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Villages to visit in Paphos, Cyprus


Paphos tourist attractions:
There are all sorts of activities to amuse children in and around Paphos. Close to the seafront is the Aphrodite Waterpark which has plenty of rides and attractions, including the world's largest family rafting ride. Young animal lovers will enjoy the Bird Park which has a bus service to and from Paphos seafront.
Whether you are a follower of archaeology, folklore culture, the history of Cyprus and Greek mythology, you will find something to interest you in one of Paphos museums. Beyond Paphos harbour and coastline you will find the Tombs of the Kings, a Unesco World Heritage Site. For sports enthusiasts, Paphos offers a variety of water sports from its seafront and castle fortress harbour. Sea fishing trips, snorkelling trips and speed boats can be booked. Paphos has four golf courses golf clubs and golf courses. There is the Elea Golf Club designed by Sir Nick Faldo, Minthis Hills, Secret Valley and Aphrodite Golf Clubs. You can go horse riding, cycling or hiking in the nearby countryside.  Coarse fishing in the local dams. Skiing in the Troodos mountains during the winter season. Why not take a trip outside of Paphos, either to the Donkey Farm or the Ostrich Farm which are both near Kelokedara village. Paphos resort and district is the perfect place for your annual summer holidays.

Villages around the Paphos District Region well worth a visit:
Paphos district region has many local villages. Some have become modernised. Some are still the quaint Cypriot old style and daily routine way of life. There have been many developments over the past twenty five years producing large hotels, villas, retirement homes, family holiday apartments and some developments have not been kind to the scenic history of the Island of Cyprus and in particular, some parts of Paphos.
Koloni - Geroskpiou - Emba - Chloraka - Lemba - Kissonerga - Peyia - Timi - Anarita - Mandria - Kouklia - Secret Valley - Aphrodite Hills - Pissouri - Marathounda - Armou - Episkopi - Mesa Chorio - Mesogi - Tremithousa - Tsada - Koili - Polemi - Drousia - Kathikas - Polis - Latchi

Below we have put together a list of the most popular villages to visit, by name so you can either visit them whilst on holiday or learn more about them for future holiday vacations in Paphos.

Geroskipou square Paphos  Geroskipou

Spelt also locally as Yeroskipou,is a coastal village in Paphos, Cyprus, just east of Paphos seafront resort. Its current population is approximately 7,000 and is the second largest municipality in the Paphos District Region on the island of Cyprus. Yeroskipou - Geroskipou means the "Garden of Aphrodite" and has the remarkable rare five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, It also has the historic Folk Art Museum, a very popular tourist destination. The village is known especially for the production of the Cyprus Delight, known locally as loukoumia or lukum which derives from the Turkish Delight. The town is the only place in the world which has the protected geographical indication for this very popular dessert.

5 domed church Geroskipou  Agia Paraskevi Church

The 5 domed church built in the form of a basilica with five cupolas placed in the shape of a cross, is one of the most important churches in Cyprus. Of a similar type is the basilica of the Saints Barnabas and Hilarion in the village of Peristerona in Lefkosia (Nicosia), but this is of a later period. The church of Agia Paraskevi was built in the 9th century A.D. and is preserved almost intact in its initial form apart from the western wall which was demolished in the 19th century in order to build an extension. Its uniqueness lies in the frescoes, some of which date back to the 9th century A.D. and are of the oldest in the whole of Cyprus. The 15th-16th century frescoes are also in relatively good condition.

Folk Museum Geroskipou  Folk Art Museum

Situated in a 19 century traditional house of both architectural and historical importance, called The House of Hadjismith. It is stone built with rooms accessible through two paved courtyards and a covered terrace. On the upper floor there is a long room ('makrynari') and a verandah reached by an outside staircase. The two-storey museum building forms the nucleus of a larger complex which once comprised the mansion of Andreas Zimboulakis' family. This house was connected with the name of the British commodore and later admiral Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840), famous for his success against Bonaparte at the siege of Acre in May 1799. Soon afterwards, Smith landed at Paphos and stayed at the house of Andreas Zimboulakis, an immigrant from the Ionian islands who had settled in Geroskipou, also spelt Yeroskipou. Their house was considered a mansion in those times and from 1800 to 1864 it served as the residence of the British Consular agents at Paphos. Smith appointed him British Consular agent at Paphos principally responsible for the provisioning of the British men-of-war that were patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Since Sir Sidney Smith visited the house frequently, it came to be known as 'Smith's house' and, in honour of the British admiral, Zimboulakis' son, who succeeded his father as Consular agent in 1826, was named Smith Zimboulakis. Because of its architectural and historical importance, the 'House of Hadjismith' is one of the first buildings of Folk Architecture to have been declared 'Ancient Monument' by law. The Department of Antiquities acquired half of the house in 1947/48 and the other half in 1974. After systematic restoration the building was converted into a Folk Art Museum, which has been open to the public since 1978. A new room with a covered verandah in front was constructed to form the main entrance to the Museum. The spacious courtyard on this side has been laid out as a garden, which includes a water-raising wheel ('alakati') and an olive press. The collection of the Museum has been considerably enriched with embroideries, costumes, agricultural implements, a hand-turned cotton de-seeder, a weaving loom, silk, manufacture, rope-making and mule trappings. A smaller room opening onto the back yard houses the apparatus for processing hemp and flax and for the manufacture of rope. The machinery for the reeling of the silk, called anapinistiri has been installed in an outhouse in the yard of the Museum. In the spring months visitors have the opportunity to watch the silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves in a shadowy place and at a later stage the newly spun cocoons on branches of thyme.

Coral Bay resort Paphos  Coral Bay
Not every holiday makers cup of tea as it is very busy and can be very boisterous at night, and although the resort is 25k out of Paphos and 35k from the airport, holidays in Coral Bay are all about chilling out. This is a friendly resort and is most definitely tuned into relaxation. What better place to start than on the man made sandy golden beach, melting into the shallow turquoise waters, there are plenty of beach bars on hand to keep you refreshed and a good selection of water sports here too. When you're not soaking up the sunshine, stroll around the charming shops, pull up a pew at one of the enticing restaurants or book a round of golf at one of the beautifully landscaped courses that are further a field.

Agious Georgios church Paphos 
Agios Georgios
Further north from Coral Bay is the small sandy beach and harbour haven at Agios Georgios in a beautiful setting below steep cliffs. The small sandy beach is sheltered from the sea by a large enclosed harbour. It looks good for swimming but beware of any signs to the contrary. To the south of the harbour is an expanse of flat rock and to the north, for those seeking solitude, there are cliffs and coves to explore. The rocky islet of Geronisos adds offshore interest and a taverna overlooks the whole lot on the cliffs above next to the splendid Agios Georgios chapel.

Lara Bay Akams National Park Paphos  Lara Bay
North of Agios Georgios are the road turns onto a dirt track and onward to Lara Bay which signals the entrance to the wild park region on the Akamas peninsular. The beach of sand and shingle is long and narrow with wide flatlands behind. This is a major turtle nesting site and visitors are asked to take extra care when on the beach. There are no tourist facilities here, no sun beds but there is a large taverna at the southern end of the bay that serves up fantastic bbq lunches and they also put out brollies in a small cove over the headland. Its ideal for those looking to escape the tourist resorts and crowds.


Polis Paphos  Polis
Travelling further on from Lara Bay you come to the main resort on the north coast of Paphos named Polis. Polis has been spared the rampant tourist development of the south and caters more for the independent holiday traveller, although there are plenty of tour operators here also. It has a very pleasant, genteel laid back feel about the place that relaxes you. The compact picturesque village has a traffic-free centre, packed full of very fine taverns, restaurants and cafes. The number of pavement tables testifies to the popularity of the place with day trippers. The long sandy/shale beach at Polis is backed by pine woods and in the shade is are large beach cantina, showers, toilets and a few sun beds scattered over the beach of mostly soft sand and a few pebbles. There is a large campsite nearby for the more adventurous. There are more beaches to the east but they can be uncared for, scruffy and isolated. Further a field are the villages of Pomos, where there are a couple of very good restaurants behind a sheltered pebble beach and at Kalinoussa, Here just over the headland, there is far better swimming area and some beach sun beds and umbrellas.

Latchi - Latsi in Paphos  Latchi
To the west of Polis, along a new coastal road, is the beach resort and marina of Latchi, also called and pronounced Latsi or Lakki. It is not much more than a string of shops and taverns on the roadside adjacent to the beach and marina with two very long beaches stretching out into the distance on either side of the marina/harbour. It's a pleasant enough spot with deep, flat sand on the western side and a narrower and stonier strip to the east. There are plenty of facilities here. A large car park indicates the resort's popularity with day trippers, many of them come to see the much-touted but slightly disappointing Baths of Aphrodite that lie just a short drive up the road from Latchi.
Latchi is very popular with divers and there is a scuba centre in Latchi with diving takeing place along the seas of the Akamas peninsula. The pretty village of Polis is only 5km away. The scenic beauty of the area is spectacular, with coastal cliffs at Cape Pomos and pine and cedar forests carpeting the mountains behind. There are any number of deserted beaches just a short drive away and interesting smaller villages nestle in the surrounding hillsides.

 


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