My partner and I have been going to Cyprus for over 14 years now and we are never bored of it. Life is so different and chilled over there and the sun is shining most of the time which makes a huge difference to our UK weather!
Paphos is our destination, in fact, more like Peyia, a little village 20 mn away from Paphos Harbour. We normally set off early from London to catch a 7am flight, with the flight time and time difference, we normally get there around 2pm in the afternoon, leaving us plenty of time to settle, get the house cleaned up and get some food… we normally go to Philippos supermarket, just to get essentials… €100 later, we are out with a full trolley of bits and bobs with like 2 meals! LOL
Our first evening would normally consists in chilling on the balcony (during the summer months) or in front of the fireplace during the winter. Yes, Cyprus do get cold at night during the winter, but you would still have really sunny days, which is very enjoyable. I would say Dec, Jan, Feb March are the coldest months and then when comes Easter, Spring is here and the sun is shining on a daily basis!
The locals do love the sunshine, houses over there are not meant to be lived in, but more out! their patio/veranda areas are normally huge, because they would spend more time outside than inside. In fact, most houses do not have central heating, they use their Air Con units that normally does both hot and cold.
Being in a little village, you get to know local people, and this is so refreshing to know and taste a bit of the local culture. Our dear neighbours and friends do look after us, we usually would end up with food for a week! Moussaka, Galaktoboureko and so on… and of course we do get invited for Souvlas (BBQ), where large pieces of meat are cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal BBQ. This is usually served with yoghurt, greek salad, Moussaka and it is just delicious!
Although we tend to stay in the Paphos region during our stay, there are some lovely places around Cyprus, the most popular ones would be Limassol, Ayia Napa, Larnaca and of course the capital city, Nicosia (watch out for the signs indicating LEFKOSIA if you want to go there)!
There are beautiful beaches all around the island and some fantastic panoramic views where you can enjoy watching the sunset, sipping on a nice, refreshing cocktail…
Greek is the national language, although English is widely spoken, but the locals do appreciate when you make an effort of speaking a few words…
Here is for your next trip the essentials:
Good morning: Kalimera
Good afternoon: Kalo Apogevma
Good evening: Kalispera
Good night: Kalinychta
Thank you: Efharisto
I think with that you are ready to go… Otherwise, our friend Google Translate will do the work for you! 🙂
Food wise, you can find anything you want, from local Cypriot cuisine to Indian, Chinese, English, Italian… we do tend to visit our friends very often at NEOS in Peyia, NEOS is a sports bar with a rooftop terrace, very enjoyable in the summer. Stavros and Skevi will welcome you with open arms and everyone will be considered as a friend, rather than a guest. Stavros does the best Flambe trolleys where you can have the best steaks on the island!
A few recommendations:
Neo’s Sports Bar, Peyia – For the best flambe steaks on the island and a great welcome from the owners Stavros and Skevi!
Lekanto restaurant, Coral Bay – where you can have a huge kebab and the food is delicious!
Tea for Two, Paphos – for a quick bite to eat, cheap and cheerful – I love their Cyprus sandwich with Halloumi 😉
Sea You Beach Bar, Kissonerga – lovely sea views where you can enjoy lunch, dinner, cocktails – closed in the winter!
Santa Marina, Coral Bay – Best fish and chips in town!
Mc Donald’s, Paphos – JUST KIDDING!!!! (although I do love my Big Macs…) 🙂
If you want to shop, you also have a wide choice, which includes Paphos Mall, where you can find designer shops, restaurants, even a cinema! although my favourite shopping experience is in Paphos old town, the market is a great experience and by going there, you also support local retailers. If you are looking for great paintings, souvenirs, go and see Yiota Maria in the old town, she has the best paintings you could ever imagine! but you can also find local lace, olive oil, spices… the old town also has a few restaurants and bars where you can relax after your shopping!
If you are looking for your next holiday destination, I would not hesitate, visit CYPRUS, a beautiful island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel… You do have some direct flights from Larnaca to Jordan, Egypt, Israel but check with your Travel Agent before travelling to these countries and find out how safe it is… but before going that far, explore Cyprus and of course don’t forget to visit the Baths of Aphrodite in Latchi… According to the legend, this is the location where Aphrodite used to bathe! a little further near Petra Tou Romiou (Main road from Paphos to Limassol), you will find Aphrodite’s rock, the rock is supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, again the legend says that if you swim around the rock naked several times, you will get eternal beauty… but please don’t do it as the sea in that region is generally very rough and it is not permitted to climb on the rock! taking photos is your safest option! 🙂
How to get there: There are several direct flights from the UK, departing from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. The flights will either take you to Paphos or Larnaca. Flight time is approximately 4 to 5 hours… depending on the wind!
How do you get about: You can hire a car from the airport, pretty easy and pretty cheap when out of season (we paid £52 for 2 weeks last time we went!)
Local currency: EURO – Tipping is appreciated
Time in Cyprus: GMT+2
Cyprus Tourist Board: https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/
Cyprus Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus
If you have any questions about travelling to Cyprus, do not hesitate to comment below.
Happy and safe travels!