The Akamas Peninsula, Cyprus

This rugged patch of western Cyprus and its environs has natural splendour and cultural wonders aplenty: ancient subterranean tombs and Roman remains dot the landscape outside Paphos, and winding cross-country pathways entice you to explore on foot or by bike. Watch turtles on Lara Beach, sip wine in a monastery, discover your own quiet grotto and marvel at mosaiics that have survived millenia. The isolated location means that, beyond the lap of luxury afforded by your hotel, there's not much in the way of laid-on entertainment bar small fishing villages and simple local tavernas – but that's exactly how we like it.

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When to go

This far east (just beneath Turkey and close to the Lebanon), there are no less than 300 days of sunshine a year, so there's no bad time to go. Wildflower blooms and fresh breezes makes March–May perfect for more active breaks, whereas die-hard beach bums may prefer the mercury-swelling summer. Either way, from spring until autumn, you can generally count on warm days and blue skies.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Paphos airport is the most convenient, about 40 minutes' drive from Polis, Latchi and the Akamas, with regular budget flights from the UK. Larnaca is further – 185km away – but more frequently served by scheduled flights from across Europe. You'll need to arrange a transfer, or hire a car, to get to your hotel.
  • Boats

    There are currently no passenger or car ferry services to southern Cyprus; flying is your only option.
  • Automobiles

    Driving is easy on Cyprus, which has decent roads and where traffic drives on the left (as it does in the UK). If you are staying longer than a few days, and having some indepence is important to you, you'll want a hire car – there are plenty of rental companies at both airports. Polis is well signed from Paphos; from there, head to Latchi and follow the road signposted for the Baths of Aphrodite.