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 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.
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.
Mandria Bay is made up of sheltered coves surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops, and the beaches are not specifically tourist beaches, so you will never run into the problem of unpleasant overcrowding, noise or litter, even in peak season. The water is clear, crystal-clean and warm, reaching well over 20 degrees Celsius in the height of summer, and the rock pools and shallow waters provide ideal and safe opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, paddling and fishing. The choice of sand and shingle beaches and sheltered locations make beach barbecues a real pleasure for the whole family, and the fruit trees continue to provide shady spots around thecoast if you prefer to avoid the direct glare of the sun.