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Polis, or Polis-Chrysochous, is called the pearl of western Cyprus. These are places of amazing nature, where relaxation is not limited to beaches. People come here for a calm atmosphere, hiking and enjoying the surrounding landscapes. The town is located in the northwestern part of the Republic of Cyprus, near Chrysochou Bay, and is the administrative center of 23 communities. The tourism industry is well developed here, and the locals are engaged in fishing and agriculture. Polis is often chosen by travelers attracted by the Akamas Peninsula nature reserve. Yachting competitions and fish fairs are held here. The location of the town is ideal as a transit point for trekking and cycling.

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History of Polis

In ancient times, the settlement was called Marion. Little is known about it, although archaeological finds indicate that the area was a fairly developed trading port. The city was later weakened by frequent raids. In the Hellenistic period, Marion is already mentioned as a large settlement of Arsinoe, which was destroyed during the next Arab conquest. Today, Polis is a typical Cypriot town with beautiful architecture, old streets and a cozy atmosphere. Here, just like many centuries ago, they are engaged in fishing and handicrafts.


Climate and weather in Polis

Polis is located in the southwest of the island and is surrounded by the Troodos mountains. Therefore, during the hot months it can be a little cooler here than in the open areas of Cyprus. In general, the air temperature in Polis remains the same as on the entire island. In winter - at least 15-16°C, in the middle of summer - up to 38°C. Whirlwinds can rise on the open coast. Precipitation is quite low and warm, sunny weather persists. Most of the rain in these places falls on the mountainous territory.


What to do in Polis

In addition to a beach holiday, in the town itself you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Marion-Arsinoe, which presents collections from the Neolithic to the present, dedicated to the development and formation of Polis. There are ruins of the Georgian Orthodox monastery Galia near the city.

Akamas reserve

The central place to visit, of course, is Akamas Peninsula National Park, for which many tourists go to rest in the west of Cyprus. Hiking and cycling trails lead from Polis along the picturesque paths of the peninsula, while the surrounding natural beauty and rich vegetation delight with diversity. If you don’t have much time on Akamas, you can travel along it on a rented ATV or car. On the territory of the reserve there are several interesting places that should not be missed. While traveling, look in travel brochures for:

  • Path of Aphrodite.
  • Blue lagoon.
  • Akavas Gorge.
  • Bath of Aphrodite.

How to get there: the reserve is located just 8 kilometers from Polis. Traveling by car will be much more convenient. If you are in the mood for a trip to Akamas by public transport, from the stop Polis Chrysoxous bus number 622 runs several times a day.


Latchi village

The resort Polis and the small village of Latchi are connected by a long promenade with cozy taverns. Walking to the village in the form of diversity is not difficult. Latchi is considered a fishing village, with its own small harbor and the extraordinary atmosphere of the Cypriot hinterland. A visit to the village is often combined with excursions to local wineries and trips to the Akamas nature reserve. In Latchi there are places to eat, and several hotels are open.

By the harbour, you can see a modern statue of Queen Regina, which has a central place in Cypriot legends and retellings. From here follow the sea tours along the Akamas peninsula.

Beach holidays in Polis

The two beaches of Polis and the coast of Latchi are connected by a promenade. The sand and pebble coast is in some places equipped with the infrastructure necessary for recreation. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent. Due to the size of the long beach, you can always find a secluded place. Clean, clear water and a gentle approach, thanks to which the beaches of Polis are in demand among families with children.


Where to stay in Polis

The resort town has enough options for comfortable apartments if you decide to stay here for a couple of days. As well as several luxury hotels for basic recreation. For accommodation in Polis or nearby Latchi choose from the most popular options:

  • Anassa 5*
  • Caprice Spa Kosher Resort
  • Latchi Family Resort
  • Y&P Latchi Hotel
  • Ktima 1937 Kannides
  • Tavros Hotel
  • Souli Beach Hotel
  • Guest House Polis 1907


How to get to Polis

Polis is located 48 kilometers from Paphos airport and 170 kilometers from the main airport in Larnaca.

  • From Paphos: direct buses no. 641 and 645 depart daily from the Karavella bus station , you can also use taxi services.
  • From Larnaca: there is no bus service to Polis, so renting a car or taxi would be the best option. By bus from Larnaca to Polis can be reached with a change in the same Paphos.


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