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Troodos Mountains

Troodos mountains should not be overlooked – there are lots of lovely top offs to explore on the ascent, the highlights for us are:

Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

Omodos is a beautiful village located in a valley just before Kato Platres.  It is rich in history, has beautiful back streets, craft shops, side alleys and stone-built monastery – one of our favourite villages which is well worth a visit.  Pop into the house of Socrates if you get the chance, he’s a real character!  Googlemap Link.

Mount Olympos is the highest point of the mountains – pop to the top for some beautiful views, walks and even skiing in the winter season!  Googlemap Link.

verrengariaFor something different, drive to Prodromos village (near Pano Platres) where you can explore the huge abandoned ”Vereggaria Hotel“. Googlemap Link.

Other villages worth a visit: Kakopetria, Kalopanagiotis, Lofou, Lefkara, Pano Platres.

Venetian Bridge Trails – Paphos Forest

There are many hidden Venetian bridges around Cyprus, but the 3 most famous of which (Kelephos, Roudias and Elias) run along a trail of around 11km in the Diarizos Valley in Paphos Forest.  A beautiful walk in the peaceful valley, or equally beautiful drive – see if you can spot all 3 bridges.

Click here to read more on our Blog post, including a link to a great map which outlines all the bridges.

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Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina was completed in 2014, and is one of the most impressive projects in Cyprus to date.  It is a lovely spot for an afternoon wander where you can fantasize about the yacht of your dreams.  Grab a coffee and watch the world go by, or get a bite to eat in one of the beautiful seafood restaurants.

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Not far from the Marina is the old town of Limassol which hosts the old medieval castle, where Richard the Lionheart wed Berengaria of Navarre in the Middle ages, but nowadays houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum.  There are some beautiful eateries nearby (we would recommend any of the Carob Mill restaurants next to the castle), and we would definitely recommend a walk along the cobbled back streets where you are sure to find some souvenir and craft shops.

Googlemap Link to Limassol Marina / Googlemap Link to Limassol Medieval Castle.

Pissouri Village

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Have a coffee or a drink in O’Vrakas Tavern in the pretty village square and watch the world go by with the locals by day.  Take the time to wonder around this picturesque village where the backstreets and old buildings paint a lovely picture of village life in Cyprus.  Pissouri Bay is also a beautiful spot for a coffee, and the pebbled beach here is a great option for sunbathing or watersports for the more adventurous.

Village: Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and follow the B6 passing APHRODITE’S ROCK until you reach the outskirts of Pissouri.  Take the right hand turning next to a small garden shop.  At the top of the hill take the first lane left for easy parking.  A few minutes walk brings you to the cobbled village square below the church. Googlemap image.

Bay: Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and follow the B6 passing APHRODITE’S ROCK until you reach the outskirts of Pissouri.  Follow the road passed the Police Station (on your left) and follow the road for around 3km until you reach the turn off for the Bay (on your right).  Googlemap link. 

Watersports & Boat Hire – Latchi

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Head over to Latchi and hire out some watersports near the island’s beautiful Akamas peninsula – jet skis, inflatables, watersport lessons, parasailing and boat hire. Hiring a boat as a family from Latchi is one of our most recommended day trips – you can truly get away from it all and have amazing fun at sea and swimming in the aptly named Blue Lagoon never disappoints. Tom and his team at Latchi Watersports Centre have all the equipment you could wish for – the kids will have a blast, and we’re sure the adults will too!

* Read our full, personal, review of Latchi Watersports here *

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Top Ten – Great things to do in Cyprus

10 great things to do in Cyprus – Sample local delights, take a dive, then pop a cork in a wine village.

1. Dive the Zenobia
This 120 metre Swedish liner went down just outside Larnaka harbour in 1980. It is a haven for aquatic life and
is perfectly preserved, a must if you are a scubadiver as it is one of the top ten wrecks in the world.

2. Mountain biking in the Troodos
The climate, terrain, views and mountainous nature of the Troodos mountains make it perfect for mountain biking. Hire bikes & tours
are a must if you’re into pedal power.

3. Snow to sand
In winter months (Jan – Mar) it is possible to hit the slopes in the morning on skis, then spend the afternoon on the beach. Be warned, this could be cold but it earns you great bragging rights!

4. Gaze across the Green Line
The island’s capital (Nicosia) has only recently emerged as a tourist destination, thanks to the opening of the Green Line (the no-go area also known as the ‘dead zone’ that divides Cypriot and Turkish areas) at Ledra street.  Make sure to take your passport in order to cross the border.

5. Visit the Blue Lagoon
Hire a motorboat in Latsi and set off on a solo trip round the picturesque peninsula. Snorkelling, dolphin-watching and sea turtle-spotting is an exhilarating experience in this beautiful oasis.

6. Take an end of summer dip
September is the perfect time for a dip in the Med. Head to Kourion Beach, soak up the rays then cool off in the balmy waters with a swim.

7. Eat big
Choose a good local taverna, find a seat & chow down! The meze consists of 20 courses – vegetarian, meat or fish mezes are available and are big social events with the locals.

8. Walk off the cobwebs
Cyprus has some beautiful walks on offer, with stunning views. Coastal walks, mountainous walks and more. Spring & autumn are the nicest times for walks.

9. Go archaeological
Visit the Paphos Mosaics including the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus & Aion. Head to Kourion (or Curium) – ancient city kingdom of 2nd century AD.

10. Wine taste
More than 50 boutique wineries are dotted across the Troodos Mountains, a day sampling their products is thoroughly recommended.

Blue Lagoon

  Blue Lagoon

Ski Slopes in Troodos

    Ski Slopes in Troodos

There are lots of great wineries in Cyprus

There are lots of great wineries in Cyprus

Fasouri Watermania – Limassol

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If you are young, or still aspire to be, Fasouri Waterpark is for you.  It boasts speed slides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddies pool and a big, inflatable dome to keep you wet and weary all day long..will you brave the kamikaze?!

There is also a good choice of eateries, where you can indulge in mini-donuts, crepes and icecreams (or a smoothie for the health-conscious!).

Fasouri is our preferred waterpark on the island because it is safe, clean, renovated annually and well manned with qualified lifeguards.

Shuttle bus from Aphrodite Hills Resort is available: times and details coming soon.

Directions: Take the A6 motorway to Limassol, getting off before the 1st flyover at the 1st roundabout (signposted port). Head towards the port, turn right at traffic lights, follow signs for waterpark.  Googlemap image.

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Polis and Latchi

Approx. 40 mins. drive north of Paphos you will find Polis and Latchi (Latsi on maps).

Polis is busy in high season, but worth a stop and a coffee in the village square. A 10 min drive to the West you will find Latsi, a beautiful fishing village with a picturesque harbour, a lovely spot for lunch – particularly for seafood options.  Visit one of the sandy beaches for a relaxing day of sunbathing and snorkelling.  The ‘secret’ beach down the cliff edge (lots of steps!) of the Aphrodite Beach restaurant is great and is also really close to the entry of the Baths of Aphrodite as well as the starting point of two wonderful walks (Adonis Trail / Aphrodite Baths Trail)

The 'secret beach' at Latchi

The ‘secret beach’ at Latchi

The coastline is very pretty, and is where the Akamas peninsular begins in the north. The long beach is great for children to run around and kite flying is a favourite here for the locals. Googlemap Link for Polis / Googlemap Link for Latsi.

Nicosia

The old town is a higgledy piggledy area of small streets, abandoned buildings, wonderful old balustrades, doorways and small shops. Ledra street is a pedestrianised street full of lovely shops and cafes, and from here you can go on foot for a trip over the border (which is quite relaxed these days, but you must take your passport to cross the border) to the Turkish side (officially known as the occupied territories).

Other hot spots include walking alongside the Venetian walls which surround the old town, and also the Hamam Omerye in old town which is a completely renovated 14th-century building where you can have an authentic Hamam experience!

Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards Limassol. Follow signs to Nicosia (Lefkosia) which will take just under 2 hours. Stay on the same road which runs into Archbishop Makarios Avenue and either park in the Hilton Hotel car park (left), or continue to the centre past main shops (M&S, Mango etc), and park in car park on the left. The OLD TOWN is found behind the Holiday Inn.  Googlemap Link for Ledras.

Larnaka and Ayia Napa

Larnaka
Salt lakes where the flamingos stop on their migration. Pleasant sea front. 1 hour drive.

Hala Sultan Tekke historical mosque – built in 1816 on the site of a sacred shrine.

Ayia Napa
Good water park. Best beaches in Protaras. All the above are about a 2 – 2.5 hours drive.

Kakopetria – Troodos

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This scenic drive up into the Troodos to Kakopetria takes about an hour and a half. Park in the centre and enjoy the back streets and cobbled alleys in the old quarter. There are several churches in the area with well preserved frescoes. Cross the river and have lunch in THE MILL where the speciality is localtrout.

Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and take the motorway towards Limassol. Take the B8 through Trimiklini. (Outskirts of Limassol). Googlemap Link.

Artist’s Village Tour

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Take the motorway towards Limassol and get off at the Polemidia exit. Take the B8 to Troodos. MONAGRI is approx. 13 miles from Limassol, and here you will find the 12C Monastery of Archangelos.

The village church is now used as a gallery for local artists. Further up the B8 is a right hand turn to LANIA, a charming village with pretty cottages and alleys. Here there are several artist studios and galleries. Saturday is when most are open.

Back on the B8 and follow signs to PLATRES (TSIAKKAS WINERY is en route in Pelendria). Pano Platres is 1,150m high and LAMBOURI WINERY can be found here, along with PSILODENDRO TROUT FARM (lunches available). Next to the trout farm is the start of the KALEDONIAN NATURE TRAIL.

Anogyra

Anogyra is a pretty, stone village with a ruined monastery, OLIVE OIL MUSEUM with tasting and NICOLAIDES WINERY.

Turn left out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards LIMASSOL. Take the turning off to Anogyra/Avdimou. Just at the end of the village turn left. Follow the signs for Anogyra which you should reach in 20 mins. Googlemap Link.

 

Kolios Winery

Day Trip - BarrelsVisit Kolios to discover some of the island’s best wines and learn about the process that goes into making them. Lunch is a popular option but booking required. Wine boxes here are good value, but do try the wine first!

Turn right out of Aphrodite Hills and get on the motorway towards Paphos. Go past the airport turning and turn off at signs to Troodos/Agia Varvara (E606). Follow the road up into the hills for approx 35mins. (You will pass through several small villages, and see some wonderful views.) Finally you will come to STATOS AGIOS FOTOS and the winery will be on your left hand side.
Continue along this road a couple of miles and you will come to CHRISORROGIATISSA Monastery. It is worth a wander around this peaceful enclave. For a full day out, continue up into the Troodos to KYKKOS MONASTERY.

Kouklia

Day Trip - KoukliaA visit to APHRODITE’S SANCTUARY is recommended and also the small PANAGIA KATHOLIKI CHURCH which is opposite. There is a small family run SNAKE FARM in the village showing local snakes of Cyprus, not for the faint hearted!

Turn right from Aphrodite Hills and continue along the B6 for about 3 miles. Follow signs to Kouklia up hill on right hand side.  Googlemap link.

 

Paphos Harbour

The harbour is a popular spot for lunch, where you might even catch a glimpse of the local pelicans strolling along the pedestrian area.  There are various options for boat trips and boat hire here.  A visit to the MOSAICS is really interesting, the entrance is between the harbour and parking area, allow one or two hours.  Tomb of the Kings is also recommended.  The Old Town has a charming indoor market, which is about a 10 minute drive up the hill from the harbour.

Turn right out of Aphrodite Hills and follow the signs to Kato Paphos. Turn right when you reach the Amathus Beach Hotel, and follow the sea along to the harbour area (Parking on right hand side).  Googlemap link.

 

Arkoudaleia

Arkoudaleia is a quaint hill village surrounded by vineyards. The HERB GARDEN is worth a visit followed by a trip to STERNA WINERY not far away. A further 5 min drive brings you to Kriton Terra where you can take a 4k walk into a deep canyon. VASILIKON WINERY is also nearby. Monstakallis Tavern recommended for lunch.

From Paphos, take the B7 to Polis. Through Stroumbi village and turn left for Kathikas. Follow signs to Pano Akourdaleia.

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Kourion

Day Trip - Kourion

Kourion archaeological site is a must-visit if you are into history.  There are acres of well preserved columns, mosaics and archaeological remains to explore plus an impressive amphitheatre (which still hosts concerts to date) with stunning views over KOURION BEACH and the sea.  Kourion beach is beautiful and very sandy, but the sea is a little choppy.  Chris blue bar (middle restaurant) is great for brunch or lunch if you are peckish.

Turn left out of the resort and stay on the B6 all the way through Episkopi (UK army base, about a 30 min drive). About 4 miles further turn right into KOURION. (Small payment at gate). Googlemap link.

 

Eco Tour Adventures

 

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Eco Tour Adventures offer a selection of tours which are a fantastic, insightful and easy way for you to discover some of the hidden treasures of the island.  They are our favourite tour company and Andreas, the owner, offers guests all of his local knowledge; he knows all the historical sites, off-the-beaten-track hot spots, wineries and hidden restaurants.  Various car seats are available for kids as well.

If you are staying at Aphrodite Hills then EcoTour Adventures can offer a pick-up service from your holiday home, making it the easiest way to get out there and see some more of the Cyprus that we love.

There are two main tours available: Troodos Mountains EcoTour Adventure and Akamas Coastal EcoTour Adventure  (see details below), however Andreas also offers customised private tours which are tailored to your interests; call Andreas for a chat to discuss what he can offer.

AKAMAS – with EcoTour Adventures:

Another of our favourite destinations in Cyprus is the Akamas Peninsula National Park (230 square kilometres of pure beauty, and one of only 22 areas of endemism in Europe).

‘Roads’ here are not tarmacked, so book a trip with EcoTour Adventures to get the best insight and knowledge of the area.  Each tour is an individual adventure so the route and stops may vary according to weather conditions/times/distances.Here is a typical example of a tour that gives you a good feel for the day:

Once collected you will drive to Akamas via the Paphos coast – first stop will be a short walk up Akavas Gorge – onto Lara Beach for a swim and a look into the turtle conservation area – drive through villages to a hand picked restaurant for lunch – visit the mythological Baths of Aphrodite, and stop off at a secluded beach for a swim in crystal clear waters (weather permitting). If enough time on the way back, stop for a short break at a typical Cypriot coffee shop.

The Akamas tour is just one of the tours that EcoTour Adventures provides: you can also book tours to Troodos Mountains and private tours which are tailored to your interests – they know all the historical sites, off-the-beaten-track hot spots, small family run wineries, hidden waterfalls and so much more. EcoTour Adventures take pride in showing their guests the ‘authentic Cyprus’. Various car seats for kids are available.

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