Latchi is an unspoiled corner of Cyprus, ideal for families seeking a more tranquil holiday. Latchi masters the art of peace and quiet with its incredible verdure landscapes, whilst still managing to offer plenty of aquatic adventures, local entertainment and tasty fare just down the road from your Latchi holiday home.
Named after the old Greek word for well, ‘lakki’, Latchi is a traditional seaside village quaint with Cypriot charm. The brightly painted fishing boats are a focal point of the working harbour, which is bustling with local tavernas. The town locally known as ‘Latsi’ is sits on the coast between Polis and Cape of Akamus; a region steeped in mythology, enabling you to visit the haunts of Aphrodite and Akamus himself.
Situated on the edge of the Akamus National Park on the north-west coast of Cyprus, Latchi is bedecked with opulent countryside and bursting with rural character. The small town is also a haven for water babies with its abundance of sandy beaches and seaside sports. Cyprus itself is one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean, with approximately 300 sunny days every year, so the weather is ideal for crazy, or lazy, days on the beach.
At ten miles from Paphos and less than an hour’s drive from Paphos airport, Latchi is nicely tucked away from the cities without leaving you isolated with the hassle of long transfers. You can easily fit in a day trip to Paphos before coming home to see the evening sunset by the calm Latchi waters.
For those who wish to escape the crowds, enjoy fantastic food and explore the great outdoors or simply recline on a sunbed, Latchi couldn’t be a more fitting holiday destination.
Latchi is all about holidaying at your own pace, so what better way to tailor your holiday directly to your needs than treating yourself to staying in one of our Latchi holiday homes. Never mind crowded beaches, you won’t even have to share your pool! Our Latchi self catering holiday homes give you the freedom to escape the crowds, explore the restaurants and make the place your own. There are plenty of lovely Latchi holiday homes, from romantic hideaway to spacious villas for larger groups. To browse for your ideal retreat, just click the ‘View All Properties’ tab above!
Things to do from your Latchi holiday home
Despite its easy-going reputation, there is plenty to do in Latchi. Water sports are incredibly popular here as the marina and crystal clear waters make it an ideal scuba-diving location. A dive school is situated in Latchi itself but you can also enjoy some casual snorkelling around the bays. Other sports include water-skiing, surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, parasailing, sailing and even fishing! Whether you wish to practice a lifelong past time or try your hand at something new in the water, Latchi will have the facilities. If nothing in particular catches your eye, charter a boat for the day and explore this beautiful section of coastline. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, Latchi has a gorgeous pebble which is great for a leisurely swim or just a paddle!
It is well worth exploring the Akamus National Park which stretches along 3km of unblemished countryside. With 600 species of flora, 168 species of birds, 20 different types of serpents, 12 species of mammals and 16 kinds of butterflies you can see why even David Attenborough has taken the time to film here. Impressively, much of the habitats are indigenous to the area. For landscape lovers the coast is awash with gorges, cliffs, sand dunes and pine and juniper forests to explore; one of the best ways to do this is by going on a 4×4 safari. Alternatively, you can investigate the nature trails on foot or by cycling directly from your Latchi holiday home. Spectacles en route include Aphrodite’s Love Spring which is rumoured to overwhelm those who drink from it with youthful desire, Avgas Gorge, Androlikou Gorge and Avgas Ridge. Aphrodite’s Baths are also located nearby and are rumoured to be where she met both her husband and, perhaps more significantly, her lover Adonis before they met their tragic end.
Visitors to Latchi can enjoy the Peanut Festival in September. This Cypriot variation on the traditional Harvest Festival is celebrated with music, dance, food, wine and of course peanuts fresh from the groves. Head this way to see some of the village’s oldest traditions come to life.
Golfers won’t be disappointed by Latchi, with several courses located in and around the area. Elea, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley are particularly close by so make sure your clubs have pride of place in your Latchi self catering apartment.
For total relaxation visitors should head to Akamus Spa where they can indulge in the use of a health club, spa facilities, as well as a gym, tennis courts, volleyball courts and swimming pools. Whether you want to fit in a work out or lie back and be pampered, the spa will look after you.
Latchi is famed for its pretty tavernas, many of which are based on the waterfront by the harbour. Many old stone crab warehouses have been converted into restaurants, so the eateries are worth admiring for their architecture as well as their enviable menus! These places are well worth a visit when you want a night off from cooking in your Latchi self catering apartment; this way you can just head back to your terrace for a night cap!
Cypriot cuisine is delightfully fresh. Thanks to the fertile soils and flat plains of Cyprus, fruit and vegetables grow in lush abundance. In Latchi’s restaurants and markets you will typically find plenty of locally produced pistachios, bananas, peanuts, citrus fruits, olives, potatoes and herbs. Other traditional foods include goat’s milk, feta cheese, halloumi cheese, tahini, taramasalata, tzatziki, houmous and calamari! Food is often served meze style, with dishes such as souvlakia (kebabs and skewers) and the more exotic yemista (stuffed courgette flower). It goes without saying that the town serves delectably fresh seafood, so a trip to Latchi Fish and Chips is a must before you leave.
Just a few of the traditional tavernas include George’s Taverna which puts on Cypriot entertainment every Friday night, Yianni’s which is instantly recognisable for its eating area covered in romantic grape vines and Platia, which is fantastic value for equally great food.