up the quayside offering the local speciality Fish Meze and still at a very good price, unlike the other harbours around the island.
Polis is the closet town, situated just 2km away from the harbour and with 2 large supermarkets and various other shops and restaurants.