The place has gone to rack and ruins
Love history? Spend a day visiting the historical landmarks in and around Chlorakas. Start with the bronze statue of Georgios Grivas Digenis who was an important figure in Cyprus’s fight for independence. Close by you’ll find a museum dedicated to him and his final resting place. Take in the Byzantine architecture of the Agios Nikolaos chapel, built on a cliff facing the sea.
Head for nearby Paphos and the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient necropolis built from rock. Its underground chambers contain the remains of Ptolemaic aristocrats from as far back as the 3rd century B.C.
As the sun goes down
Chlorakas holidays provide respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Ten minutes away is Paphos, another popular seafront resort where plenty is happening in the evenings to keep even the most ardent partygoer entertained. Start your evening in the harbour with dinner and views of the water. Stroll up the promenade and drop into Greek and Turkish inspired bars or make yourself at home in a British pub. Then, head for Agiou Antoniou Street where the party really starts in the best bars and clubs Paphos has to offer.
For a more authentic Cypriot experience, spend some time with the locals in the tavernas of the old town. Try an ice cold KEO (beer) or a Cypriot brandy like Five Kings.
Bring your activewear
The pretty Akamas Peninsula is worth a visit. You can travel up valleys, down gorges and swim in blue lagoons as you explore this important ecological environment. Start with Avakas Gorge. Trek along the 2.5 km path through the gorge but be warned, at its narrowest point it’s only three metres wide!
View nature at its finest at Lara Beach, an isolated piece of sand which is the breeding ground for the endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles. Between May and August, you may even see turtles laying their eggs. Explore the valleys and rock formation on a hike along one of the official Akamas nature trails. Then, hop on a boat and head for the Blue Lagoon where you can swim and snorkel in the clearest waters you’re ever likely to see.
Go further afield
Add a little extra to your Chlorakas holiday with a visit to Limassol, only 70 minutes by bus. The southernmost city of Europe, Limassol still does things the traditional way, like making olive oil. See how it’s done at the Oleastro Olive Park and Museum. Hit the beautiful beaches, enjoy meze in a local taverna, and take a stroll down the picture-perfect promenade.
The ancient landmarks are not to be missed. The Kourion archaeological site is home to a Roman amphitheatre, a Christian basilica and villas with mosaic floors. Visit the medieval castle at the mouth of the river Kouris, the Temple of Apollo Hylates, and the old town. Meander through the narrow streets around Limassol Castle, discover traditional workshops and modern boutiques before heading to Saripolou Square to enjoy a cold drink in a café.
Chlorakas is perfect for that annual family holiday, a romantic break for two, or just to relax and recharge your batteries in peaceful surroundings. While away your days on the beach or head for the hills of the nearby Akamas Peninsular. Hit the town in Paphos or get lost in the ruins of Limassol. Whatever you choose to do on your holiday in Chlorakas, you’ll be glad you came.