Since we’re back from our vacation,
everyone asks us: “What is Cyprus like?”
First of all, this third island of the Mediterranean Sea is divided into two,
to the south the Republic of Cyprus, recognized and EU member, to the
north the self-proclaimed Republic of Turkey. In fact, to visit a part of the
capital, Nicosia, we showed our documents at the two borders. Thanks to
its position among three different continents: Europe, Asia and Africa, the
island of Cyprus attracts above all northern European and Russian
Our base for two weeks was in Pafos, a city rich in coastal resorts and
archaeological sites. Here, where the sun is seen 300 days a year, chose
to live my brother with his family. We mainly came to celebrate the
baptism of our beautiful nephew, born a few months ago.
My brother, guide and personal driver, took us to see breathtaking places,
some new for him too. A very important thing for those who have to rent a
car, I remember the guide on the left, just like in the UK. Done certainly
due to the previous state, the British Colony in Cyprus.
Here are the things to see and do nearby:
The most popular sandy beach, is 12 km north of the city of
Pafos. Small but equipped, with bar and free parking. Here the cost of an
umbrella and two sunbeds is 7.50 euros, obviously for the whole day.
Great for a beach awarded with the blue flag.
Kings Avenue Mall
Our afternoon retreat in the heart of Pafos,
right in front of my brother’s home. A relaxing shopping experience
in a very modern and convenient mall. To make tax free the minimum
cost is 50 euros and VAT is 19%. For more detailed information visit
Tombs of the Kings
In a separate area, a large necropolis, World
Heritage, well protected by UNESCO, about two kilometers from the
center. A special and suggestive visit recommended in the cooler hours
of the day to discover the burial sites of aristocrats and senior officials.
A historical landmark of the city, is located exactly at the
end of the harbor. With a medieval structure, it served as a fortress,
prison and even a salt warehouse during the British occupation of the
island. Now it welcomes many tourists in the evening events, especially
when the cultural festival takes place. Please consult the cyprusevents.net
Still being excavated, is located in the area that
leads from the Kings Avenue Mall to the port. It has an enviable historical
and archaeological wealth, as the town of Pafos was named the European
capital of culture in 2017.
On the Akamas peninsula, a wonderful place where you
arrive with a boat trip starting from the port of Latchi. Here diving into
crystal clear waters is an unforgettable experience. No one would like to
leave this inviting and refreshing natural pool.
The baths of Aphrodite
Near Latchi, a small cave above the hill, which can be reached on foot by
crossing a beautiful botanical garden that gives peace and tranquility to
tourists. Greek mythology tells that he was here, in the small natural pool,
where the goddess of love and beauty bathed. The same location where
Adonis saw her for the first time and fell in love. Other local myths say
that water from the baths of Aphrodite brings fertility, prolongs the
beauty and youth of those who touch the waters. Actually, you can only
wet your hands and face, as it is forbidden to bathe in this place. 😉
Petra tou Romiou
A small pebble beach, is located on the scenic road
that connects the two cities Pafos and Limassol. Directly from the car park
with coffee shop take the pedestrian underpass to arrive at the beach in
complete safety. The mythological birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek
goddess of love, emerged from the foam of the waves.
Tthe largest water park in Pafos, suitable for
children and adults. Fun guaranteed from early April to late October. It is
located a few kilometers south of the city going towards the Rikkos beach.
A family visit of wildlife, including monkeys, giraffes,
crocodiles, white lions, tigers and many others.
One of the last nesting places in the Mediterranean Sea for
green turtles. To reach this wide and practically deserted beach you need
a 4×4 vehicle. Furthermore, this is another secret place for an
unforgettable sunset experience.
The highest peak of the island, is part of the Troodos
mountain ranges, in the Cypriot part. For nature lovers, it will be an
adventure to walk along a nature trail to discover the local flora and
fauna. In the summer season, it is the ideal place to escape from the
scorching heat, but in winter it is the magical place for skiers and
snowboarders. The Troodos area is one of the richest copper areas
in the world.
At the end of a holiday, I first try to focus on positive things.
In this case, the time spent with the family and friends I found there.
Pafos offers many professional opportunities and the communities of
foreigners such as Romanians, Russians and English have seized the
opportunity. Leaving in the last place the less positive things like the few
flights from Italy or the fact of not finding the bins for separate waste
collection or the fact that in stores they still offer plastic bags.
This post will be updated the next time I will go to Cyprus. 😉