Ayia Napa Journals

Cyprus,island of love.

A December 2002 trip to Ayia Napa by savella

Quote: I often go to Cyprus to see family and friends. Living in the UK with all the stress, I just needed to get away to the sun for 2 weeks at least.

Cyprus,island of love.

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Overview

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Having lived in Cyprus for 16 years, I have way too many memorable moments at the island of Aphrodite. The way of life there, especially in the mountain villages, is so relaxing and peaceful. The more you travel up the mountain by car, the fresher the air is. People there can be very helpful by giving you directions to places, and most of all, they are very friendly. The beaches in Ayia Napa, Protaras and Cavo Grego are amazing. I often went there to swim or just to hang out with my friends at a beach party. It was very very special to me. If you do go to beach parties, even in the middle of summer, do take a very light track suit top because in the morning it can get a little cold. The ...Read More

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hokadio japanese restaurant"

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Nowadays in Ayia Napa you will find all restaurants from all over the world...What I am going to write here is quite in interesting.. Having gone to the well-known Udon restaurant in Fulham Rd, London, I did expect the quality of food and standards at this place. A little background of this place....The restaurant is owned by a Cypriot man who has travelled to Japan and being so fascinated with the Japanese food, he decided to open up an Japanese restaurant in the heart of Ayia Napa. Now the important part the food...The food there it amazing, as well as the restaurant service and staff. Professional cooks specializing in the art of sushi and the elegance of the Japanese cuisine prepare your chosen di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant
35, Ayias Mavris Street
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
+357 23721505

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The Ayia Napa Water Park is one of the biggest waterparks in the area. Many tourists and locals do go over there in search for some adrenaline rush on the fast rides. It can get a little too loud here, if you are looking for some peaceful time on the beach, but if you are an 'action' person with a taste for adventure, I say go for it. The location is great because its very easy to find. You can just go for a couple of hours at Nissi beach in the morning and by mid day just jump on your motorbike and take the Nissi Road, which is one straight road and you will see it; you definitely can not miss it. But I do recommend to go there early, as it gets very busy during the day, and if you go there late ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Ayia Napa Water park
Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Orfanideis

Attraction

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The company is very well known all over Cyprus. You will definitely find stores in Limmasol, Larnaca, Nicosia, Paralimni and Pafos. In Orfanideis, you will find most of the ingredients you will need for anything from a Chinese stir-fry to a Cypriot speciality food. There you can also find home wear and Cyprus souvenirs. The staff there all know English, as they do get loads of tourists. (The English language in Cyprus is the second language, so everyone knows a little English.) Price-wise, I would say that it is cheap, but that depends on how much money you spend on your food and other shopping. The parking outside is very good considering the amount of people that come in and out...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2003

Orfanideis
Paralimni
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Pernera Beach

Attraction

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Living over in Cyprus, I do know the area of Protaras and Ayia Napa very well and I do know where to go when it comes to the beach. One of my favourite beaches in the area of Protaras is Pernera Beach. Compared to Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa and Fig Tree Bay in the centre of Protaras, Pernera Beach is small, hasn't got as many people, and you can always find a spot on the beach. In most beaches is Cyprus, you have to pay to get a sun bed and beach umbrella (prices may vary in different beaches),but if you don’t want to have a sun bed, it is free of charge. Arrive there early, so you can enjoy the peace of the beach and, if you want, leave late so that you can see the sun go down. When...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Pernera Beach
Protaras
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Weather in Cyprus

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Many people think that Cyprus is hot the whole year, but trust me, it’s NOT! You can’t go to the beach in the middle of December for a swim -- the weather may be sunny, but the sea isn’t! If you are a scuba fan, then a wet suit will be okay, I guess, but normal swimming is a no-no. It’s freezing! I would say that the warm weather starts from mid-April and goes on till early October or November. It does get very cold over there, so please don’t be fooled by the fact that Cyprus is an island and seems like it would be hot all year round! It does get cold like everywhere else, sometimes colder than England.

Cypriots and their food

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Like the Italians, the Greeks and the French, Cypriots are VERY proud of their food. It sometimes varies from home to home, but that depends on the way you have learned how to cook (i.e., I know how to make pastichio, in other words pasta in the oven, one way and my cousin knows it differently). One of the many well-known foods is kleftiko (lamb cooked for hours in the oven with potatoes, it's fab!). Kleftiko again can vary on how you make it on the basis of what cut of meat you buy or what amount of spices you put in it. Best places to have kleftiko is at the tavernas at the village mountains. One of the famous dishes that Cyprus and Greece are very, very well known for are ...Read More
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In my diaries I have mentioned the Kokkinoxoria. One of the villages that I would like to mention is the village where I grew up, Derinia. Derinia is a small village with friendly people but with a little history within the village. The whole world knows of the fighting between the Greek- Cypriots and Turkish- Cypriots back in the 1996. Since then the village has calmed down and gone back to normal life. Although it’s a small village, there the modern cons such as a post office (that does run every day), several clothes shops, a small folk museum (price: £ 1.00 per adult, kids go in free depending on their age), a couple of coffeehouses and a small square which was recently built....Read More
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Owned by a local art teacher, this place is very well known for their pottery and the fact that they are handmade and -painted.

There you will see many beautiful pottery pieces and at reasonable prices (starting from £ 2.00 Cypriot pounds).

Also, the well trained girls on the wheel and hand painting who are working there do shows on the wheel and they hand-paint the pottery right in front of you. You can have a 'go' if you like.

Be aware of the bus tours because sometimes you may go in there to have a look and a whole bus full of tourists will come in and the half of the shop will fill up.