I stayed in Tochni villages in Cyprus couple of weeks ago. I'm into yoga, so handily, they are offering private yoga classes with a local teacher, Sylvia Braun. Those who like yoga, it's a great experience - you get to practice in a picturesque environment with a very experienced teacher who tailors the practice according to your needs. I'm not a beginner so my classes were pretty advanced, but another person staying there was a total beginner and found the teacher to be very attentive. The accommodation was very comfortable, traditional houses. And I love Cyprus food (half-board included in the package). They have vegetarian options which was good for me. The beach is not accessible by foot but you can drive there. You can also do horse riding, hiking. Peace and quiet, beautiful people.
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This bar is run by two South African Cypriot brothers and is the HQ of the Paphos Tigers rugby club, so you won't be surprised to learn that it's the best place to find rugby being shown in football-crazed Paphos. They also do excellent food and there's free wifi. The brandy sours, cold beer, internet and board games make it an excellent place to while away an hour or three ...
Bar Street, near the tourist office.
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A wonderful blog, generally of day trips from Limassol, to scenic places all around around Cyprus with a decent assessment of their worth (and which season to go), clear directions and lovely pictures.
Just returned from a fantastic family friendly holiday at this luxury hotel on the coast. Superb service and facilities, very friendly and welcoming and sunshine every day!
Kyrenia is a beautiful Venetian harbour town in northern Cyprus (Turkish area) not known by many. It is believed that Kyrenia in North Cyprus has more than 6,000 year long history. Kyrenia today home to unique remains of countless civilisations, miles of natural sandy beaches, turquoise sea, and is sunny nearly all year around. It is an idyllic Mediterranean town that has something to offer for every one.
As the only Euro-Med destination not having officially adopted the Euro currency, North Cyprus is a heaven for deals for the more financially conscious and is slowly gaining recognition for being a great value destination.
In Northern Cyprus the currency for purchasing everything apart from real estate is the Turkish Lira which has fared much better against the British Pound in comparison to the Euro. This year, those who are destined for Cyprus in the hope of enjoying an affordable holiday in the sun, away from the UK's and Europe’s credit crunch situation should make certain they are holidaying on the right side (i.e., the North side) of the Green Line!
The ancient city of Kourion is the perfect place to visit on a day-trip if you are staying in Limassol and hire a car. Situated on the cliff-tops, the ruined city offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and you can see the remains of a number of significant Roman buildings.
The Roman Theatre has been recently restored to its former glory and is used as a venue for concerts and plays during the summer.
With the credit crunch really starting to bite and the Euro being so bad against the pound, I'd like to recommend North Cyprus as the place to go on holiday. I've been going on a regular basis for many years and have completely fallen in love with the place.
Apart from being exceptionally good value for money, North Cyprus has so much to offer - great beaches, beautiful historic sites, amazing wildlife, fantastic but cheap restaurants, friendly locals and much more. I go there to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and always come home feeling completely relaxed (even when I've taken the kids).
I always stay at the Mountain View Hotel, a 3-star English/Cypriot family run hotel in Kyrenia, as I'm made to feel so at home and am always shown to the best local restaurants. If you haven't been - North Cyprus really is a must visit place!
Dherinia lies on a hill, north of Ayia Napa in south-east Cyprus, on the edge of the no man’s land, which marks the border between the divided north and south.
One sunny, windy Easter-week day, we drove there and paid a tiny fee to climb steps from the haphazard garden of what is not much more than a shack, to a viewing platform where, through telescopes, you can scan a desolate and abandoned townscape of Famagusta, deserted during the conflict of 1974.
Our five-year-old son loved the telescopes and running round the platform, pointing out windmills and the sea, whilst our three-year-old daughter played happily (and safely) in the garden below, full of fig trees, plants and flowering bushes, feeding leaves to the giant tortoises that slowly ambled around a wire enclosure. We were mesmerised by the site of the empty buildings and houses, imagining the scenes on the day they were left amidst the violence and uproar.
Afterwards we sat in the garden at the wooden tables painted cobalt blue, having fresh, warm banana cake and tea, provided by the elderly, handsome owner, speaking grammatically perfect English - somehow a human embodiment of the region’s past. He has also lovingly curated a mini-museum to his country's sad history, with yellowing newspaper cuttings, photographs, signs and testimonies displayed. You are gently urged to write a comment in the visitors’ book before leaving.
The kids came away talking about their adventure and the fantastic cake. We adults found it an intensely moving, eerie and evocative experience.
Signed once you reach Dherinia, north of Paralimni in south east Cyprus.
I stayed in a youth hostel in Paphos some years ago now, but my best tip when I was there was to walk. The hostel was a good 20 minutes walk from the beach but it was just right to set me up for the day and the sights you see while walking among the locals cannot be beaten and you certainly won't get them by sticking to just the tourist areas.
Obviously get a good map and get your bearings in the day when you can judge whether an area is safe or not. Saves you some pennies too!
The Stallion Inn on Amathus Ave in Limassol in Cyprus is a great place to eat. They do all types of meals and the sweets are out of this world.
The service is great and the staff are fantastic, plus they have a large stock of wines, spirits, beers, soft drinks and liqueurs. We had a fortnight near to them and we had all our evening meals there, we thoroughly recommend the Stallion to everyone.
We spent a week over the Easter Holidays in Paphos - beautiful but can be "touristy".
The highlight of our trip was driving through the Troodos Mountains and eating at quaint villages high in the mountains. We also drove to Tylliria and visited a sanctuary for the endangered moufflon.
Plenty of archaelogical sites including the Tomb of the Kings and the famous Paphos Mosaics, most Cypriots seem devoted to Venus - Goddess of love and images of Venus can be found almost everywhere!
Food is delicious - superb mezes, friendly people; we also learnt a bit of Greek (although you can very easily get by in English as everyone speaks it there). This is a beautiful island, with lots to see and do.
We travelled with The Holiday Experts www.holiday-experts.co.uk
who were very efficient and got us accomodation at The Venus Beach Hotel in Paphos at very short notice (3 days!). Next time we'll probably opt for a smaller cottage somewhere in the mountains to absorb some true Cypriot culture.
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