The west coast of Cyprus
The Paphos region of Cyprus’ west coast runs from Polis, on the island’s north-western tip, down to the city of Limassol, in the south. Most people come here for the beaches, and once you see them you’ll understand why. Blue Flag sands are flanked by limestone cliffs and accessorised by tilting palm trees.
A tale of 2 cities
The lively holiday resorts of Paphos and Limassol receive the lion’s share of the visitors. At first glance, you’ll notice karaoke bars, Irish pubs, and restaurants that serve Sunday roast and mousakka in equal portions. But look a bit closer and you’ll see the Cypriot charm that hasn’t been lost with the arrival of the tourists. The old part of Paphos showcases yesteryear Greece with its temples, churches and forts, while Limassol has an atmospheric old town.
Away from the coast, the Paphos region showcases a sleepy Mediterranean existence. Peaceful village squares dominate tiny villages like Pomos and Latchi, and the countryside is characterised by pine-covered hills and olive groves that stretch out for miles.
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According to myth, when Aphrodite rose from the sea she landed at Paphos. Fast-forward a few thousand years, and the old town is straight-up traditional Cyprus, with cobbled streets and shaded pavement cafés. Downhill, meanwhile, there’s a modern harbour packed with bars and restaurants. But the spirit of Aphrodite lives on in the age-old temples and crumbling ruins that are still here to explore.
Limassol, a busy port on the south coast of Cyprus, isn’t just the island’s biggest resort, it’s one of the best, too. It can easily match the capital, Nicosia, for cosmopolitan buzz. It can keep the pace with Ayia Napa in the nightlife stakes. And the beach life is on a par with any of the island’s top sandy stretches.
Amathus Bay sits quietly on the south coast of Cyprus. Ruins near the village are all that remains of its status as an ancient royal city, said to have been home to the children of the god Heracles. These days, its whitewashed cottages and small portfolio of restaurants attract holidaymakers who want to get away from it all – with the option of a 10-minute drive to lively Limassol.
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