Nicosia - view from high-up
Go to the top floor of Debenhams' store on the Greek side - it leads to the viewing tower which is well worth a look.
From there you can see across the green line to the Turkish side - with a great view of the huge "Turkish" Cypriot flag drawn on the far mountainside, and the mosque etc.
Remember to take your passport if you wish to cross the "green Line" to teh Turkish-controlled side.
Unique Suggestions: Take your passport - if you want to cross-over to the Turkish side (or vice-versa I suppose)
Tipping in Cyprus
Hotels and restaurants normally include a service charge of around 10%-15% in the bill. If a service charge is not included, tipping of 10%-15% is expected.
Taxi services expect a 10% tip, however it depends on you and how satisfied you are to offer a tip.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
It can be too Noisy
Agia Napa is voted as the #1 beach among other 25 European beaches this year (2011).
It will surely be quite noisy because many people will want to visit.
Those who don’t enjoy noise and bright lights are advised to stay clear of the central monastery square area which is where most of the popular nightclubs are found.
The main clubbing season is between June and September and during this period the resort is packed with young people from all over the world.
Older holiday makers may prefer to enjoy the resort during the months of April, May, October and November when the weather is still good, the sea relatively warm and the tempo quieter.
One thing is for sure, and this is that Cyprus is beautiful the whole year round!!!
Fun Alternatives: Nissi Beach tends to be overcrowded, but there are other beaches within easy reach where it is possible to enjoy peace and quiet.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Family Travel
Party-tickets sold on your door
As soon as you've landed on the island you will be approach, both on the street, by the pool, on the beach and at your hotel room, by different people hired to do promotion and sell tickets for arranged parties around the island. Boat-trips, ladies' night, bbq-party, tex-mex party, beach party, foam party..the lot.. These people are paid after how many people they convince to buy tickets for the parties and will especially target newcomers/new arrivals.. just by looking at your tan or non-existing tan and how confused you look, they are able to spot you. Most of them will demand a deposit, you pay for part of your ticket or the whole price.. and they can be quite aggressive, turning up at your door several times a day to get you to buy tickets. They promise you food, drinks, photos, gifts...different things, sometimes you don't get what you pay for and if you do get anything it's crap.. champagne = local wine, drinks and cocktails = one large bowl of a bad mixture local spirits and juice.. etc..
Unique Suggestions: If you really want to go to one of the arranged parties around the island, whether it's a boat-trip or a beach party, be sure to talk to somebody that has been there and can confirm that you actually get what you pay for or that it's worth the money. Most people will tell you to forget about it, because it's just a lot of crap.
Fun Alternatives: Instead, go out and have fun, spend your money on restaurants, beach activities or clubs, at least you get value for your money.
- School Holidays
TAXI'S RIP OFF
In Ayia Napa taxi drivers unfortunatly don't follow laws, don't even use taximeters they just rip off their customers. They take advantage the fact that is a lot of demand and they are constantly bussy so they charge whatever they want to cherge. It's unfair that they can make 5000 CYP in one month; about 5 times more than the avarage person in Cyprus and they achieve that by just ripping off travellers. AVOID THEM.
Unique Suggestions: If you ever use a taxi in Ayia Napa don't be damn ask them to use their taximeters; if they refuse then you got the right to pay whatever you think the real price is even if it's much lower of what he asked.
Fun Alternatives: The best way to travel in Ayia Napa is to hire a bicycle in such way you can be environmentally friendly and distances are small, or a motor bike just like most locals and travellers. You can also use buses.
Sun Beds On Top Of Each Other
It is very overcrowded in the height of summer. You will find it difficult to get a sunbed unless you are there before 11am in July and August.
Unique Suggestions: I recommend going out of season. From mid-September onwards it begins to quieten down. If you happen to be in the area in April or May, it is also fairly quiet.
Fun Alternatives: Macronossis Beach ... thanks for introducing me to this one George! Or head to Konnos Beach off the road to Protaras.
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