Latsi Beach in Paphos
There are several spellings for the small fishing village of Latsi: Latchi, Lachi, and even Lakki. But no matter how you decide to spell it, it will not take away from the charm of the place. Latsi is largely unspoiled. Located next to the Akamas National Park on the Akamas Peninsula, the village itself is an idyllic treasure. And sunkissed Latsi Beach is the perfect spot for sunbathing.
Top Things to Do at Latsi Beach
Latsi Beach is a long, pebbly stretch with clean waters just by the marina of the village. The waves bring plenty of algae to the shores, but these don’t seem to dampen the enthusiasms of the visitors. It’s safe to swim here, and there are also lifeguards on duty from May until October. Latsi Beach is a favorite among locals, but it also attracts Russian and British tourists. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for your convenience, as well as beach bars and taverna famous for its catch-of-the-day fish menus.
Because the beach is located next to the marina, you can always take the opportunity for a boat tour to Blue Lagoon, a famous beach that can be only reached by boat. Many visitors also take boat tours from here to the Akamas National Park.
Latsi is also a right spot for scuba diving. There’s a watersports center in the fishing harbor offering equipment rental, guides, and instructors, plus boat tours and rentals, plus other marine services.
Near Latsi Beach you will find the grotto where Adonis fell in love with Aphrodite. He spotted her taking a bath in the water in front of the cave, and her beauty enraptured him. Visiting the mythical Baths of Aphrodite should be at the top of your list of things to do when you are in Latsi. From here, you can watch the Bay of Polis Chrysochous stretching with cerulean waves in the distance. It is a magnificent site, surrounded by wildflowers and exotic vegetation. A huge fig tree throws its shadow over the pool. The Baths are also a significant stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
The protected Akamas National Park covers 230 km² of fertile land, with over 530 indigenous plants. The best place to see it is in spring when its flowers are in bloom. Summers will also be rewarding if you take a hike on the Aphrodite or Adonis trails, which both offer impressive views of the Bay of Polis. Since the park is so close to the Latsi Beach, many tourists include it in their itineraries when they visit the village of Latsi.