by Isabella Perkins
Cyprus is a trove of hidden gems. Beyond the private pools of the luxury villas, sits a quaint collection of historic, unsung towns and villages. When it comes to holidaying here, you’re simply spoilt for choice for things to do and places to visit. On your next trip to the Mediterranean island, why not explore the vast wealth of culture and scenery unique to the area of Paphos and beyond?
Towns near Paphos
Just a short drive from Coral Bay, the village of Tala offers visitors an exclusive insight into traditional Cypriot culture. Don’t fancy cooking up a storm from the comfort of your villa? Why not sample some delicious local cuisine from one of its many welcoming taverns? Here you’ll taste Greek dishes like kleftiko and beef stifado, or you might even be fortunate enough to sample some flavoursome rabbit. Best served under gleaming Mediterranean architecture, this leaves visitors with an unrivalled taste of Tala.
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Views of the Mediterranean
Eight kilometres north of Coral Bay, you’ll find the charming village of Kissonerga. It's home to an elegant selection of coastal restaurants – so now you know where to eat before your stroll along the Cypriot cliff lines. Thirsty? Enjoy a well earned drink from any of the town’s sophisticated bars. From here, visitors are rewarded with a dramatic view of the area from more than a hundred metres above sea level – the ultimate way to unwind.
Inland beauty spots
Venturing further inland, the scenery continues to mesmerise. The town of Armou boasts panoramic views over Paphos, stretching far across the white buildings and beaches which make the region so special. For the golfer in you, it’s just a short jaunt to the stunning Minthis Hills Golf Club. Over 500 metres high, the course boasts refreshing breezes ensuring you’re kept cool even in the searing heat of the summer months.
Family friendly towns
For a succinct blend of Greek, European, and Middle Eastern culture, visit the coastal village of Chloraka. Just south of Coral Bay and St Georges, it combines traditional Cypriot buildings with modern architecture, bars, and elegant restaurants. Cool off in the clear blue waters, or relax in the excellent facilities aimed at the 3 f's of your holiday – fun, food, and family. The town is also home to Akritas Chlorakas, a second division Cypriot football team. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area during match season, why not cheer them on at their next game?
Experience historic cultures
For a real history lesson, venture north to Lempa. The village boasts a remarkably long history dating all the way back to 2500 BC! Mediterranean in every sense of the word, Lempa accommodates citrus, olive and tomato farming. It is also a rare European location as it can grow bananas, what’s not to love?
Self-catering holidays give you a freedom unlike any other holiday – use it to explore these enriching towns and Cypriot hidden gems!
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Isabella Perkins is a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.