If you read my article about Paphos, well, that’s the better “suite” of it. Because if you’ve reached Paphos, you shouldn’t leave without seeing Latchi (“Latsi” in Greek). A 40-min drive away (more or less), Latchi is a small village that reserves many beautiful surprises. I won’t be exaggerating if I said it was the best part of my “seaside” stay in Cyprus.
Here are the top things you will love seeing or experiencing:
Even if you’re here for a day, you make sure to visit the Akamas, Latchi’s most famous “attraction”. This 230sqm natural park makes the northwest tip of Cyprus and offers so much to explore. Although the area includes vast spaces to walk and trails to hike, what’s surprising is that it allows off-roads by car or quad (ATV) inside the reserve. I personally recommend you to go for the latter if you want to see the most of it. We personally rent a quad (for 90 euros/day) and ventured in the sandy wilderness of the Akamas. Let’s go!
PS: Some boats offer trips around the peninsula, however they will only take you to two spots and you will get to explore the reserve only by sea according to a scheduled program. Renting your own quad will give you the freedom to explore both the land and the waters at your own pace, which is way better.
Besides the excitement of the off-road trip, what took our breaths away was the beauty of the peninsula’s nature, beaches, and waters. The scenery was breathtaking along the way and we loved stopping at our own pace to contemplate and take pictures.
If you want to make the most of your trip, drop Aphrodite’s Baths (no big deal to see here), and head straight to the Blue Lagoon and Lara (turtle) reserve. I hope the photos will give enough credit to what my bare eyes saw.
My favorite spot in the Akamas! Totally secluded and quiet (practically deserted), the Lara bay is a long and intact gorgeous stretch of sandy beach that makes it a small paradise. It’s the ultimate spot to relax, read your book, and dive into heavenly waters. It’s also called Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station as it’s a birth ground and protected area for turtles. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some!
Add a touch of luxury to your stay by visiting the five-star magnificent Anassa hotel. Located on a hill overlooking the coastline, the hotel is a dreamy getaway with its glamour design, gourmet restaurants, and stunning views. If you can’t afford staying a night, you can just treat yourself to an amazing sunset and drinks on the terrace, just like we did.
We chose this restaurant by mistake and it turned out to be our best seafood experience by the beach in Cyprus. The family-run place offers fresh seafood in a variety of platters and specialties at very fair prices. We enjoyed a lovely spread at a stone’s throw from the sea, and highly recommend this address.