If you are staying for a week, these are our recommendations.
Based on having a fairly chilled out time without excessive driving.
We have added ideas for other things to do in separate posts.
Walk away from the harbour to the left along a lovely path past hotels. Swim off the rocks using a ladder or arrive at two small beaches. The first one could easily be missed; it has no beach bar but is nice. If you like to listen to music and be a bit more crowded use the second one. A pair of beach shoes is a good buy if you have trouble walking over pebbles into the sea.
On the way back to the car, call in at the nut and sweet shop for honey-roasted nuts of many types and Cyprus (a.k.a. Turkish) Delight. Also have a look in one of the two leather shops for handbags, belts, wallets etc.
Head over the hills past Kathikas, down to the coast and right along the coast road signed to Akamas to reach Viklari “The Last Castle” Restaurant for lunch. Be sure to book first especially on Sundays to get an edge stone table with spectacular views.
Try Chix-Chox restaurant in the Central Square of Polis. Ask for the non-touristic menu and choose some lovely “starters” to share for a DIY light meze lunch. Really delicious mushrooms, dolmades, stuffed aubergines, courgettes and also home-made bread. Different from the identikit menus usually offered.
Book a table for the evening at Moustakallis Restaurant in Polis. It is great food and they are very welcoming. Richard’s father has known the family for years, and you can’t fail to spot the old man himself with the most amazing moustache!
Take a taxi and visit the very luxurious Anassa Hotel. The outside terrace is beautiful and if you go about 5:30pm you can watch the sun setting behind the hills of the Akamas nature reserve next to a lovely bay, a really magical experience in the honey coloured gentle light. The cocktails are fantastic (hence the taxi) and the Harvey Wallbanger simply sublime with delicious Cyprus fresh orange juice. The food is pretty expensive, so we just go for an evening drink. Sometimes a pianist plays in the bar, sometimes there is a singer too, adding to the ambience. Cocktails are not cheap but a real treat you won’t forget.