Winter Sunshine is not just Sea & Sand

Take me there: Akamas, Cyprus

Why go? Don’t let the images of binge-drinking Brits in Ayia Napa put you off Cyprus. In the far west of the island, the Akamas peninsula is a protected area of juniper and pine forests, rocky gorges and wild beaches where you’re more likely to spot a loggerhead turtle than a Union Jack beach towel.

What to do The peninsula is criss-crossed by hiking and biking trails. Popular walks include the signposted Adonis and Aphrodite trails and the Avakas gorge where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see wild goats. Take a boat trip from Latchi harbour to snorkel in the crystalline waters of the Blue Lagoon. Look out for sea turtles on Lara Beach, a remote and untamed stretch of golden sand.

Where to stay Prestige Bookings can offer a range of luxury villas with private pools around the Coral Bay and Akamas area. From 3 bedroom to 5 bedroom, all the villas are fully equipped and offer a quality time holiday spent with family and friends. Check out all our luxury villas on

Where to eat Psachorai Fish Tavern in Agios Georgios is the place to go for fresh seafood – the owner’s uncle is a fisherman. For traditional Cypriot home cooking, the Sunday lunch buffet at the Gustoso restaurant in Paphos is something of a local institution.

Insider tip A visit to Heaven on Earth Herbals in the beautiful village of Pano Akourdhalia ( “It was set up by herbalist Caroline Evans to supply organic health products,” she says. “You can relax in the herb gardens, visit the apothecary and enjoy a cup of herbal tea and slice of chilli and chocolate cake in the café. There’s a monthly farmer’s market and activities for children, too.”

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