We recently spent a long weekend staying with friends near to Paphos, Cyprus and what a wonderful time we had soaking up the October sunshine on this lovely island.
Cyprus is a small island with a long history and a rich culture that spans 10000 years, making it one of the oldest civilizations in the Mediterranean. The island has had a long relationship with the British Forces. Although It has been an independent republic since the 1960s, Britain retains two areas of sovereign territory on the island. As such there are no language barriers and the Brits are more than welcome.
We stayed with friends in Tala only about 20 minutes from Paphos. Tala itself has recently undergone a major face-lift with the square being pedestrianized with a fabulous water feature at its center. It has certainly created a very pleasant area to eat and drink. We would particularly recommend the bar which is set up above the square and water fountain and accessed via a slope. We never knew its name but the it has recently opened, and the owners were absolutely delightful, nothing was too much trouble including giving us a lift back to our apartment!
We also enjoyed Meze at Melitzia’s with fantastic views on the terrace over the twinkling lights of Tala and beyond. Again, great service, atmosphere and food!
On Sunday lunchtime we visited Vatouthkia Tavern for a buffet lunch – a truly astonishing spread of starters, main courses, puddings and cheese for a fixed set price of 15 Euros per head. You will not go hungry!
Another highlight was the recently opened Sea View Bar, Kissonerga. The bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset and is situated right on the beach. It has a distinctly Caribbean feel and a very relaxed atmosphere. A great place for cocktails! And when I say the perfect place to watch the sunset…I have never seen one so stunning!
We also enjoyed visiting the harbour in Paphos, Capital of Culture for 2017, for a bit of people watching during lunch. Paphos is an ancient port, soaked in Greek mythology and legendary birthplace of Aphrodite the goddess of love, is set around one of the most dazzling harbours in the Mediterranean.
Cyprus has sometimes had a reputation for being all about ‘Brits & Booze’ but I found it had so much more to offer – a perfect destination for some late sunshine, with great food and a bit of culture thrown in for good measure.
We flew on direct flights with Thomas Cook and Thomson between Paphos and Manchester.
Visit Cyprus website http://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/