Brief Introduction to Mandria
Mandria is a village located on the South-West coast of Cyprus in the Paphos district, less than ten miles from Paphos city itself. Conveniently situated a 10 minute drive from Paphos Airport, Mandria is a fantastic way to enjoy rural Cypriot life away from the crowds without the hassle of long bus or taxi transfers.
The idyllic village of Mandria enjoys especially fertile conditions and is surrounded by peanut, orange and clementine groves, banana trees and watermelon plantations, all under the backdrop of the breathtaking Trodos mountains. In a few minutes you can walk to the secluded coves of Mandria Bay, an unspoilt beach with warm, shallow water, perfect for relaxing away from the usual tourist traps.
The Legend of Aphrodite
The area has strong links with myth and legend, especially the legend of Aphrodite - otherwise known as Venus - whose birth is said to have taken place on rocks along the coastline. Mandria is known for its fantastic variety of migratory birds and wonderfully scenic walks which are easily accessible thanks to the flat terrain around the area, as well as byzantine churches, many of which were looted as recently as the 1960s and have been restored in recent years.
Mandria is also an ideal base from which to explore the Paphos area, with its championship golf courses, ancient ruins, watersports, resort facilities, spas and nightlife within a few short miles and easy access to the motorway. Alternatively, if you prefer not to hire a car during your visit, you will find everything you need for a relaxing holiday on your doorstep within the village itself, including local supermarkets, post office, market, cash machine, fish and chip restaurant, two traditional Cypriot tavernas and many ancient monasteries and ruins. Local food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced, and there are various annual events within the village, including saints days and the famous Peanut Festival, which are ideal for getting to know the locals.
A local bus route runs directly into Paphos for day trips, visits to the famous harbour and sightseeing - or, for those who wish to explore further afield, a 45 minute drive brings you to the Trodos Mountains, an ideal winter ski destination, or the second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol. There's even the chance to take time out with a two-day cruise to Egypt to see the pyramids.