Polis derives its name from the Greek word for city, and is the short version of Polis Chrysochous which translated means City of the Golden Land thus named for the fertile land surrounding the river Chrysochous. There are no large hotels here, so travellers can step into a world away from the usual tourist attractions and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this small but attractive town. The main feature of Polis is the local square with many open air restaurants offering tantalizing home baked cuisine, cosy bars where thirsty travellers can sample locally made wines; souvenir shops, banks and jewellers. Ice cream parlours and tiny coffee shops are just a couple of the other delights on offer.
Latchi is a picturesque fishing village situated just 2 km west of Polis. Before it was discovered by tourism, the main industry, apart from fishing, was exporting sea sponges. The main focal point of Latchi is the fishing harbour with fishing boats bobbing gently on the clear waters weighed down with nets, wicker baskets and the catch of the day. Fresh fish can be sampled in one of the many small stone built tavernas surrounding the harbour; a popular eating place for the locals.
Sun worshippers and beach lovers will appreciate the sandy and pebbly beaches nestling along the coastline of Chrysochou Bay. Clear waters and gentle summer breezes await you! Walking enthusiasts will love the many walks available in this area including the trail of Aphrodite and Adonis. Explore the Baths of Aphrodite where legend has it that Aphrodite bathed with her lover Adonis.
Enjoy the unspoiled scenery of the peninsula and the Akamas National Park. During spring time the scenery is at its best with an abundance of wild flowers orange and lemon blossom, wild lavender, basil and poppy fields.
Places to Visit
BATHS OF APHRODITE are 5km west of Latchi, where according to the legend, the goddess Aphrodite used to bathe with her lover Adonis in a pool situated in a natural grotto, shaded by a fig tree.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM in Polis town. This excellent little museum portrays the historical development of the Polis area from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic to the Medieval periods.
BYZANTINE MUSEUM in Peristerona which is 9km south-east of Polis. The Byzantine Museum is situated on the ground floor of the Bishopric Arsinoe, and houses an exhibition of ecclesiastical heirlooms, old printed books, manuscripts and artefacts made of artistically carved wood, silver and lacework.
AKAMAS PENINSULAR is a dramatic natural and beautiful landscape offering a diverse selection of wildlife, migratory birds and flora. Visiting the turtle information centre at Lara Bay is a worthwhile and rewarding experience. Explore the area on foot or on bike using the numerous trails in this famous National Park.
SAILING AND DIVING. For all things nautical, there are several qualified operators in and around Latchi harbour.
QUAD SAFARI. An exhilarating way to explore the Akamas Peninsular!
BIKE RIDES & WALKING. Bike hire and organised trips for both cyclists and walkers are available locally.
GO KARTS. The Go-kart track is 1km from Polis on the Argaka road.
GLASS BOTTOM BOAT. Trips are available from Latchi harbour. Please check locally for details.
WATER SPORTS. A variety of water sports are available throughout the summer season.
JEEP SAFARI (AKAMAS). This is a great way to explore the Akamas National Park and surrounding area.
JEEP SAFARI (TROODOS ). When the heat gets too much, get out of town and into the mountains with a driver who is also your guide.
GOLF. Located at Tsada which is 20 minutes from Polis in an elevated position, this 18 hole golf course plays to a par 72 and measures 6060 metres. Facilities include a pro-shop, tuition from PGA qualified coaches and a driving range. All levels are welcome.
DONKEY TREKS. If you fancy something a little different try Donkey Trekking at Lysos. Guaranteed to make you laugh and great for the kids!!
BIRD WATCHING. Cyprus is on the flight path of many migratory birds and has a wealth of indigenous species.
EVENTS IN POLIS. A variety of cultural events are organised during the year by Polis Municipality and are held at various locations. See local press for details.