Serene seaside village
Latchi is a traditional fishing village nestled on Cyprus' north-west coast. A glimpse into laid-back life in small-town Cyprus, boats chug in and out of Latchi’s harbour each day. They haul in all manner of seafood, which is served up at the marina’s restaurants and tavernas. The long sand-and-pebble beach and clear waters make Latchi spot-on for swimming and snorkelling, and the nearby Lara Beach is worth a visit; it’s a protected site where endangered loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs.
Latchi ticks all the boxes for nature lovers and is an ideal jump-off point for exploring the Akamas peninsula. Nature trails wind their way through forests of pines and juniper trees, and the rocky gorges are home to dozens of species of birds and butterflies. This is also where you can see the mythical Baths of Aphrodite, where the goddess is said to have bathed before her marriage to Hephaestus, the maker of weapons for the gods.
Transfer time from Paphos airport to Latchi is approximately 1 hour.
Cyprus has Greek island-style summers that warm up quickly, with temperatures sticking in the low 20s around April and May. In the middle of summer, highs are well into the 30s, and you can still get away with great beach weather (in the slightly more comfortable 20s) around September and October. Cyprus doesn’t get particularly cold; things hover in the late teens throughout winter, with the odd rain shower.
Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Cyprus.
Most restaurants and hotel bills will include a 10% tip, so you don’t have to tip wait staff or bar staff. Even still, extra tips are always appreciated, especially if you received good service. Taxi drivers appreciate a tip; aim for about 10% of the fare.
The official languages of Cyprus are Turkish and Greek. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.