Perry's resturant, Pissouri Beach Village.
Beware of this resturant in Pissouri, it serves the smallest portions of any resturant in the village but more importantly it consistantly overcharges.
When you ask for the bill they bring you a yellow piece of paper with the food and drink you have ordered scrawled on it, no prices marked only a total marked on the top of the bill. So if there are a few of you unless you have noted down the price of everything you have eaten or drunk you have no way of checking. There were only two of us and the bill was wrong both times in Perry's favour.
Also be extremely cautious if paying by Visa.
While we were there a couple who paid by Visa had the waiter leave the resturant with their Visa to take it to Perry's office further down the village, the excuse was the Visa machine in the resturant was not working. The waiter was away for more than 20 minutes and when the Visa was returned it was no longer working.
Unique Suggestions: If you must use Perry's resturant always note down the prices of what you have eaten and drunk or insist on an itemised bill.
Fun Alternatives: It would be much better to eat in some of the other tavernas in the village.
Pepies, Monty Beach, Yialis and Ampelor are all excellent. They serve much larger portions and the prices are cheaper.
Try Monty Beach for a mixed Meze costs ý6-50 each and I defie you to finish it all, their salad bar is also excellent ý3-50 for a main course serve yourself salad with bread, and about 10 different types of salads to choose from or have some of them all.
Pepies is also excellent tell Minchu Bob & Betty from Scotland were asking for him.Related to:
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Pano Lefkara, lace making village.
Beware the man with one eye who will stop you on entry to the village and tell you there is no where to park. He will tell you to park in front of his shop. Then he will tell you the lace makers are just about to finish for the day and will take you into his shop & home to see the women making lace. Every thing in this shop is double the price of the same goods in the village proper. If you enter his shop it is almost impossible to leave without buying something. The rest of the village is dying because this person stops all tourists who enter the village and then the tourists go no further.
Unique Suggestions: If you do not enter the village by the first turnoff but carry on to the second turn off for the village you will then avoid this shop and person.
The village is very nice and the goods from the little shop with the old woman dressed in black are the cheapest in the village, same quality and very good value if you buy from her or from a small shop further down on the corner.
Fun Alternatives: While you are in the village of Pano Lefkara try the taverna for a snack, meal or just a coffee. Its is very interesting as it contains a small display of ancient farm working tools.
The food is also very good and very reasonable.Related to:
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Cypriots are generally very warm and hospitable people. However, there are those who are interested in your money only, so be careful when they offer assistance or transport - you can end up by paying for what you thought was a friendly favour! Also be careful with "promotions" and "special offers"- almost all of them contain a hidden catch
Fun Alternatives: Simply and straighforwardly ask how much that would cost: if the offer was genuine, they will refuse your money
Service taxis which operate between cities are sometimes the only way of getting around (see my transportation tip), and they surely make the most of it! This is what happened to me on more than one occasion: I wanted to go from Paphos to Nicosia by taxi and I called well in advance to book, which turned out to be a mistake, because when the driver came to pick me up, I was the only passanger and then I wasted almost an hour till he was driving around picking up other passangers. When we were finally all set (or better, cramped up), it turned out that the car had no air-condition, which the driver "compensated for" by opening all the windows in the car and risking us all getting a pneumonia :)
Unique Suggestions: If you have to get a service taxi, call a day in advance and demand an air-conditioned car. It may not shorten your trip, but it will make it at least more pleasant
Fun Alternatives: The best alternative is always renting your own car, so that you don't have to depend on anyone, or if you can't get one, ask your hotel rep or a tourist agency about busses
Watch the other side !
See the Turks -roll up roll up ladies and gentlemen see how the non christian people of Cyprus are doing .
You will be thrilled and excited...........
Unique Suggestions: No need to peek at them secretly the walls are down now you can walk to turkish side and take a closer look they are no different from any other peoples of the world.
No need to fall for another tourist trap..
Fun Alternatives: Turks got an ambargo and Greek side just joined the EU.
Sometimes you will find poorer side of any country is richer in other things...Related to:
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Maybe we were lucky but I...........
Maybe we were lucky but I think Cyprus is one of the most hassle free places I have visited.
I think the most harassment we had here was from the lovely Papa Doinisios in the photo to buy his oranges !
On Top Of Each Other
Nissi Beach in July and August. It is so crowded with people that you can hardly move. You acn hardly move because the sunbeds are virtually on top of each other.
Fun Alternatives: If you're in Ayia Napa head to Macronnossis or the harbour beach (in front of the Grecian Bay). They are much quieter in August and the quality of the sea for swimming is much higher.Related to:
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The Greeks on south will tell you North Cyprus is an occupied area...Wrong !
The turkish soldiers are only there to protect the turks living there which Greeks wants to get rid of..
Unique Suggestions: Anyone can come and go freely..friendly people,lot cheaper then Greek side..
Fun Alternatives: You can go to South(Greek side) which is very much like,Paris,London or any big prosperous city,we got ambargo so not much
glamour on north side..
Larnaca Airport - Coffee
C£2.80 was charged for two cups of dirty luke warm dishwater that did not look or taste like it was any relation to coffee. Added insult it was not even served with a smile. When we complained we just got shrugged shoulders.The only unfriendly Cypriots we encountered.
Unique Suggestions: Take bottles of water or fizzy drinks with you, better still if you have a flask fill it before you leave resort. Or buy a carton of wine 1lt C£1 from resort supermarket.
Visit the Duty Free, we thought the prices were pretty good.
When you walk outside here and look at the menu, that's all that is needed for Tony to appear (a la Mr Ben) like magic and gentle patter you up to bring you inside. Once inside, getting your bill so you can leave is the real fun part of your evening. Watch out if you get asked if you want to join a quiz, as soon as you say YES, you then get charged 1.00 to take part!!! SOUND AS A POUND may be the phrase he uses, but COOL AND SLICK would be better.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the food as it is good, but make sure you take your time in everything you do and don't go at their pace. When you want to leave, be forceful and don't take “NO” for an answer.
Fun Alternatives: The Wooden Crest Inn will provide you with good quality food and drink, and at no time are you made to feel rushed or putting anyone out.
NEVER FALL IN THE TRAP.......
NEVER FALL IN THE TRAP.... TURK'S AND SOME OTHER'S PROPAGANDA IS REALLY STRONG..
BUT CYPRUS IS ONLY ONE COUNTRY, HALF OCCUPIED BY TURKS... SURE THEY (TURKS) CAN SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT... HISTORY IS THERE THOUGH SPEAKING BY ITSELF.. NO COUNTRY IS CHANGING 'OWNERSHIP' (AS THEY CALL IT) AFTER A WAR..AND THE WAR WAS ONLY IN 1974... I STILL REMEMBER THE BOMBS AND THE BULLETS OVER OUR HEADS... AND SURELY WILL NEVER FORGET THEM...
all operators in the area...
all operators in the area offer a day to egypt for £166 cyprus pounds per person.DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.ive been to eygpt and wanted to show my new husband the size of the last wonders of the world. if we had been allowed more than 15mins at the pyramids and more than 10 mins at the spynx then the rest may not have mattered, but the sunset cruise on the nile was delayed until 7.30pm due to ramadam and our tour or the mueseum was cut short to only half an hour, this was so that the reps had enough time to take us to papyrus shops and perfume and gold shops which were not advertised on the original poster.cheaper to get your own return flight and see the sights in your own time.
Just be careful of the taxi...
Just be careful of the taxi drivers. They are not all reputable taking people out of their way and demanding extortionate prices. Fix your price before you even get into the vehicle.
Be careful with the car hire firms, even the well known companies. Not all of them believe in insuring the cars but they will still take your money. Make sure you have all your documentation with you incase you are stopped by the police.
Don't go for food at the...
Don't go for food at the tourist restaurants at the center of 'Laiki Geitonia' in Nicosia. You will pay alot of money and the food is for tourists:-).
Try the small places which sell Pitta Souvlaki and Gyro. Less money and better food.
You may skip Limassol: there's an interesting fort and a nice boulevard (pic) here but that's about it. Still, many people visit the town as it's the main port of Cyprus and it has an extensive nightlife. The tourist area in on the east side of the town.
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