Beyond Paphos

The Legend of Aphrodite

The area has strong links with myth and legend, especially the legend of Aphrodite – otherwise known as Venus – whose birth is said to have taken place on rocks along the coastline. Mandria is known for its fantastic variety of migratory birds and wonderfully scenic walks which are easily accessible thanks to the flat terrain around the area, as well as byzantine churches, many of which were looted as recently as the 1960s and have been restored in recent years.


The population of Pissouri is around 1,000, with around half of the residents of Northern European origin – ex-pats, visitors and tourists. Although developments are springing up to accommodate visitors, the village retains its authentic Cypriot character and is famous for grapes and wine-making. Aphrodite’s Rock is situated on the coast very close to Pissouri beach, and the village has a good range of amenities, tavernas and bars.

Coral Bay

A popular but tasteful resort for British tourists, Coral Bay is situated north of Paphos and boasts long stretches of soft white sandy beach with warm shallow waters making it ideal for family swimming and paddling. The beach is sheltered by limestone cliffs. Local tavernas rent out equipment for water activities and there are multiple bars, restaurants and shops close by. Watersports activities are also available. Coral Bay is accessible on the bus from Mandria via Paphos.


Latchi is a tranquil fishing village where walkers often enjoy the Aphrodite Trail, a 7km rocky trek through the Cypriot countryside. Latchi is also an ideal base as you embark on a trip to the Akamas National Park. At the harbour, Aquaplanet provide water sports, particularly scuba diving, and fresh seafood is a speciality in the local tavernas and restaurants. Latchi is a 40 minute drive from Paphos.