Let’s finish the journey in Cyprus then. The first part of the post is here.
On Saturday, we went to Ayia Napa, where tried Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay. Both of them were great but we preferred the first one! In every beach in Larnaca you can rent a sunbed with an umbrella. A set (2 beds, 1 umbrella) was £7.5 which was reasonable for 4 of us. We were in the sea anyway so didn’t lie on it at the same time. The water was crystal clear and warm, the beer was cold ;), the sun and sand were hot and palm trees are big.
I have never really been a fan of beaches or sea, but time has changed and I couldn’t wait to go in. And of course, I wanted to get tanned. Beaches offered different water sports but we didn’t try them. It might be great fun, but we really enjoyed our time without it. It depends on your company, but if you want to have a party, stop looking for anything but Ayia Napa. Along the whole beach are loud music, there is a place for dance and the beaches are the best. We visited twice, but never stayed late night. As we heard it has great parties and if you want a proper night out, you should check it a bit more and carefully. 😉
If you visit Ayia Napa, check the Sculpture Park which is totally free and there are a lot of enormous and wonderful sculptures along with a huge place. There is another sculpture garden in Larnaca called Petreon Sculpture Park, but it was closed when we got there. There was another group arrived at the same time and checking the Facebook profile together, it seems to be opened only Sundays. Have a glance through the fence, it might worth to try and get in.
It was only one day when we didn’t go to the beach when we visited Paphos. It was a long journey although we started it early morning, we didn’t have much time to explore everything we wanted. The beach we found first was not really clean and we decided to skip it.
After a quick breakfast – and of course coffee – we jumped in the car and drove to Aphrodite’s Rock where the view was gorgeous and you could feel how nature is calm. We spent enough time there and followed our way to the Tombs of the Kings. To be honest, I didn’t like this place. Probably, because it was extremely hot without any shadow, I have already had a splitting headache and I was impatient to walk around. But others were in the same position as well. We, somehow, expected a little bit more than just bricks in a huge field. Also, I always feel weird walking on sands and tombs where I know people were buried. We didn’t spend a lot of time here then.
Next, we stopped at The Edro III Shipwreck right next to the coastline. There was a nice restaurant next to it Oniro By The Sea, where we planned to have our lunch, but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays and of course – we went there on exactly that day! Never mind, we took quite a few shoots with a shipwreck in the distance and with the amazing view around! Our last step was in the Paphos Harbour where we had a great dinner and rushed back to our accommodation and had a well-deserved sleep! I recommend spending more time in Paphos because there are a lot of opportunities there. It might be worth to spend a night over even you have accommodation in a different city as we had. We still had a few more places to check such as Paphos’ archeological theatre but we got a beautiful view along our car journey in exchange.
During this holiday we have tried different food and our favourite was meze. On Saturday we found a place in Larnaca with good review where even live music supposed to have all night, so we gave it a go! Zenon Tavern was cozy with a big enough garden. Unfortunately, the season of the live music started the following week so we were not lucky to listen to some Greek music (apart from the radio in the car), but the staff was absolutely friendly and helpful to explain what we have on our plates when served meze.
Also, we tried souvlaki and gyros a few times and the best we had was in Paphos, Riganatto. Also, I recommend trying Valia Restaurant in Larnaca where we eat twice. The place was at the corner of our accommodation and food and house wine was excellent. I have tried souvlaki and fish and chips (best of my life) there. It was a really busy restaurant but the staff was great and professional.
Well, I hope to get a bit of taste of Cyprus and consider to go there on your next holiday. We had definitely a great time there. It is amazing places to visit even you want to spend your time at the beach or you like to discover ancient and historical places. One week is definitely not enough but we always have to be grateful to get a chance and use it wisely!