Fantastic beaches and excellent nightlife
Bit over developed
was once one of the wealthiest cities in the known world. Was.
Nice hotel. One of the best 3* hotels in Ayia Napa. Cheap. Very clean. All noisy places at least 10...more
WaterWorld is the best waterpark in Cyprus and the largest in the Eastern Mediterranean and is based on a Greek mythology theme. There is a large variety of exciting water chutes, plus log rolling in the activity pool, river trips, spray columns and geysers, and much more. There are also cafes, an ice cream parlour and gift shop, and sculptures in...more
This is the largest medieval building in Famagusta. It was originally constructed as St. Nicholas Cathedral and its construction took almost 100 years (1300-1400 AD). Its architecture is obviously Gothic and many claim that it closely resembles the Cathedral of Rheims in Paris. When the Ottoman Turks captured Famagusta from the Venetians in 1571,...more
Undoubtedly the hotel with Aya Napa's greatest view - due to its location relatively high up on the...more
I recommend Taxis ONLY IF you have not an alternative.Taxis are extremely expensive throughout the island.During my stay at Protaras I was out searching for a reliable taxi Office and I came across the owner Mr. Costas. (Comet Taxi). He was telling me that for years he is the chauffeur of a hotel owner I happen to know only because he avoids going...more
I spent 3 nights here on my last trip to Cyprus in April. Right on the Fig Tree bay the Capo Bay...more
Molti is not actually a café or better it is not only a café bar. It is three in one. It is a café bar and restaurant.I have not had any meal here only because I was on H/B and I skip lunch. However some friends from the hotel I was staying mentioned the name as we were swimming and chatting about the bars and restaurants in the area. The comments...more
Historically, Paralimni was built on the shores of a shallow lake, which filled with water only in the wintertime. The word Paralimni means "by the lake". Originally, however, the town was built on a hill, which was situated between Deryneia and its present location, but, in the 15th century, it was moved inland to avoid detection by the sea...more
Hotels Ave, PO Box 33043, Paralimni, Protaras 5310, Cyprus
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This monastery is a key religious site, and the focus for Greek Cypriot pilgrimages on the important festivals of Orthodox Easter and St Andrew's Day. A fortified monastery stood on the shoreline in the 12th century. The oldest surviving building is a 15th century seaside chapel, now essentially a crypt below the main icon-decorated church.Today...more
There are six national parks in Northern Cyprus and this one is located on the northeastern tip of the island. The national park covers a quite large area which includes the ruins of ancient city of Karpasia, Apostolos Andreas Monastery, wonderful beaches (Golden Beach, Sea Bird etc.) and at the very end Zafer Burnu (Cape Victory).It is also one of...more
The church is in the site of the ancient city of Karpasia, which was founded by the legendary King Pygmalion of Cyprus. It was a flourishing Christian community until the Arab raiders burnt it in 802. Its inhabitants fled inland at that time.The building has been constructed on ruins dating from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Philon is the...more
A great restaurant away from the beaten track. This was recommended by one of the waiters in our hotel (Grecian Park Hotel). The restaurant was in a court yard. The menu was written in English and Greek. The owner and staff were extremely friendly. The owner's mother was rolling cheese croquettes, whilst we were eating. There is no closing time;...more
If you are getting married in Cyprus and are looking for a place for your reception then this is the place to book. Costas and his family made our wedding day just perfect. We ordered the meze, we have never seen so much food, Costas arranged some live music, and we were all looked after very well. The whole evening was fantastic, and compared with...more
Whilst Kantara is not quite as precipitous as St Hilarion, wandering around it does mean walking on exposed rock as well as stones.
These are slippery, and even more so when they are damp from dew or wet from rain. Wear shoes with a good grip. It's not a place for flip-flops (thongs).
Equally, don't expect EU health and safety precautions. The site is fenced and has hand rails in parts, but there are many areas where it would be easy to fall. Watch your children closely.......it's not a place to let them explore alone, or to run free.
Former St. Sophia using as a mosque named Selimiye Mosque. When you visit mosques please mind your clothes. Shorts and mini skirts may not allowed through mosque. During the praying times make sure your camera's flash switched off and also your mobile phone.more
Buyuk Han is not in Selimiye Mosque-St. Sophia but its very close to this place. Buyuk Han (Great Inn) was built in 1572 by the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus. Its architecture is similar to numerous hans(inns) encountered in Anatolia (Turkey): a courtyard surrounded with rooms arranged on two floors. The lower rooms were used as shops, storage...more
The Dherynia Folk Museum is shut Sundays but probably offers a better view than the alternatives. If you turn up when the Museum is shut the cafe owner next door will lend you quite good quality binoculars and your allowed to climb up onto the roof balconey and get a pretty decent view.No strings attached but I did stop at the cafe after which...more
The museum is in a traditional Cypriot house. Exhibits include household items and farming tools. In the yard of the museum you will find an oven. Such ovens are still in use today for making bread and others culinary delights. This is not just there as a tourist attraction, it is used by the owner.The museum does give you a chance to see how...more
This traditional restaurant is often fully booked at weekends in summer. Eating takes place outside in the courtyard surrounded by trees. Delicious smells keep wafting outside from the kitchens as you eat. The tavern dates back to 1885.On a Monday evening during the main season there is a Cyprus Night with traditional folk dancing. I went for my...more
The little souvenir shop within the monastery/museum (to the right of the entrance) has got a particularly good and reasonably-priced (ijn euros, surprisingly) selection of headscarves, bags, textiles, pottery etc.
In fact, I bought 3 scarves there, 2 classically Turkish (i.e. for covering the hair, with lace trim) and one 'silk'. In other parts of N Cyprus I found the scarf selection limited, or over-priced, or imported from Italy etc.
Well worth popping into the shop duing your visit.