We met alot of people in Cyprus that got their eyes tested while they were there,the glasses over there are alot cheaper than at home and i don't think they waited that long after having a eye test before picking up the glasses.There are hundreds of opticians all over Cyprus.
The restaurant where only locals eat
The Riccos beach restaurant is located at the edge of Geroskypou municipality in Paphos, on the way to Limassol. It is located on a beach, near some of the most luxurious hotels in Paphos area.
It is a restaurant where mostly local people are comming to eat, to meet each other and to discuss about politics. Food is excellent, and only local cuisine is served. Everything they serve is prepared traditional way. Prices are quite modest, not really cheap but neither expencive. Four people can eat and drink well for like 25 - 30 CYP (maybe even less).
Set on the north-westerly headland of Coral Bay (bus route 15), Maa Paliokastro is an excavated prehistoric site which is worth a visit.
First settled in the Copper Age, later Aegean settlers built their village there around 1200BC. It was a pretty wealthy place judging by the size of some of the houses (and there are also the remains of some public buildings) . Destroyed in 1185BC (possibly by pirates) it was rebuilt and finally abandoned in 1150BC.
There's a partially-sunken museum on site, built in the style of a Greek tomb, with interesting finds and information boards.
Most amazingly, the whole site is entirely covered with huge potsherds; it's a strange and wonderful feeling to hold something 3000 years old.
More detail in my travelogue
The harbourside restaurants may look like tourist traps but they provide excellent food at reasonable prices. Especially when you go for seafood or a meza. Be sure you are VERY hungry before starting a Meza. The Seafood Meza.
Local flavour at its best
OK, this is a place to be experienced once. Bring a Tea Towel, it is a tradition.
Phideas Tavern in Coral Bay is where the locals eat. It is not special, the food is good but not spectacular, the tables are plastic covered and the roof is covered in tea towels.
What makes this place special is the service and the Phideas himself.
By random luck, we read about this place on VT before going to Cyprus. So we bought a Tea Towel just in case. One night, when 22 of our family and friends got together to go eat, we decided to drop in without warning. My sister, brother in law and Niece were the first to arrive and they waited outside. Phideas came to the door and said, "come on in" they told him they were waiting for some others. and he asked "how many ? 20 - 25?" they anwered yes and he said "well come in anyways, it is cold outside! " It was 27 Deg Cel at the time.
this started our adventure with Phideas. He set the tables, drinks came first, then food and lots of it. Different kinds, no menus, just different plates of everything. He even sorted out the vegetarians in our group.
Without warning and without ignoring the rest of his customers, he fed the 22 in our group quickly and with his quirky style.
Like I said, not the best, but fun and well fed.
Look for the Canadian Tea towel near the fan, that is from us! Phideas does not give out menus, it is wine, beer, and food.
Meze style, whatever his cook is making you are eating. A great adventure in food.