Villa Yiamas is in the village of Peyia which lies in the foothills above Coral Bay in the Paphos region of Cyprus. For the exact location, see our map.  Map

 Peyia is a traditional Cypriot Village which also contains a wide range of modern amenities and shops, without being a ‘tourist trap’. The centre of  Peyia is a ten minute walk away from Villa Yiamas. You will find a good selection of Shops, Banks, Tavernas and Bars. The biggest local supermarket, Philippos, is behind the village church. They carry almost everything you will need and they open every day from early morning until late in the evening.

 Below the church there are more shopping, eating and drinking places. There are Cafes for morning coffee and light lunches, Tavernas and Bars which open all day for food and drinks and classic Village Restaurants which offer excellent Village Mezes. Local villagers use these restaurants so you can be sure that they charge reasonable prices, not inflated ‘tourist’ prices.

 Further down the hill in Peyia you will find more restaurants, a Fruit and Vegetable store, Bakeries, a Butcher, a Pharmacy, Medical Centre, Dentist, an Electrical store and some very good ‘take away’ restaurants including a Delicatessen, Chinese, Indian and even Fish ‘n Chips.

 At the bottom of the hill just before Coral Bay there are two large supermarkets located next door to each other including another branch of Philippos, which offers a wide range of food and drink along with fresh counters selling meat, fish and Deli items.

 The Paphos region around Peyia is home to many places of interest, including:

 St George’s (5 miles from Villa Yiamas): Home to a pretty harbour, small beach, church and a cliff-top restaurant which offers superb views at sunset. Nearby is the Paphos Animal Park and the southern gateway to the Akamas Nature reserve.

 The Avacas Gorge (7 miles): The very deep and narrow Avacas Gorge offers an interesting walk just inside the southern gateway to the Akamas Nature reserve. Above the Gorge lies the isolated hilltop restaurant of Viklari’s Last Castle, nicknamed ‘Paradise’ by the owners of Villa Yiamas. Everybody must try this place, even just once…

 Lara Turtle Beach (9 miles): Lara is a quiet, secluded beach further inside the Akamas. This is a superb beach for some private sun-bathing, tidal-pools and body-surfing.

 Kathikas: (5 miles): Kathikas isin the hills above Peyia. It is a centre of commercial wine production and there are several smaller villages nearby, some with village museums but all providing a fascinating glimpse of traditional Cypriot life.

 Latchi Harbour (14 miles): Beyond Kathikas, a drive down to the North-West coast of Cyprus brings you to Latchi Harbour. The harbour is a colourful scene with fishing boats, luxury yachts, cruisers, self-drive hire boats and watersports outlets. There are some good fish restaurants around this harbour.

 Baths of Aphrodite (16 miles):  The reputed site where Aphrodite frolicked with her lovers is not itself a riveting sight but it is the starting point for two of the best walks in the region, known as the trails of Aphrodite and Adonis.

 Polis (14 miles): The town of Polis also lies on the North-west coast of Cyprus. There is an interesting square to explore here, surrounded by a range of shops selling some good – but also tacky – crafts and souvenirs.

 Ayios Neophytos Monastery (10 miles): This monastery was founded in the 12th Century by Ayios Neophytos, one of the most important Saints of Cyprus. The caves he cut into the hillside which can be visited today, along with a fascinating monastery Church, Museum and Courtyard.

 Paphos (10 miles): The work to preserve the extensive archaeology in Paphos inluding the Tombs of the Kings, Roman Mosaics, Amphitheatre, Byzantine Castle and a vast number of other sites has recently earned it the title of European City of Culture. There is also an interesting harbour, Medieval fort, a wide range of museums and markets, library, public beaches and a themed water-park which is great for the children.

 Further afield but still within a day-tour of Villa Yiamas there is yet more interest, including the wooded mountain walks at Stavros tis Psokas and Cedar Valley; the monastery of Khrysorroyiatissa at Panayia with a memorial to Archbishop Makarios; the traditional villages, monasteries, painted churches and nature trails of the Troodos Mountains; further Roman archeological sites at Kouklia and Kourion; and lovely beaches along the coastline from Pissouri.

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