Located a short drive from Coral Bay (approx 35km), Polis & Latchi offer an amazing day out for friends and family alike. This rural / coastal region is probably one of the best-kept secrets of the Mediterranean. Here you can visit Latchi harbour, the Baths of Aphrodite, Akamas nature reserve, and miles and miles of uncrowded beach, Take a drive along the coast road to discover many quaint villages, local restaurants, and small fishing ports where the fish in the restaurants doesnt get any fresher than this. Why not visit one of the last nesting grounds for green and loggerhead turtles, whose numbers have greatly increased thanks to a successful conservation project on the sandy beaches of Lara.
Travelling to Polis / Latchi from Coral Bay is extremely scenic and just outside the village of Kathikas you will come across a panoramic viewpoint with amazing views of Coral Bay and all the way back to Paphos. A camera is a must for this day out. As you enter the village on the right hand side there is a donkey rescue sanctuary where the kids can take a donkey ride and feed them as well. Kathikas village is a wine growing area and there are two wineries you can visit, sample the wines and purchase some if you wish. The two wineries are Sterna and Vasilikon and both welcome visitors with open arms. The village itself is old stone buildings with cobbled streets, and has a number of superb local restaurants and bars. You might also be surprised to find that the village has two amazing gin bars as well.
On arrival in Latchi why not head straight to the Baths of Aphrodite, where underneath an old fig tree, shaded from the warm Cyprus sun, is a small natural grotto. Water flows down a wall of rock and forms a pool amongst the moss. It is here that legend says Aphrodite would come to bathe. According to Greek mythology, she met her lover Adonis at the pool when he stopped for a drink while hunting.
Next on list of stops should be Latchi harbour. Lined with coffee shops and local restaurants, here you can take a break for lunch and simply watch the world go by. Latchi Harbour is home to luxury mega yachts, private cruisers and local fishing boats, The harbour / marina is still a working fishing port where the fish severed in the restaurants comes straight from the boats. The harbour also offers a huge array of facilities to keep you entertained, some of which are listed below.
- Private yacht charters with captains, full & half day (Georges Boat Hire)
- Self-Drive boat hire from small vessels for 2 to larger ones for up to 10 (Georges Boat Hire)
- Morning and afternoon boat trips to the blue lagoon (blog post to follow), some serving a BBQ lunch
- Evening sunset cruises (some with firework show)
- Diving for all levels (including introduction to diving courses)
- Watersports of every description (Latchi Watersports)
- Quad bike & Buggy safari tours and self-hire (we recommend you visit STS motofun
- La plage fish tavern beach bar offers amazing food (fresh fish and meat dishes) just 200m from the harbour directly on the beach.
After lunch and a little siesta on the beach, take a drive through Polis and along the coast road to Argaka and Pomis. Here you will find miles of unspoilt coastline and beaches to enjoy as well as the picturesque fishing port in Pomis. Stop off at limanaki pier along the way back where you can jump off into the crystal clear warm waters of the Mediterranean. Whenever you decide, Coral Bay and your Luxury Prestige Bookings villa is a mere 35 minutes drive back through the scenic village and winelands.
Baths of Aphrodite coastline
Polis Coastal Drive