Cyprus in September with Saga Holidays
After a disappointing
UK summer what could be nicer than a week of guaranteed sun in Cyprus?
in the east of the Mediterranean, Cyprus can boast almost constant sunshine,
with September temperatures nudging 30 degrees. Perfect for relaxing on the
beach, walking in the hills, or exploring the numerous ruins around the island.
island is divided into two areas; Turkey occupies the north, while the south is
home to Greek Cypriots. Having been
colonised by the British, and with our troops stationed there today, you will
find that English is widely spoken, driving is on the left and you will
probably come across Marks & Spencer along the way.
our week between the ancient town of Larnaca
and the holiday resort of Paphos,
two contrasting areas.
is a working industrial town, which at first glance doesn’t look so pretty, but
on the outskirts you find Mackenzie Beach, a newly developed area full of
restaurants, bars and an excellent 5 star hotel, The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel.
beach is clean with numerous sun beds and the waters are warm and shallow,
ideal for all ages and abilities. The long promenade stretches into town and
offers an invigorating stroll of about 4 kms. Or you can hop on a bus, which
takes about 15 minutes. Saga excursions
include day trips to the capitol Nicosia, the famous Troodos Mountains and to the
pretty lace making villages.
Church, in the heart of Larnaca, is worth a visit as it is the most important
surviving Byzantine monument on Cyprus. On the outskirts of the city is an attractive
salt lake with a nature trail that you can follow. On a hot day the reflection
in the lake is just perfect, and is a photographers dream. In the winter months
Pink Flamingos and many other migratory birds gather and attract bird spotters
from all over the world.
as sun, sea and historic monuments, the delicious Greek Cypriot food deserves a
mention. We enjoyed copious amount of fresh seafood and can recommend ‘Zephyros
Fish Taverna’ for a truly memorable fish meze. The restaurant is situated just
a short walk along from The Ciao Stelio Hotel in Larnaca.
time came to transfer to Paphos we took the opportunity to visit the world
famous ruins at Kourion en route. This extensive site has some incredible
remains including an enormous amphitheatre that is in use today for summer
concerts. Intricate mosaic tiles have been discovered adorning the floors of a
partly restored Roman Villa and the whole city is laid out for visitors to
explore. It can get blisteringly hot so take water with you and grab the chance
to rest under a tree now and again.
is on an elevated site with fabulous views in all directions, and just below is
the beautiful Kourion beach with a couple of restaurants overlooking the sea,
ideal for a lazy lunch after all that sightseeing.
is a buzzing holiday resort that manages to combine history and culture with
all the fun of the seaside. Kato Paphos is the touristy area and can be a bit
overwhelming with ‘all day English breakfast’ on offer in bars that stay open
late into the night. But the attractive meandering
back streets offer a more authentic Cypriot welcome where you will come across
the rich history of the city.
stayed at the brand new Olympic Lagoon
Resort that has everything the discerning holidaymaker could ask for. In
fact it would be easy to just spend all your time relaxing at this luxurious all-inclusive
hotel. But make the effort to explore the surrounding areas, as there is so
much to see. Paphos is proud to be a UNESCO World Heritage site and is immersed
in history. It is said to be the
birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, and a visit to Aphrodite’s Rock just
outside town is a must. Other highlights are the Tomb of the Kings, the
Medieval Castle and harbour area, with many locations within walking distance
of the hotels.
Paphos will be a EU Capitol of Culture, with plenty of special events being
planned, and so surely a reason to visit.
Holidays offer a range of different accommodation across the south of the
island ranging from all inclusive beach resorts, boutique hotels and
interesting cultural tours.
Travel Advisor recommends Saga
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