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I have used the term "Polis area" quite loosely on this website, when I use it I mean the area of Cyprus about 10 miles north of Paphos to the coast north of that point. Click on the map to enlarge the image to see the area included.

The Polis area of Cyprus is still a relatively unspoilt part of Cyprus. It still retains a more relaxed way of life. It is within the Paphos District, but is very different to town of Paphos. Paphos was once a tiny fishing village which has been transformed in to a large tourist resort. In Paphos you will find two Macdonalds, Pizza Hut, Fish and Chips, lots of hotels, shops, nightlife and lots of places to eat.

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Polis
The town of Polis is is very different to Paphos. The main pedestrianised area does have a some shops aimed at tourists, and of course lots of Cypriot places to eat. You will not find fast food joints or British style Pubs. There is a regular indoor market selling local meat and local fruit and vegetables, all at great prices. A very relaxing place to amble around the few shops or enjoy a light lunch or dinner. Click here to see details of the places to eat in Polis.

Photographs of Polis (click on the image to enlarge it)

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Latchi
The other main town in this area is Latchi. Again there are a few shops here for tourists, and a number of traditional tavernas and restaurants, all of which are next to the beach/quay. For those looking for water sports Latchi has a water sports centre, where you can hire a boat or even go diving.  Click here for places to eat in Latchi or here for details about water sports.

Photographs of Latchi (click on the image to enlarge it)

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The rest of the area is made up of a number of villages with varying degrees of charm and reasons to visit. Below is a list of the ones we have been to and any particular points of interest.  There are many places to stay in these locations particularly villas.


Miliou
Miliou is a small traditional village famous for its sulphur spring. The sulphur spring is part of the now  hotel Ayia Anaryiri, which is now closed and seems to be awaiting redevelopment. There used to be a small coffee shop in Miliou although this is now closed due to the untimely death of the owner last year. There are a number of Villas here, and it is an ideal location if you want to spend some time "away from it all", but still have easy access to Polis and/or Paphos.

Photographs of Miliou (click on the image to enlarge it)

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Pomos
Pomos is about 8 miles or so outside of Polis. It is a charming little village, with a number of restaurants. There is a small fishing harbour and spectacular views, and is a great place to spend the afternoon.

Photographs of Pomos (click on the image to enlarge it)

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Simiou
Simiou is a small village, located a few miles off the main Paphos/Polis road. Evertou Dam is located here, and at the dam you can see a deserted former Turkish village. The views from Sabunari Restaurant which overlooks the dam are quite stunning. You can even drive down to the deserted the village in a 4x4, and have a wander around. It is quite eerie to see the empty houses, and what looks like a former school.

Photographs of Simiou (click on the image to enlarge it)

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Stroumpi
Stroumpi is a small village in bewteen Paphos and Polis. Other than the Church there is little of any great interest. For those wanting truly British food, there is a restaurant which serves the British ex-pat community, even with roast beef and Yorkshire puddings on a Sunday.

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Neo Chorio
Neo Chorio is a short drive from Latchi, and is the entrance to the Akamas. It offers a number of places to eat, and lots of different types of accommodation. It provides stunning views of the coast and the Akamas. It is claimed by some of the locals that land here is the most expensive in Cyprus.

Photographs of Neo Chorio (click on the image to enlarge it)

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