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Immerse yourself in the culture of Cyprus by following one of the themed routes around the island…a journey that encapsulates legend, history, viticulture or religion in an enlightening and interesting way. Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty who was born from the seas of Pafos (Paphos)… As you wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, you will learn all about her birth, legend and character; the rituals connected with her cult, as well as the plants and seashells associated with her. For a unique opportunity to learn about the island’s longstanding tradition of winemaking, a tour of the wineries and wine producing villages offers the chance to indulge in some wine tasting, or sample other grape-based delicacies, visiting an old monastery or a quaint wine museum along the way. 

Western Cultural Route
Western Cultural Route

Discover the western region of the island and the roads less travelled, where hidden natural treasures and unexpected cultural discoveries unravel to paint a picture of an area that is both breathtaking and historically rich.

A drive towards the small town of Polis Chrysochous will instantly transport you to a peaceful oasis of seaside charm and beautiful scenery. Just a stone’s throw away is the traditional fishing village of Latchi, famous for its fresh fish that travels from the fisherman’s net, straight into the kitchens of the waterfront taverns, where visitors and locals alike enjoy it in a traditional ‘meze’ meal.

A boat trip from Latchi will take you into the heart of rocky coves, and you will not be able to resist plunging into the cooling turquoise waters for a dip, whilst at the nearby Baths of Aphrodite, legend tells that the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty used to do the same, many centuries ago. Her grotto is surrounded by an idyllic, lush landscape and walking trail dotted with fragrant flowers and herbs, and it is here that she met her lover, Adonis.

As you move higher inland, you will discover a winding labyrinth of villages dotted across the Laona Plateau, including Kathikas, Kritou Terra and Arodes. Thereafter, the sprawling, untamed natural beauty of the Akamas National Forest Park stretches all the way to the serene area of Pomos. There, the stunning Avakas Gorge leaves visitors in awe as it etches its way through the rugged countryside. The natural blessings of the area continue still with untouched beaches, whose pristine sands are secluded and far from the noise and the crowds.

As sunset fades to welcome the stars, a drive out towards Pomos in the evening reveals panoramic views and the sight of endless twinkling village lights. A selection of coastal establishments offer drinking with unparalleled views as the perfect way to end this romantic route.