From Latchi to Fyti by Bus, Plus Tips

Trip Start May 27, 2012
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Where I plan to take you today!!

For more than a year now the small village of Fyti was on my mind and I wanted so much to include it in my guides. It is well known in Cyprus for its unique weaving.

The textiles made here are known as "Fythkiotika" or “Fytiotika” -the Cypriot and Greek pronunciation. These textiles stand out for their variety of design and rich colours.

On different guides the name appears as (Phiti, Foiti, or Phyti). It is located 25 kilometres north-east of Paphos and 20 kms from Polis. I am determined to take you here this morning. Last night I did all the planning, checked bus timetables and I am setting off after breakfast. I want to return the earliest possible though as I don't want to miss the beach. Of course there is a whole day ahead and I am positive that I can make it without delays.

The hotel I am staying is one stop from Aphrodite’s Baths and a few meters from Aphrodite’s Trail. (I want to walk this trail to Akamas with Rob and Mary my TravelPod friends and this is an open proposal to them and to any others who might want to come along). The best time to walk this trail is in spring. Any volunteer?

How I get from Latchi to Fyti:- Cost 3 euros.

I get bus #622 from outside the hotel for Polis which is very close.  In less than 15 minutes I am in bus #645 for Paphos. Unfortunately there is no bus access directly from Polis and I have to go all the way to Paphos to take the rural bus for Fyti but between us, this is what excites me…..getting to a destination with so little, -a bet I made to myself where I travel without spending much. I ask the bus driver for a 3 euro daily ticket and I keep it throughout the trip and show it each time to the different drivers. This means that I can use it throughout the day for any bus in Paphos and the district. The coach has air conditioning and I find it interesting to travel along with locals and tourists. When you get to Cyprus you will notice how popular buses are. On these trips I usually come across interesting people, and I always help tourists who happen to travel along by recommending places of interest and giving them tips. 

I talk a lot with locals and bus drivers as well because they happen to know well the route or the place I want to visit and I consider their tips important. Several bus drivers know me already, -like the one I came across this morning on my way to Polis. He remembered me and asked about the situation in Greece and he was curious to see where I am going next.

I have to wait for an hour in Paphos at the central Bus station (Karavella) to get bus #638 for Fyti. Several friends who read my entries tell me that it is easy for me to travel around by bus because I know the language, but I reply that the majority of Cypriots do speak English. Bus drivers and those working at central bus stations speak English for sure and I advice that tourists get in their timetables from bus stations.  Here in Paphos you can ask for the O.SY.PA blue booklets which are renewed each year. You can find more information Here:

I am at the main office (Karavela) talking with one of the employees and two ladies drop by asking for the rest room/toilet. The man behind the desk tells them that they have to walk a bit further to the other station. I find this unfair. He does not bother tell them to go to the coffee shop opposite the office. The men’s room is kept open, but the women’s room is luckily locked and it is very clean out there, but you have to ask for the key from the lady at the coffee shop.

I was given the key several times when I asked for it even without buying anything but it is nice to buy at least something if you are to use it.

I have plenty of time for a cup of coffee and all this time I am comfortably sitting opposite the bus station at the coffee shop. I spend the whole time talking on the phone with Mum at first, and then to friends and relatives.

It is not long when I am on my way to Fyti. Bus # 638 starts from Paphos passes through the villages of Tsada, Polemi, Psathi, Ayios Demitrianos, Kannaviou, Asproyia and stops at Panayia.  This last village is the birth village of Archbishop Makarios III. I happened to pass by it when I visited Paphos last year but never had the chance to walk through the village.  I am sitting at the very first seat very close to the driver and he tells me that I have to get off half way of this route to the village of Ayios Demitrianos and again a lorry will be there to drive me and any others to Fyti.

There are several canvas packs from the main post office of Paphos which the driver leaves in certain spots in the villages we pass through. I bet most of these envelopes are Electricity or Phone and some correspondence. I am surprised that this service is still provided with the help of rural buses.

We come to the square of Ayios Demitrianos and the lorry is already here waiting for us and in less than 3 minutes we are on our way to Fyti. As we approach the village the roadside was a mass of colour from the bright bougainvillea and other flowers, and the scent of the wild rosemary was often wafting through the open lorry windows.

The driver tells me that he will have 2 rounds to pick the school children and bring them to the village before he comes to pick me. On the first round I happened to be in one of the restaurants and he steps off the bus, approaches and tells me that he will be back for me in half an hour. So, I advice possible guests who plan coming here by bus to arrange with the driver the time they want to leave so the driver won’t leave them behind. Of course they have to be punctual otherwise he will drive off.

The next entry is all about this beautiful little village.

A Few Tips:

H i r i n g   a  c a r:

If you plan to explore the island the best way to do it is to hire a car. Travel independent if possible. I advise that you get a good map and try to use the main roads mostly. Petrol is quite cheap but before you set off make sure you have plenty especially if you plan to drive to more remote parts. The advantage of having a hired car is that you can drive to the smaller villages, and stay for as long as you wish.

If you plan driving to Akama/Aphrodite trail have in mind that you should hire a 4X4 jeep and not a saloon car because you cannot make it otherwise. There are plenty of companies to choose from and make sure that there is insurance within the quoted price.

T a x i s:

Moving around in taxis can be extremely expensive unless you can afford it.

Tell the taxi driver where exactly you want to go and ask approximately how much the drive will cost before you set off. Don’t rely on the meter.  A good idea is to write down the number plate just in case something goes wrong. 

Public Means of Transport:

Buses are very popular throughout the south part of the island (Greek part) they are punctual and safe. You have to dare it just for once and follow the rest of the tourists and you will be amazed on the quality of travel and the low cost! Drivers speak English -the majority of them are very friendly and hundreds of tourists use them daily. The Cyprus Transport Organization has bus routes to the most popular places of interest. 

T o u r  A g e n c i e s:

You can arrange to be picked by Tourist Agencies either from the hotel you are staying or the closer to you bus station (depending on the agreement made) and have a tour to the Mountains or any other place of interest for not much.  Both on my previous trip to Paphos and this one I came across one or two of these agencies and I want to try them next time.

Limassol Airport Express Shuttles – 9 euros
Find information Here:

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Comments

antonios antoniou on

I really like it and I will try it this week and I will comment further
GOOD WORK
U are an excellent editor

rossport
rossport on

well Done Popi and yes public transport can be a good means to get around we did that in canada as well as the Uk at times was easy and no parking hassles

mmbcross
mmbcross on

It's a great way to get around if your have enough time. Obviously a rental car is better, but much more expensive. Is it as easy to get around Greece by public bus too?

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

I guess you got tired even reading this long entry Martin, but certainly if you have time it is ok. I explain above the reasons why I use the buses. I wish there were trains in Cyprus as well. Yes, it is just as easy to travel around in buses in Greece as well. Now with this economic situation in Greece it won't be long when we shall be using ...horses even donkeys....lol

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