Argaka snuggles into the hills on the west coast of Cyprus. Set between Pomos and Latchi, it’s a slow-paced village with a couple of churches and winding streets that lead to a handful of shops, coffee bars and tavernas. The unhurried vibe continues onto the sandy beach and up into the mountains, where walkers take relaxing strolls through the rural landscape.
The beach here is a long stretch of sand and shingle with wonderfully warm, crystal-clear water. And in line with Argaka’s relaxed pace, there’s really not much to do except lay out your towel and enjoy it. If you’re here in high summer, you might find that your neighbours are the endangered Green Turtles. By the way, if you do want sunloungers, you can hire them from Saint Barbara Restaurant, at the Polis end of the beach.
Figs, grapes, apples, oranges and lemons – the aroma of fruit will follow you at every turn in Argaka’s fertile surroundings. Unsurprisingly, walking is the most popular pastime in the area, and if you’re prepared to strike out into the hills you’ll be rewarded with secluded villages and Byzantine churches.
Speaking of walking, the Troodos Mountains – about an hour-and-a-half’s drive away – are filled with trails. One of the most popular is the Caledonia Falls trail, which follows a stream to an impressive waterfall. And trekkers often stop off at the picturesque village of Kakopetria, not least for the striking Medieval murals at Agios Nickolaos tis Stegis Church.