POLIS

Polis is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve. It is a quiet tourist resort, the inhabitants’ income being supplemented by agriculture and fishing. Polis is served by the fishing port of Latchi—a pole of attraction all the year round and reputed for its fish taverns, sea-sport facilities and boat rides up to Akamas—a must for all Polis visitors. However, the great advantage of Polis is its close vicinity to the utmost beautiful Akamas peninsula, anature reserve area, destined to become a National Park, with its renowned Baths of Aphrodite. Α walk along its nature trails accompanied by the panoramic view of the bay of Polis is a popular experience with both locals and tourists.

The local Museum of Marion – Arsinoe at Polis was founded in 1998 by the Government of Cyprus and Nicos Shacolas. The museum consists of three exhibition spaces—Rooms I and II and the Atrium. Objects in Room I derive from an extensive area around Polis and are chronologically arranged, so as to portray its historical development from the Neolithicand Chalcolithic to the Medieval periods. Another museum, the Polis Culture Centre, which opened on the 15 October 2001, contains theatre stage and a 400 person capacity seating area.

The town is close to where Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, would meet her beloved Adonis. The Baths of Aphrodite and the recently discovered ruins of the medieval Georgian Orthodox monastery of Gialia are located near the town. Polis Chrysochous Campsite is the only place in Cyprus where a eucalyptus forest meets the coast. Polis square has shops, traditional restaurants, and cafes with internet access.