Exploring Cyprus

Rebecca Deacon on 17 September 2018
For some reason I had never been drawn to Cyprus, but this year I took a trip for a week with my husband and we loved it!

We stayed near to Paphos at the Athena Beach adults only hotel. They have a sister property next door for families. Located directly on the sea front, the location was perfect. Along the front of the hotel you could take the coastal path into Paphos harbour where there is an abundance of restaurants and bars to enjoy.

As we had already enjoyed what I call a fly and flop holiday in Dominican Republic in May we decided this was to be a more adventurous holiday. So for four days we hired a jeep and got out to explore the island in more detail. We were not disappointed, there is so much to see and do, with some hidden gems along the way!

The Troodos Mountains can be reached within just over an hour from Paphos and the scenery here is spectacular. During the summer months it is very pretty, and I am told that in the winter you can ski here! This is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, with the highest peak just short of 2000 metres. We accidently came across a beautiful waterfall, the Caledonia Waterfall is a short 5km walk and just stunning and very refreshing too!

We also enjoyed an afternoon at Sterna Winery located in Kathikas Village, a charming family owned winery with a small museum showing you their history. You experience a personal wine tasting and of course the opportunity to purchase some amazing wine at a great price! Don't miss out on the village on the way back - it is stunning!

The Sea Caves are well known in Cyprus for their unique beauty of characteristic formations, you won’t be disappointed! We went slightly off the beaten track to explore the quieter ones, and we were the only people there. It is said that if you cover yourself in the chalk and let it dry off in the sun, this is the best spa treatment you will ever have!

We are both foodies and love to seek out unique places to eat. We certainly managed that on this trip! If you are like me then I highly recommend the Last Castle at Viklari, the views and venue are incredible. You can only dine here at lunchtime and there is a set menu which is made up of barbeque, salad and the most incredible homemade chips ever! The journey, whilst a bit bumpy, is absolutely worth it! Our second recommendation for a cute bit of lunch and chill out is the Sea You Beach Bar along the coastal road near to Coral Bay. This funky place has an extensive menu for food and drinks, with a beautiful beach location. We took a wander down after our lunch and had it to ourselves! My third and final recommendation if you like a bit of cool music and Japanese food is the Notios Restaurant at the Almyra Hotel. Check their listings but these sunset sessions are fairly regular and allow you to enjoy the most amazing sunset and fabulous food with a cool vibe! I can’t wait to go back!

I can’t wait to go back and do some more exploring. For your own personal itinerary please feel free to get in touch!