The peaceful mountain village of Lysos is the perfect place to get away from it all, whether you simply want to lie back and soak up the sun, experience the hills and forests of the region or explore the local history and culture of Cyprus.

Lysos is situated in the west of Cyprus in the Paphos District. This traditional mountain village provides coffee shops that serve drinks, snacks and light meals, such as souvlaki, chops, chicken and salad; a small family-run hotel with restaurant, and a mini-market where you can buy your essentials. Lysos itself is surrounded by fields and lies on the edge of Paphos Forest with its nature trails and forest routes. It is a perfect location for walking, cycling, pony trekking and bird watching. Paphos Forest is a key site for nesting raptors, including Bonelli’s eagle, and for indigenous species including the short-toed treecreeper, the Cyprus wheatear and the Cyprus warbler.

The nearby villages of Peristerona and Steni have more coffee shops and restaurants for you to try. At Steni you will also find the ruins of the Monastery of  Chrysolakhourna with its 13th Century church and monastic buildings, as well as Hellenic remains.

A 15-minute drive brings you to the coast and the town of Polis with its picturesque square, museums, bars, restaurants and beach, as well as the Baths of Aphrodite, a grotto where, according to mythology, the goddess is said to have met her lover, Adonis.

More beaches, restaurants and bars can be found in the pretty harbour at Latchi, gateway to the wild and unspoilt Akamas Peninsula, a 230 square-kilometre nature reserve, famous for its Loggerhead and Green Turtle nesting sites and diversity of flora and fauna. Its deep gorges, sandy bays, nature trails and spectacular views make it ideal for hiking, cycling, diving and swimming in crystal clear waters.

Paphos, the regional capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its castle and archaeological park, where sites and monuments dating from prehistoric to medieval times have been uncovered and preserved, including the remains of Roman villas with fine mosaic floors and the Tomb of the Kings.

Look out for regional products and crafts while you’re here, including traditional basket-weaving, wood-carving, pottery and mosaics; halloumi cheeses, olive oil, and loukoumia, a traditional sweet similar to Turkish delight, often flavoured with rose, orange, lemon, mint, vanilla, nuts or chocolate.