Polis Cyprus the Scenic Resort

By: Kev Moore

Polis in Cyprus is still the most underdeveloped resort on the West coast of the Island. Looking across Chrysochou bay to the Akamas Peninsula, Polis nestles at the foot of rolling hills covered with Citrus groves and fertile farm land. This could almost be the part of Cyprus that time forgot. In fact the pace of life in Polis is about as laid back as it gets. The tourist industry in the resort is supplemented with fishing from the the port of Latsi and varied agriculture. The harbor is busy during the holiday season with trips across to the Akamas Peninsula and pleasure cruises along the coast. The resort has several traditional Cyprus restaurants as well as mini markets and other tourist facilities.

Akamas across the bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a nature reserve making it a must visit for tourist. Just up the coast is Lara bay where the green and loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle station is manned by volunteers and access to the beach may be prohibited at certain times of the year. The volunteers also place wire mesh over the turtle nest to prevent foxes and other predators from digging up the eggs. The view back across Chrysochou bay towards Polis is quite spectacular too against the back drop of the Troodas mountains rolling down to the fertile coast. This national park is dotted with footpaths and makes a great place to either explore or just relax and take it all in.

Also in the park are the baths of Aprodite where the Goddess took a bath before her marriage to Hephaestus the smith god. He forged the weapons of the Gods and Zeus thought it would be a good idea to give Aphrodite to him to prevent the other Gods fighting over who should marry her. Unfortunately she was a bit on the wayward side and took many lovers including mortals such as Adonis. The tale weaves a typical Greek tragedy of lust and men fighting over a woman's affections but that's another story altogether. Further down the coast is the site of the rock of Aphrodite where she came ashore after her birth. Local legend has it that if you swim around this rock at midnight during the full moon Aphrodite will make you ten years younger. That is of course if you don't kill yourself climbing down the cliffs to the beach hundreds of feet below.

Polis is a great place to relax even if you are just visiting the resort for the day. Alternatively its a great base from which to explore the rest of Cyprus. The main coastal motorway is only a short drive inland and you are not far from the beautiful Troodas mountains. After a hard days sightseeing Polis could be the ideal place to recharge your batteries down on the beach or with a relaxing drink in one of the tavernas. Cyprus is a great place to take your holidays and there is so much to see and do there. With its wide appeal to both families and couples alike its no surprise that visitors to this beautiful Island return year after year. The large resorts have much to offer in terms of nightlife and other activities but some folks prefer the tranquillity of the Cyprus countryside. If you are one of those Cyprus holiday makers who enjoys some peace and quite perhaps you too should visit Polis Cyprus.

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