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North Coast Of Cyprus - Overview
Kato Pyrgos is the last village before the Green Line that stands amongst peach orchards and is pleasantly low-key. There are a handful of traditional tavernas to enjoy and the only time these should be avoided is during the big two-week shutdown in August as the town’s hotels are packed to bursting point! The rest of the time, the area with its low-key tourism provides holidaymakers with a taste of authentic Cyprus which includes good food and deserted beaches.  
Discovering the isolated beauty of the north coast..

If you have rented a car, then you may well decide to drive eastwards from the market town of Polis Chrysochous to discover ‘the real Cyprus’. There is a string of little coastal villages and endless empty beaches to enjoy and time seems to have definitely ‘stood still’. Leaving Polis Chrysochous behind, the first stop is Argaka where the villagers once worked at the nearby Limni Mines to extricate copper and a little gold. Today the village is quiet in comparison, but its rolling surf and deserted beaches lure surfboarders and those who like to be ‘far from the madding crowd’.

Pomos is a smaller fishing village with a great fish taverna perched above its harbour and a tiny beach beyond! The name Pakhyammos translated means ‘broad sands’ and the beach at this point certainly has this as well as well as a beach volleyball net for the more energetic! Just outside Pakhyammos stands the new church of Ayios Raphaelos which is credited with healing powers and is a popular place of pilgrimage. It is a beautiful church and if you would like to light a candle for someone special, you can but please pop some money in the collection box.

Continuing eastwards, the road swings inland in a 20 kilometres detour around the Turkish -controlled Kokkina enclave with its various military camps. The journey is through wooded hillsides but is frustratingly long, and the little taverna at Mansoura at the end of the enclave is a welcome sight and is perfect for a drink and a meal of freshly caught fish and a welcome swim! But don’t ask for a menu as it is what ever was caught that morning!