Pomos lies in a dramatic position on the north-west coast of Cyprus, fitting tightly along the narrow coastal strip that lies at the foot of the Troodos mountains. Immediately to the north is the Turkish-Cypriot-controlled exclave of Kokkina (Erenköy in Turkish – not normally accessible to the public) and around 20 km further along the road is the Green Line that divides the island. The bustle of Paphos is a little over an hour’s drive away from this pleasant village where on a typical day life moves along at a reassuringly gentle pace.
Pomos is a good place to come for those who like to explore their natural surroundings while on holiday. The coastline is dotted with pretty coves that are perfect for exploration and secluded sunbathing, while the rock pools will provide hours of fun for young children. When it’s time to leave the beach, Pomos offers several good dining options, with the Kanali Fish Tavern at Pomos Point enjoying a good reputation for its seafood dishes.
The natural wonders of the Akamas Peninsula are only a few minutes’ drive away, making Pomos a great base from which to explore the area. You can put on your hiking boots or take a bike and explore some of the many trails that wind their way through this wild region. You’re never far from another stunning view of the Mediterranean, while the bird life in the area attracts many keen-eyed visitors – Bonelli’s eagles are one of the main attractions here.
The Troodos Mountains offer more than enough reasons to explore inland for at least a couple of days. The famous painted churches, now a UNESCO listed attraction, are Byzantine churches and monasteries that help shine a light on the early years of Cyprus’s many religious influences; one which has left an indelible mark on the island even today. The mountains are also home to the traditional wine villages, where vineyards have been cultivated for almost 5000 years. Even if you’re not a wine buff there’s plenty to discover, with the wine presses and related pottery some of the oldest surviving artefacts on the island.
While Pomos is a quiet place for most of the year, the village does get busy for a few days every summer for the International Cyprus Jazz Festival, where young musicians, mainly from London, come to Cyprus to perform in a relaxed environment late into the warm summer evenings. The event takes place at Paradise Place and attracts an audience from across the island, with accommodation in demand during the festival.
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