THE DISPUTED SERIES, DAY 10
I arrived via Kyiv and there just doesn’t seem to be any direct flights on this trip. Cyprus was another revisit, country number 92 I think it was but I spent my time in Larnaca, not a bad spot but you really want to get up or down the coast.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT THEY PUT IN THEIR SHISHA HERE BUT IT SURE HELPED ME SLEEP.
For a city the beach in Larnaca isn’t bad by any stretch but the other beaches on offer are a different level. I rented a car, had it fully insured (I’d need it) and set off for Ayia Napa. I was planning to spend the next 3 days going from beach to beach and seeing as much as possible, clocking up 400miles in the process!
WHERE IS CYPRUS?
Like most holiday destinations Cyprus is generally seasonal and most of the town’s hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs close over the winter. Although bizarre it was interesting to see how it all looks in winter. A ghost town, almost as if everyone just boarded up and walked off.
- It is the third largest and third most populated island in the Mediterranean.
- Cyprus became independent in 1960 – from the British.
- Even though the island became independent on the 16th August, it is celebrated on the 1th October every year.
- Word has it that, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love was born in Cyprus.
Ayia Napa used to be renown for it’s big party reputation but has since been able to tone it down. Now families are able to stay in the area without going near or even knowing where the parties are.
Needless the say every bar on the strip is closed, there could be 40 or 50 of them. Between the bars, restaurants and hotels I wonder where everyone who works in them goes to, add this to the demand for the same on the rest of Cyprus and Europe!
After a bite to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe (culture!!) and being one of only two tables eating there I made my way to Nicosia a completely unique city towards the north of the island.
I checked into Centrum Hotel and after paying €75(!!) headed out to find a bar to watch the football. It was clear from everyone’s smiles that it isn’t normal to wear shorts in January here.
Good to get back on a beach again
Going across into Northern Cyprus tomorrow! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of The Disputed Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.
- Have you been to Cyprus, what was your experience like?
- Do you prefer high or low season?
- Where did you stay?
Let me know in the comments below . . .