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Great holiday destination for all
Member Name: smudge377
Date: 25/09/08, updated on 25/09/08 (36 review reads)
Advantages: so much variety, beaches, mountains, entertainment all round
Disadvantages: some of the beaches get very packed- esp coral bay
Having visited cyprus twice I can throughly reccomend it. There is everything there you need for a great holiday.
We stayed in paphos, the first time, in a resort self catering place called the Valley of the Kings apartments. It was fine, as a base, clean and tidy, nice pool for a dip at the end of the day, and the on site restaurant was surprisingly good.
Second time we split our stay between a private rented apartment in Chlorakis, on a gated community, which was all very cliquy ex pats, and really didn'rt enjoy this so much, but loved our stay at the HOtel Minerva in Platres, run by a botanist with a special interest in orchids, he was fascinating, and the garden of the hotel was extrodinary. The rooms were beautifully done, with 4 poster beds, very romantic. Great places to eat in Platres too- Johns Cafe highly reccommended.
We spent most of our time exploring.
Hire a 4x4 and go off roading on the Akamas penisula. If you want a special beach drive around Akamas to Fountaina amarosa, a deserted, sandy beach with blue sea, just perfect. Some of the tracks are really steep and quite scarey to drive, but well worth it for the view.
Swim in the sea caves around Aghios Georgios. Also a great spot for bird watching, esp Hoopoes. There is also a little bird garden worth visiting.
Drive up to the north coast and visit the towns of Polis and Lacthi, OK beaches, with places to eat along the front. From Latchi you can drive on to the bathes of Aphrodite, a bit of an anti climax, but carry on up to access the Akamas pensula from the top.
Visit the mountain villages of Pegeia and kathikas to see the real cyprus, and again some really nice tavernas to stop at.
Also take a trip up into the troodos mountains, much cooler, when its getting hotter by the sea. Many great walks available from the town of Troodos. There is a donkey sanctuary near platres that does great work, so please visit.
For the kids the water park in Paphos is really good fun.
Paphos itself is OK, nice to wander along the harbour at night, when its all lit up, but quite touristy.
I would avoid Coral Bay, that really is touristy, with shops selling hats and sunbeds and a very busy, crowded sandy beach. There are so many nicer quieter beaches to choose from.
On Akamas, Lara Beach is a wide sweep of a bay, where apparently the turtles come to lay eggs.
Because they drive on the same side of the road as us it is even easier.
Lovely people, nice food, and loaads of things to do.
See some of the "other cyprus"
Summary: go and see, you will love it