Heading towards the west of the island any time soon? In need of some inspiration? Read on as My Cyprus Insider lets you in on some of our favourite things to do in what is often hailed as one of the island’s most beautiful districts.
1. Get to grips with nature in a pretty herb garden
The sleepy village of Pano Akoudarlia, just a stone’s throw from Kathikas, is home to the wonderful New Herb Garden, the former base of Heaven on Earth Herbals.
The new owners have done a wonderful job; head to the gardens and cafe and you can enjoy a walk around the gorgeous grounds as you catch a good glimpse of all the fabulous herbs and flowers that call the place their home. The on site cafe gives you the chance to kick back and enjoy the tranquillity of the area, as well as homemade produce using herbs grown in the garden. Take note that countless visitors have been raving about the cakes on offer! On the first Sunday of every month, you can also enjoy a great Farmers Market that’s held here, with all sorts of local produce being sold.
New Herb Garden, Pano Akourdaleia. Tel: (+357) 99 -291594
2. Enjoy a roadside toasty unlike the rest
Head out on a scenic drive from Polis to Pomos and enjoy a great roadside adventure as the west coast unfolds before you in all its shimmering blue glory. And be sure to take the drive when you’re feeling hungry because Koulla’s sandwiches await!
Perched at a high point with endless views out to sea, you can’t miss Koulla’s caravan with a roadside sign that welcomes people for a good old sandwich. And what a sandwich it is! Served warm in pitta bread, there are a number of options to choose from like halloumi, cheese, mint cucumber and tomatoes or the full on ‘mix’ feast for meat lovers loaded with halloumi, lountza, bacon, sausage, roast beef, cucumber and tomatoes. As for Koulla herself, she always serves the sandwiches with heaps of love ever since she first set up the place three years ago. Relying solely on word of mouth, we assure you it’s one of the best roadside sandwiches we’ve tried with the best view you’ll ever get. Want to totally unwind after the feast? A couple of hammocks on the grounds are just just right for a moment (or two) of pure bliss!
Koulla’s Sandwitches: (+357) 96-589533
3. Unwind on an idyllic beach with hardly anyone on it
If you’re tired of the crowds, then there’s nowhere better than this part of the island to kick back and relax without anyone to bother you. But often, when you do find a beach with no crowds whatsoever, basic amenities are hard to find, meaning that you have to take your own food, umbrella, and the list goes on. But there’s one little gem of a place that defies the norm, with the sand dotted with no more than fifteen sunbeds and a handful of umbrellas, with a small unassuming bar serving refreshments to quench your thirst.
Going by the name of Kanalli beach, it’s situated right next to the Pomos harbour and is absolutely paradisaical. Our only complaint is that come Sunday, the little beach bar turns up the music a notch too high, but on other days, it’s usually only soft background beats that you’ll be listening too. If you’re hungry, Kanalli restaurant is in close proximity, giving you the chance to grab a quick bite. Prefer to head in the other direction towards Latchi? Then make sure you go to Paradise Beach. It’s nowhere near as quiet as Kanalli but it’s still a gorgeous stretch and never gets too busy.
4. Guzzle down local produce at a quaint winery
Nothing beats driving through winding narrow streets that take you back to times gone by, with stone built houses and old worldly coffee shops beckoning attention. All this, set against a brilliant backdrop of hills blanketed in endless green vines that command attention round every turn.
From Kathikas to Arodes, Droushia to Inia, the area is famous for its Xynisteri, an indigenous grape thriving in a climate tempered by the sea breeze. Wineries along the route will also give you the chance to sample a glass or two made from the rare and indigenous Maratheftiko; one of the best red grape varieties on the island.
If you’re looking for a place with a view, Vasilikon Winery in Kathikas boasts a really great vantage point across the mountains towards the sea. To really make the most of your time in the area, we recommend that you get better acquainted with the whole Laona-Akamas Route, mapped out by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).
Paphos, Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumpi, Kathikas, Akourdalia, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, Ineia, Drouseia, Polis Chrysochous, Pegeia.
5. Check out a museum you may never had known existed
Did you know that Pomos has its very own Natural History Museum? Neither did we until a short while ago! Head to this little museum just off the main Pomos seafront road in the centre of the village, and you’ll get to admire all sorts of rocks and fossils from around the island, while getting better acquainted with the fauna on the island. You can also familiarise yourselves with two of the most important biotopes of the island, that of the Paphos Forest and that of Larnaca’s Salt Lake. The museum also boasts a large collection of embalmed migratory birds, as well as various exposed rocks and minerals from all different regions of Cyprus.
Museum opening hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am- 2:30pm, Wednesday: 7:30-4pm, Saturday: 8am-1pm. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1dLuFf7