If you’re looking for celebrity endorsement of somewhere to go on holiday, you can’t get much better than Aphrodite. Not only did she hail from the north west of Cyprus (according to certain accounts) but it was here that she would meet her great love Adonis and they would spend their time in the hills around what is now the town of Polis Chrysochous. Even now you can visit the Baths of Aphrodite, high above Polis. While you may not get too much insight into the life of the Goddess of Love, you will at least be able to enjoy some marvellous views on what is a strenuous but rewarding walk.
We may doubt the veracity of Greek mythological stories but there is little doubt that the area has been settled for many thousands of years. The previous name of Polis (Marion) is mentioned in Egyptian inscriptions that date back over 3,000 years. Nowadays the residents of Polis go about their everyday business at the same gentle pace that has changed little over the years, while the relatively small number of visitors who come to this area can enjoy a relaxing break, with a perfect combination of sandy beaches,small shops and traditional tavernas.
One of the major reasons to come to this unspoilt part of Cyprus is to explore the remote Akamas Peninsula. It is a natural wilderness, perhaps one of the last coastal areas on the island that has not seen extensive hotel construction. There are few roads on the peninsula. In fact until a few years ago the area was used for bombing practice by the British military; hardly good for the wildlife but at least it kept the developers away. Now the Akamas Peninsula is home to a large proportion of Cyprus’s indigenous flora – walking trails allow visitors to experience this beautiful area and see a very different side of Cyprus.
The fishing village of Pomos
For a good base from which to explore Polis and the Akamas Peninsula, the village of Pomos offers fine holiday villas in a spectacular setting. Pomos itself is a small village with a picturesque harbour, which becomes the hive of activity when the fishing boats come in with their catch. It’s only around 20km from Polis and all of the area’s attractions make easy day trips if you have a car. It remains untouched by the advances of 21st century tourism and offers a taste of the old ways of Cypriot life. The beaches around the village are a mix of sand and stone, often black in colour and with many rock pools which are perfect for young children who like exploring.