Polis is in a delightful location in the north-west of Cyprus, on Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Arkamas Peninsula nature reserve. Largely free of tourists, Polis is popular with those who love the great outdoors, since it offers a range of activities such as hiking, cycling, horse-riding and golf – in fact the Tsada Golf Course is just 25 minutes' away from the town. The village is located on a sweeping stretch of pebble-and-sand beach, and benefits from a laid-back, sleepy atmosphere that comes to life around its pedestrianized square, which offers welcome shade, as well as friendly tavernas, bars and shops.
Polis is served by the fishing port of Latchi which, like any harbour, is always alive with the comings and goings of fishing boats, as well as tour boats heading to and from the Arkamas peninsula. Renowned for its 'Baths of Aphrodite', Arkamas also boasts a wealth of nature trails ideal for exploring, and walks are made even more delightful by the panoramic views of the bay of Polis and the blue ocean beyond. Polis is exceptionally popular with local Cypriots, who enjoy visiting this charming village on account of its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. It's also a haven for the more discerning holidaymaker, who can enjoy the many delights of the well-established Anassa Hotel, overlooking a superb bay of golden sand between the Baths of Aphrodite and Latchi harbour.
Polis Holiday Highlights
The beach is a must – peaceful, safe and gently shelving.
Visit nearby Argaka village – surrounded by scented lemon and orange orchards, it has just a handful of tavernas, shops and coffee houses.
Explore the Arkamas Peninsula – discover the quiet rock-and-pebble cove; walk steep-walled gorges; visit the fern-fringed rock pool of the Baths of Aphrodite; see recently excavated relics at the site of Marion, a 7th century BC town.
Visit 12th century Chrysoirroyiatissa Monastery, originally dedicated to the charmingly named 'Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate', and the nearby winery where the monks produce a fine vintage.
Museum of Marion-Arsinoe in Polis – an excellent source of local historical information.
Watersports at Latchi – one of Cyprus's best windsurfing and diving centres, plus speedboats, snorkelling, tube-riding.