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    Boat Trip

    by HollieHolden Written Apr 14, 2005

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    The boat trips leaving from the nearby town Latchi are really enjoyable. The boat trips generally last a day travelling along the north coast of the Akamas Peninsula. At lunchtime the boat is moored in a turquoise cove where you are free to snorkel or relax on the boat and enjoy the excellent BBQ lunch cooked fresh. The scenery in this area is breathtaking as it is a national park and there are no big developments spoiling the view.

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    • Sailing and Boating

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    The Wine Route....Kolios Winery

    by greekcypriot Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    Situated in the Paphos district on a mountain peak, the Winery is close to the village of Ayios Photios on the way to the Monastery of Chryssoroyiatissa.

    The grapes here are hand-picked and processed with the most recent wine technology not long after they are collected.

    The plentiful sunshine on the island the great height and other important factors give excellent quality grapes with excellent taste.

    Cyprus wines have been famous since ancient times.

    Following this tradition to these days, Kolios family continues to create excellent quality wines with a feeling of responsibility, enthusiasm and love for what they are producing. Get here, meet the owners and try some of their excellent wines….Buy a few to take home as a Cypriot souvenir to remind you of your memorable holidays in the beautiful Island of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love.

    In the past I have tried “Maratheftiko” and “Shiraz Merlot” which are a must try if you have not tried so far.
    Very recently on my last trip to Paphos I tried the ‘Cornetto’ at the very popular Seafood Restaurant ‘Kymata’ of the Asimina Suites. It is another superb wine with excellent taste… It stands out for its refined aroma and thirst-quenching freshness.

    The production of these superb Kolios wines is limited and it does not exceed the 3.000 bottles. They can be very special for those who love the singularity in wines like me.

    Cheers everyone!
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    Aphrodite's Baths

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    If you are walking in the Akamas Peninsular it is a quick 2 minute detour at the beginning of the trail.

    The spot derived its name from a small grotto shaded by an old fig tree, in the waters of which legend has it, the goddess Aphrodite used to bathe. According to mythology, this is the place where she met her lover, Adonis.

    It is basically a shaded, cave-like, very small pool. There is supposed to be an eel in the water, perhaps the highlight of the spot, but the surround area is in lush greenery and it’s cool and nice with all the shade around.

    BOTANICAL GARDEN:
    I had visited the Botanical Garden which is almost attached to the entrance of the Aphrodite Bath’s path some years back and it really looked great.

    This time I did not have time to drop in however, I noticed that it has been a bit untended.


    Entrance is Free.
    48km from Paphos and very close to Polis.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    The Peak point of Aphrodite's Trail

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    Beautiful view of Polis Chrysochous at first and then further up the amazing Akamas peninsula.

    As we move upwards towards the summit following Aphrodite's trail, we come to a point with a beautiful view of Polis. How I wished I had along my camera!

    Little by little and as we are approaching the other side of the mountain the view becomes breathtaking.

    At last! We reach the peak and suddenly we are overwhelmed with excitement after all these hours of walking.
    With a totally different feeling now we cannot stop but admire the vivid Blue and Turquoise of the water.
    The air changes. It is fresher and cooler.

    From this point on, we follow the path dowhill.

    View of the Polis coast Reaching the peak Akamas peninsula
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    PLANTS and Degree of Difficulty of Trails

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    PLANTS:
    Photos of plants I came across on the Trail of Adonis -12th May.

    NATURAL TRAILS ARE DIVIDED IN 3 CATEGORIES OF DIFFICULTY

    CATEGORY 1:
    Easy trail, with gentle gradient. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

    CATEGORY 2:
    Average degree of difficulty, suitable for adults in fair to good fitness levels.
    Sudden changes in gradient (uphill and / downhill) or course along narrow or rough terrain.

    CATEGORY 3:
    High degree of difficulty.
    Route wih difficult terrain such as sudden changes in gradient (uphill or downhill) course along particularly rough and slippery, narrow and steep terrain.
    Suitable for adults in very good to excellent fitness levels.
    Unsuitable for young children.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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    Khrysorroyiatissa Monastery

    by nada1712 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This beautiful monastery although not the most ornate, is my favourite in the Troodos mountains. It is found in a shady bend of the mountain road and it has wonderful peaceful views over cultivated valleys.

    Monastery of 'The Lady of the Golden Pomegranate'
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    Latchi, Polis

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    I thought I had to create this tip to show what the coast is like in September after much rainfall and wind, but also when the coast gets calm and is so tempting for swimming.

    The people in the 1st picture might not swim but they can at least sunbathe.
    Can you spot them?

    The funny thing is that umbrellas are down when the sea is calm but nobody seems to be swimming in the 2nd.
    The reason is the Yoga sessions and other activities that keep tourists busy at this time. When these are over, several get down to the beach.

    Notice the colour of the sea.

    The view is from the Zening Resorts I stayed recently. %c

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    • Windsurfing
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    ADONIS trail to KEFALOVRYSIA

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 10, 2015

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    Heading upwards the Adonis Circular natural trail and starting 400m before the Baths of Aphrodite, we come to the first plateau after about 2.5km and make a stop.

    The water we come across from the fountain is not potable. We sprinkle some on our head and shoulders to cool off, take out our own water, and move on after about a quarter, taking the right hand direction towards the Aphrodite path.

    I highly believe, April must be a better month to walk the trail than May.
    I expected a better floral zone.

    FAUNA:The main species of fauna that you can come across in this area if you are lucky enough are foxes, hare and hedgehogs. We found none, however a little cute doggie was following us from the hotel throughout the trail…he proved to be a hero. He did not even bother to have some water despite the attempts we did to help him have some.

    ENDEMIC PLANTS: Srub rush (Bosea cypria) Shrubby knapweed (Pilostemon chamaepeuce var, cyprius) ‘Valoti’ –Integrifolia (Ballota integrifolia) Origanum majorana var.tenufolium, Dwarf shrub (Onosma fruticosum) Cyprus sage (Phiomis cypria var.occidentialis).

    BIRDS: Wood pigeon, parridge, Cyprus warber (endemic), Cyprus wheatear (endemic). The forest of Akamas serves as a resting point for many migratory birds.

    REPTILES: Cyprus viper, Cyprus lizard, Black whip Snake.

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    The 500-year-old Oak Tree Point

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    The 500-year-old oak tree is truly impressive.

    A stop to cool off and rest, take photos and nibble.

    Right at this point one can either continue and do the circular walk or take a shortcut to the Baths of Aphrodite.

    The mountain across seems steep and although a couple of ladies from the group much before were thinking to quit and follow the shortcut to the Baths of Aphrodite, they did not. So, as a team we move on.
    There are some ruins on the left hand side by the starting point towards the mountain across. I guess there are the ruins of the old tower of Rigainas!

    From this point and uphill the path gets steeper and steeper.
    As I wanted to walk as light as possible, I did not carry along my camera.
    The photos taken are through my smartphone.

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    The Aphrodite Trail from the Summit Downwards

    by greekcypriot Written Jun 11, 2015

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    The Aphrodite’s path trail from the summit downwards is not the easiest.There are one or two places where the path gets really narrow and slippery.

    The lower we get the more beautiful it gets and we find ourselves walking through the pine forest with lush greenery reaching down the beautiful rocky but sinuous coasts.

    The beach here is ideal for diving, snorkeling and fishing.

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    Why Nature Lovers & Bird Lovers Love Cyprus

    by greekcypriot Written Jun 11, 2015

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    NATURE LOVERS
    Cyprus inspires every nature lover with its rugged coasts and mountain peaks, sunny vineyards and cool pine forests.
    From its flat expanses of wheat fields to lush citrus orchards.

    BIRD WATCHERS:
    The island is a must-visit for birdwatchers as there are several endemic bird species and hundreds of migrating birds passing through.
    Rare plants such as the Cyprus tulip and cyclamen, fascinate botanists, while geologists can marvel at majestic rock formations derived from millions of years old oceanic crust.

    Approching the opposite side of the Rock
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    ADONIS (Circular) Natural Trail

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 10, 2015

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    The trail offers beautiful views of Polis Chrysochous, the Paphos Forest and the Akamas peninsula. The length of this trail is 7.5 km and estimated time 3-4 hours. Difficulty rate 3.

    I covered this trail along with a group of Austrians in 6 hours because besides the different stops for photos on the way, we had an hour’s stop at the plateau with the 500-year-old oak tree.

    The path runs past Pyrgos tis Rigainas (Queen’s Tower) and connects with the Smigies trail at Kefalovrysia.

    There is another starting point and that is at the Baths of Aphrodite. Starting however from the point we did, we are going to come to that point at the end of our walk.

    Starting point. View from starting point.
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    Chrysochou Bay - the beach at Latchi

    by egonwegh Updated Feb 6, 2004

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    A visit to the quiet beach at Latchi, west of the town of Polis. We were there in January - February 2004. The water was rather cold, but there was plenty of time to just sit on the beach and enjoy the view.

    Latchi Beach

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  • BOAT HIRE, DIVING, JETSKIS,PARASAILING,WATERSPORTS

    by adventuremad Written Sep 16, 2012

    LATCHI WATERSPORTS CENTRE, located just down the road from polis and paphos is where we had the most fun on our holiday, we hired a 250hp speedboat for a day and it was amazing, we was given a map briefing of the amazing akamas coastline, then some instructions on how to drive the boat, throwing the anchor etc. Within an hour i felt very confident as if i'd been driving boats my whole life :) We snorkelled in the amazing Blue Lagoon then we did some tube riding with the ringo that we hired with the boat. This was by far the best day of our holiday followed a close 2nd by the Discover Scuba Diving we did, an afternoons dive course which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Would most definately recommend this company to anyone visiting Cyprus, this is a must do, we have some great memories and pics. Thanks to Tom, Costas and the rest of Latchi Watersports vast crew.

    The boat we hired for the day!
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    • Diving and Snorkeling
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    Wildlife around Polis

    by stevieUK Written Jan 16, 2005

    Keep an eye open for the a variety of wildlife you are likely to wander past - for example we bumped into the fella in the picture taking about five minutes to cross a quiet road.
    Around Polis we've also seen black python and grey hammer head vipers, large fruit bats (about fifty tend to eat off plants near the cafe as you leave polis towards the camp site), turtles -saw one in Laatchi harbour, and a variety of unusual birds.

    Didn't seem able to turn grey!
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping

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