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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Polis Chrysochous

Cyprus Taxi arrange taxi and mini bus transfers from both Paphos and Larnaca airports to Polis Chrysochous.

Polis, which in Greek means town, is one of the most beautiful areas in Cyprus. It is located near romantic sites, close to where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, used to meet her beloved Adonis. It is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve.

The Polis area has a remarkable history dating back 3000 years. A visit to the Archaeological Museum gives you a chance to see the archaeological finds from Ancient Marion - Arsinoe. Those interested in the Byzantine history of the country can visit the Church of Agios Andronikos, near the traditional square of Polis, with its 16th Century wall - paintings.

Known as Marion in antiquity, the town of Polis was probably founded by an Athenian warrior called Akamas, the son of Theseus, who arrived here after the Trojan War. Kimon, the great Athenian general, freed the city from Persian rule in the 5th century B.C. Rich in gold and copper ore; it attracted considerable trade, especially with Athens, which in turn exported many pots to the area, a number of which can be seen at the museum. Due to its relations with Athens ancient geographers called it "Marion Ellinikon", or Hellenic Marion. The town was destroyed in the battle between the successors of Alexander the Great until a new city was formed by Philadelphus, a member of the Ptolemy dynasty, who gave it the name of his wife, Arsinoe. From medieval times onwards the town was known as Polis and today it is the administrative centre of the area which includes 23 communities.

The grounds of the Municipality are the venue for many festivals and events in the summer. Further down lies the 18th century vaulted church of Agia Kyriaki and further along is the municipal market with a wide selection of locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables. Polis has many other superb examples of traditional architecture.

As you walk around the town you cannot fail to be impressed by the old traditional buildings, both in the style of the Classical Revival and with beautiful wooden balconies. The centre of Polis with its restored stone buildings is now a pedestrian area. The paved square with its cafes, bars and restaurants is a gathering place full of life from morning until night throughout the year.

The great advantage of Polis is its close vicinity to the utmost beautiful Akamas Peninsula, a nature reserve area destined to become a National Park.

Polis beach is located a short distance from the village square. There is a woodland shaded area which is used as a campsite particularly during Cypriot public holidays. It is a sandy beach mixed with pebbles and is easily reached. Water sports, sun bed and umbrella hire are available on site.

Polis Chrysochous Campsite is the only place in Cyprus where an eucalyptus forest meets the coast.

The picturesque harbour of Polis, Latchi, with its coastal paved walk is known throughout Cyprus for its fresh fish. In the past it served as a small port for shipping carobs. The old stone carob warehouses have been converted into restaurants, fish taverns and places of recreation. From Latchi, travellers to Polis can go on short cruises to the Akamas, a must for all visitors. At Latchi there are also water sport facilities.

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