We strongly recommend four full-day outings from Villa Yiamas:

 The Southern Akamas: Take a trip north up the coast towards Ayios Georgios, turning right at the fork towards the Akamas Nature Reserve. After a drive over a rough track turn right to visit Avacas Gorge. Return via Viklari’s (The Last Castle) for lunch and take in some fantastic views over Barbecue Pork or Chicken ‘Souvla’. You will need to book well in advance (Tel: 26 991088). After lunch, drive further up the coast to Lara Beach (turtle beach) and then on the way back get sunset views from the restaurant at Ayios Georgios. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle for this trip

 The North-West Coast: Drive up into the hills via Kathikas (any type of car will do on this trip) and its neighbouring villages Arodes and Ineia then go on down to the harbour at Latchi, where you might like to hire a powerboat (take a picnic and plenty to drink) and finish off with a fish supper at Yiango and Peter’s on the harbourside. If you prefer a tough mountain walk with stunning views instead of the powerboat ride, go beyond Latchi to Aphrodite’s Baths (which themselves are not very interesting) and do the Aphrodite Nature Trail. This is quite well signposted but take loads of water, a sun hat and sun block lotion! There are some steep and rocky bits but if you are fit you can complete the circuit in around 2.5 hours.

 The Troodos: Skirt around Paphos and along the main highway A6 to exit at Kouklia to visit the Sanctuary of Aphrodite and the Lusignon Manor House museum. Go back a short way to Nikoklia and follow signs on up into the Troodos Mountains through the beautiful Dhiarzos Valley to Ayios Yeoryos, Malia, and Omodhos, stopping here to have coffee and explore the craft shops. Continue up to Pano Platres for lunch. Then take a stroll along one of the local nature trails – the Caledonian Falls is a good one –  or keep going up to Troodos itself, the highest point on the Island, the furthest point from Villa Yiamas (at 34 miles) and the start point for several glorious mountain walks. The Persephone walk is a splendid easy stroll of 1 hr 45 min which packs a wide variety of scenery into a short distance along level terrain. After this, the best way to return to Peyia is via the fast road, still with good views through Alassa towards Limassol, turning right onto the A1/A6 highway.

 Kourion: Take the same road as the Troodos tour above but instead of leaving the highway at Kouklia, continue on to exit at Episkopi. Drive through the British Army base, stop off at the Kourion Archeological museum, the Temple of Apollo Yiatis and the Roman Stadium before reaching the main site of Kourion itself. This is a big area packed with archaeological finds, including several Roman Villas with mosaic floors, a restored amphitheatre, forum, hot baths and a Roman’s family home left just as it was ruined by a major earthquake in the 4th Century AD. Repair for lunch at one of the three restaurants on the nearby beach before returning to the main road from Episkopi but turning right there to visit Kolossi Castle. Then drive direct to the A6 Highway and turn left back towards Paphos. If the time is right, you can catch a romantic sunset at Petra tou Roumiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) by following signs from the A6 past the rocks and back onto the highway at the next junction.