By Marie-Ange West
In June, my husband and I went to Cyprus for 11 days to attend our friends’ wedding and have a break.
Cyprus is divided into 2 parts. The northern third is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the southern two-third by Greek Cypriots.
If you’ve had enough of rainy and cold Britain, I recommend that you go to the Southern part. It’s sunny every day there in the Summer. Also, most Greek Cypriots speak English, so you won’t have to worry about carrying your dictionary or phrasebook around.
From Cardiff International Airport, the flight to Paphos takes about four and half hours.
Once you arrive at Paphos, you can travel around by bus very cheaply, although we found it really helpful to have done some advance planning via the Internet. For example, from Paphos airport to Paphos city centre the bus ticket is only 1 Euro. Much cheaper than buses in the UK!
If you want to stay in an affordable, but comfortable hotel in Paphos, try the Pyramos Hotel. It costs around €40 per night. The hotel is clean and the staff are very friendly. Also, they have free Wi-Fi, which is great if you want to use your smartphone or laptop for the internet.
Near Paphos, you can go and see Aphrodite’s Rock. Some people believe that if you swim around the rock 3 times you will have eternal youth. Though if that worked, there wouldn’t be any elderly people in Cyprus…
The archaeological park at Kourion, between Limassol and Paphos, is also worth a visit if you are interested in mosaics and Greek mythology.
From the main bus station in Paphos, we took an intercity bus (for 3 Euros!) to Limassol where our friend’s family live. We stayed in the Grand Resort for 3 nights. We absolutely loved this hotel. The garden rooms are amazing, the food is yummy and the pool is fantastic. I think we would have stayed there for longer if it had been cheaper. But if you want to treat yourself, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s lush, as one of my Swansea friends would say!
In Limassol, there is a lovely and very long promenade which is ideal for walking, jogging or admiring the view.
There are also some nice beaches, like Governor’s beach, where our friends had their wedding ceremony.
From Limassol, we hired a car and drove up to Protaras. We stayed in a holiday apartment in Malama holiday village. This is a great place to go to if you have kids. There are a lot of activities for them, including beach polo, aqua gym, archery, and 3 nice pools. If you go half board, the meals in the evening are not too bad. You get to sample food from a variety of different countries every day.
In the evening, I recommend that you go to Ayia Napa or Protaras as there are many places to eat and shop there – even late at night.
During the day, if you are feeling energetic (I mean if you have enough of staying at the pool side), there are a few popular ‘Blue Flag’ beaches to go to:
Nissi beach is lovely even though a little bit crowded. There is also Macronissos Beach and the lovely Konnos Bay, within the Cape Greco National Park. At Konnos Bay, you can hire sun loungers that float in the water, which are quite cool.
All in all, we really enjoyed our holiday in southern Cyprus. Next time we go we will visit the northern part as the landscapes are said to be even more beautiful there.
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