Trips, excursions and activities in Paphos and Polis. Our team live here so don’t miss out on the wide variety of things to do, from viewing the World Heritage Mosiacs in Paphos Harbour to donkey rides in Lysos village
We highly recommend you get some travel books before you go. We have not attempted to try to tell you about the historic sites here as there are websites dedicated to this. Find Information on and general info on Culture, history etc. from Cyprus Tourist Organization: http://www.visitcyprus.com/wps/portal Tel London 02 7 569 8800 for free maps and booklets.
Info on nature: https://www.facebook.com/CyprusNatureExplorer
Walking in Cyprus and more:
What’s going on in the Paphos area: http://www.paphospeople.com/whats_on.html
Places and Villages not to be missed:
Akamas National Park/Lara Bay/Turtles etc. WONDERFUL. Jeep required, or go on a lively jeep Safari. Bumpy, but the most popular day out with my clients. If you are interested ask Nicole for tickets at special price for Sundance clients.
2nd most popular day out is the boat trip with optional BBQ from Latchi to Fontana Amorosa. Stop for swimming. See Blog on Boat trips
Troodos Mountains A must. Chilly in Summer! You may like to stop and eat at Kakopetria, The Village Pub Taverna, next to famous stone. Run by Susan + Bambos, and daughters. Please say “hello” to Susan from me. It is a tiring day and a bendy drive, so if you do not want to drive yourself join one of the guided Jeep Safaris. Ask Nicole for further information and tickets at discounted rates.
Caledonian Falls. Troodos, nr Psilo Dendro restaurant or nearby smaller Chantara or Handara Falls in Foini. Lovely tavern (Phini tavern) in center of village. Do not miss as well Foini Pottery Museum, near Platres. A private museum showing everything you always wanted to know about pottery. The 84-year old owner speaks fluent English and is very happy to share his knowledge with you.
Agios Minas Monastery. Nr Lefkara, Kato Drys, famous lacemaking. This Monastery is famous for the icons, and is open only in the morning.
Lefkara: Very pretty village in 2 parts. Handmade lace is made by the women, silver jewellery by the men. Polite bartering recommended. If you see the ladies making the lace, stop to watch it as there are not so many doing this now. (The young ones do not want to do it, generally.)
In Kato Drys: Marias Restaurant, good Meze.
Sinti Monastery. Nr Pentalia. Beautiful area.
Omodhos. Traditional stone houses, very pretty but prices in shops can be expensive. Beautiful Monastery, (no monks) church and 2 museums: embroidery and Byzantine Icons.
Laneia. Village of the Artists. Paintings etc for sale outside houses.
Here is a mural of people who once lived in Laneia:
Guided excursions by coach
A coach excursion is a relaxing way for you to discover Cyprus, accompanied by a qualified tour guide, and we highly recommend Ruslan Travel for this. Very often it is our local Sundance Villas agent Neoptolemos Michael doing the guiding on these tours, and we are sure that you will have a really enjoyable trip.
Further information here:
For bookings and further information please contact:
Tel: +357 26 600 662
108 Apostolou Pavlou.
“Stroll around Paphos” to view local sights with a guide. Free of charge c/o Cyprus Tourist Office, Gladstone Street, Paphos. Tel: 26932841, You need to pre-book. http://www.pafos.org.cy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=113〈=en
Donkey Excursions into the beautiful Paphos Forest. From Lysos Village , nr Polis. Andrew & Shirley 99086721 €17 per hour. Family of 4 €60 You can also enjoy a lovely drive along the edge of the Paphos Forrest, see your map, going between Lysos, take the Paradisio Hotel road, and Statos, Ayios Fotios. Exceptionally beautiful late afternoon. This is one of my favourite drives..Irene.
Polis Area Boat Hire and boat trips: You can rent a motor boat from Latchi Water Sports in the harbour. (Tel (00357) 26322095). They provide a cool box for your picnic and kit you out with goggles and snorkels – and shortie wetsuits for the children. Don’t worry if you have not driven a boat before, they have professional RYA power boat instructors on hand to show you the ropes. They also offer a great half day cruising up the stunning coastline of the Akamas. No experience necessary. Also Scuba Diving. They have the 5 star PADI Gold Palm IDC. Jet skis available too. Training given. 10% off for Sundance Villas clients. Ask for Tom. E.mail for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
ALKION Boat, with its well covered main deck, operates daily in high season from Latchi Harbour to the Blue Lagoon. Half Day or Full Day trips available from April to October. It’s a comfortable and relaxing cruise, highly recommended. Alkion has a power operated winch which enables wheelchair users to both get on board and also go for a swim in the sea, using a chair hoist to transport them down into the sea and back out again, usually a mere dream for disabled visitors. Similar trips as well available on Koula Boat etc. For further information please ask Nicole, Tel. 0035799599956.
Paphos Area Boat Trips: From Paphos Harbour. Wave Dancer 1. We think this is the best boat in the Harbour for professionalism, experience, quality and the wide selection of trips. Catering is done ON BOARD in their modern kitchens. Wave Dancer offering cruises for every taste from half-day to full day or even night cruises. Ask Nicole your Rep for the actual programme, more info and a special discount for Sundance clients. Tel. 99599956
Unfortunately the Harbour is plagued with the (illegal) leaflet touts for inferior boats. Wave Dancer operates during the summer only.
Wild Valley Resort. Ostrich Farm with playground. Very popular for Sunday buffet lunch, incl ostrich meat. Nicole our Sundance Villas Rep has 2 young children and recommends this farm: “Ostrich is a very tasty meat a bit similar to beef, very tender, I really enjoyed the Snitzels.” Fantastic views from the restaurant. Try the guided minibus excursion through the farm. Nr Pissouri. Tel.: +357 25 711110, E-mail: email@example.com ., http://www.ostrich.com.cy/
Water Parks. On way back to airport. Yeroskipou. Relaxing for parents & ideal for children, lovely baby-children pool for young swimmer and great slides to entertain the older ones plus parents. Aphrodite Waterpark Paphos https://www.aphroditewaterpark.com/index.php
More confident swimmers and families with older children of every age may like slightly cheaper Fasouri Watermania, nr Limassol which has biggest Wavepool and Laxy River in Cyprus plus plenty of other attractions inclusive the interactive centre, specially designed for children but funny enough keeps whole families occupied. Shuttle bus from Pafos hotels available every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. http://www.fasouri-watermania.com/
Paphos Zoo, Agios Georgios, just past Coral Bay. It is situated 6 km away from Coral Bay going towards St. George. They have lots of very interesting and rare birds as well as a large collection of animals including Moufflon, Turtles, Crocodile, one of the largest collections of venomous snakes in Europe, and the chance to feed their giraffes. There is also a children’s petting zoo where you are allowed to touch some of the smaller animals, a very good playground, Snack Bar and a lovely restaurant which offers great food. The owner has had a love of birds and all things in nature since he was a boy, and this Zoo is a fulfilment of his Dreams. This is a great day out for all ages. 2014 Prices in Euros: Sundance Villas Clients Discounted Prices as agreed with Simon Holley on presentation of our Discounts Letter: Normal prices are in brackets. Single Adult €12.00,(€15.50) Single Child €7.00 (€8.50). We suggest go early in the morning, and have the whole day there. It is open all year round. If you need any further information call Nicole when you are in Cyprus 99 599956 or visit their website: http://www.pafosbirdpark.com/ Tel 26 813852.
Golf: Paphos Golf Driving Range, Academy and Minigolf Open 7 days a week from 9.00 until dusk.
A medium basket (60 balls) costs Euro 5.00 and a jumbo basket (100 balls) Euro 8.00. Equipment hire is Euro 4.00. For families with children they offer a 10 minute mini lesson to children free of charge. With every 5 baskets you get one basket free. They are opposite Azia Hotel which is on the coast road in Chlorakas, and the contact number at present is +357 26271555.
There are 4 top grass Golf Courses as well in the Paphos area where you can enjoy playing golf all year round. Further information: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/golf_courses.aspx
Bowling at Bowling Centre, Paphos Town http://cosmicbowlingclub.com/. They have a nice indoor play area for children as well. As well good fun for the whole family with Bowling, Cinema, Playarea or just to have a coffee is “Planet Adventure” near roundabout to motorway: http://www.planetadventure.com.cy/. New for 2014: Cinema, kidsland and video arcade at Kings Avenue Mall at Tombs of the Kings Road in Paphos, http://www.kingsavenuemall.com/directory/entairtainment.html.
Ithaki Amusement Park & Minigolf, Coral Bay, Trikomou. Tel. 26815646, in the centre of Coral Bay in a side street. Fun for the whole family with bumper cars, video games, café, snack bar and Minigolf. Open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am until 12 pm.
House of Olive, Oleastro. Anogyra village. Overlooking Episkopi, nr Limassol. Olive meal and museum. Try the olives, see the millstones working, have a coffee, buy excellent oil. Tel 99 525093 or 565768. http://www.oleastro.com.cy/park.html
Walking in the mountains:
There are lovely walks in the Troodos area, further information: http://www.walkcyprus.com/mt-olympus/
Beaches: Blue Flag beach Coral Bay is sandy and has watersports, sunloungers and umbrellas. Corallia beach is also sandy, a little further on, has a good fish tavern and also, importantly public showers and toilets.
Faros Beach: Faros is a sandy beach with an excellent view situated at the west end of Paphos. Access to the beach is easy and well sign-posted. There is also a beach volleyball court.
Geroskipou Beach: near Atlantida Restaurant. This beach area has been developed very well over the past years, wavebreakers have been set up and made the whole area more sandy. Busy with tourists and locals. Volleyball and football courts on the beach, bars and restaurants. Sea trac chair for disabled guests (summer).
Near airport: Also Mandria/Timi area, stony, small sandy coves, few tourists, most undeveloped beaches, crystal clear water and sand, good as well for fishing.
Pissouri, from airport direction to Limassol: some nice bays and lovely beachside restaurants.
Curium beach, on the way to Limassol. Long, sandy beach (about 1.5 km), no stones, nice waves which are good fun and a really good air conditioned restaurant “Chris Blue Beach” with a verandah. It’s the middle taverna, and it seems to be recently renovated or re-built as it is very modern with toilet, shower, changing rooms and really nice food.
Less crowded is the enormous Chrysochou Bay, Polis. Sandy area is Blue Flag Polis Camping, sea trac chair for disabled guests (summer), and Latsi (Latchi). See Takkas Bay, eating out. Stony, clear clean water, lounger/umbrella hire from the restaurant. Drive past Anassa Hotel, heading towards Baths of Aphrodite, sea on your right and there is an undeveloped beach right in front of our Aphrodite villa. The sea at nearby Fontana Amorosa is said to be the bluest and clearest in Cyprus. Boat trips available from Latchi.
Pyrgos: Go to Polis and turn right towards Pomos. About 40 mins drive. Heart shaped sandy beach. On a clear day you can see the mountains of Turkey. Few tourists, away from the crowds.
Further info on beaches: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/Beaches.aspx#A1