This secluded haven will deliver a typically warm Cypriot welcome. Relax In peace and tranquillity in an unbeatably chilled out destination. You might never want to leave.
Goudi is a hidden gem within Cyprus, a tranquil village in the Chrysochous valley, in the region of Paphos and nestled on the banks of the River Tzelepis. The population is only about 150, so this really is a very sleepy village and that’s what attracts visitors who are looking for the slower pace of traditional village life. However, Goudi holidays are also perfectly positioned as the gateway for exploring the abundant nature and wildlife of the surrounding area. You’re only 31 kilometres from Paphos and six kilometres from Polis so there’s plenty to explore beyond the village of Goudi if you’d like to set a faster pace. The Troodos Mountains are close by for hiking, cycling and horse riding and so too is the Ammati Forest. Pack a picnic and take pleasure in the stunning natural scenery, scents and sounds, while taking plenty more pictures for the photo album.
Lush vineyards, trees laden with citrus fruit and almond and olive groves can be seen in the area. Be sure to sample some of the local olive oil from the modern olive press in the village which serves the locals and the olive producers in the nearby villages. From the top of the village you’ll glimpse the sea at Polis and the views across the Chrysochous Valley and villages south of Paphos Forest are amazing. Be sure to visit the village church, hike the area’s most scenic trails: Aphrodite, Adonis and Avakas Gorge or follow one of the wine routes. Nearby, the Evretou Dam is great for fishing and Tsada Golf course is only a short drive away too, so you will find plenty to keep you occupied.
Local legend has it that the village was named after the first settler, who may or may not have been called Goudis! However, it may also have originated from the word 'Voutima' (dip in water). Why not ask one of the locals while sharing a brew in one of the two coffee shops (kafenios)? Or just sit back under the vines and watch the world and the odd donkey saunter by. While the sun is out, head to the rural town of Polis and the peaceful resort of Latchi, only a few minutes’ drive away. After a morning on the beach, sample some freshly caught fish in Latchi, in the beautiful place where Aphrodite first fell in love with Adonis.
Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to find your inner calm and enjoy a restoratively peaceful holiday on your holiday to Goudi.
Things To Do
Goudi's close proximity to both Paphos & the Troodos mountains offer activities all year round: diving, golf, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, horse riding. For those who seek relaxation and pampering there are plenty of spa and health centres around Cyprus
Hiking: Numerous interesting walks can be found among the breathtaking Troodos mountains located to the east of Goudi. The Akamas peninsular, to the west of Goudi, also provides an excellent area for walking as it has been virtually untouched by tourism and development.
Cycling: Cyprus is a natural mountain-biking place. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain-biking in different tracks, making the island a paradise for the sport's fans. Due to the excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island, cycling sports can be enjoyed almost throughout the year.
Watersports: A wide variety of beach activities from water and jet skiing to windsurfing and pedal boating are catered for along the coast -particularly in the Paphos region - located approx 31 km south of Goudi.
Diving: There are over forty different dive sites in Cyprus. The best way to find out more is to visit one of the area's dive centres. Around Latchi and Akamas you will find the best scuba-diving available anywhere in Cyprus, with crystal clear water and no tides or strong currents to worry about.
Golf: Cyprus is quickly getting a reputation as the latest holiday Mecca for golfers. There are two 18-hole courses only a short drive from Paphos. The Tsada Golf Club near Tsada village is the oldest in Cyprus and is set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The Secret Valley Golf Club is slightly further away, about 18 kms east of Paphos.
Skiing: Skiing for the winter lovers. Cyprus is also becoming established as a destination for winter sports. In Cyprus, snow-skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus (1951 metres a.s.l.), from the beginning of January to the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 3 kms from Troodos hill resort.