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Summering in Cyprus - June to July 2009

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A June 2009 trip to Cyprus by Hishyeness

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Quote: Attractions, restaurants and experiences in Cyprus.

Hotel

Forest Park Hotel

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Hotel | "A Great Break Within a Break"

Forest Park Hotel Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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INTRODUCTIONAs a frequent visitor to Cyprus during the summer we often head up to the Troodos Mountains mid-holiday for a few days to escape the heat - the temperature is invariably a good 5° to 10° C cooler than on the coast, the air quality is fantastic (scented delightfully by the indigenous evergreen pine trees) and a few days away makes a lovely "break within a break".A BIT ABOUT PLATRESOur destination of choice is the popular winter resort town of Pano (Upper) Plátres, which is about a forty minute (about 40km) leisurely drive north from the outskirts of Limassol. It is on the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range, which gives the place a charm lacking...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2009

Forest Park Hotel
Spyrou Kyprianou 62
Cyprus, Cyprus
+357 25 421751

Food

Pirillos Bakery

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Attraction | "An Aladdin's Cave of Cyprus Delights"

Inside Aladdin's Cave Photo, Kiti, Cyprus
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INTRODUCTIONWhen travelling abroad, I take great interest in how other cultures approach their food. To the eternal frustration of my impatient wife, I will spend as much time perusing the shelves of foreign supermarkets as I will their national art galleries. I take great delight in finding (and using) local ingredients and investigating local produce, especially (but not exclusively) when self-catering. For me, its all part of the holiday experience. Fortunately, my wife and I seem to have found one local Cypriot establishment in particular that she enjoys shopping in just as much as me. The French have their well-appointed fromagerie and charcuterie, the Belgians love their ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2009

Monte Carlo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Monte Carlo - A Very Safe Bet For Fish"

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INTRODUCTIONFor me, one of the undoubted benefits of going on an island holiday is that you are usually not far from a fish restaurant. I do like a well grilled fresh fish, served simply with a wedge of lemon and a healthy sprinkling of parsley, black pepper and sea salt.The Larnaka seafront is teeming with eating establishments clamouring for our custom. I am a fairly reserved sort, and find the sidewalk "greeters" - whose job it is to pull you toward the garishly displayed menu boards obstructively placed in the middle of the pavement - very off-putting.This sort of hard sell is not an experience I particularly enjoy, so a few years ago, I was very pleased to find...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2009

Monte Carlo Restaurant
Piale Pashia 28
Larnaca
+35724653815

Chocolate Workshop

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Attraction | "A Brilliant Little Chocolate Shop... in the Mountains?"

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INTRODUCTIONOn our almost annual Summer visits to Cyprus, we always take some time out from our self-catering holiday to stay a few days in Platres – a romantic and picturesque town on the slopes of the Troodos mountains. The air is a fair bit cooler than on the coast, and provides a welcome relief from the humidity and 40 degree plus temperatures in the beach resorts. As we drove up to the road toward the Forest Park Hotel we here we usually stay, we passed an unfamiliar shop, and a new aroma wafted its way through the rolled down windows of our car – the unmistakable sweet perfume of chocolate. We did a double-take. Finding a quality chocolatier in the mountain v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2009

Chocolate Workshop
29 Archbishop Makarios Ave.
Limassol
+35799494335

Soutsos Taverna

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Restaurant | "Panicos on the Streets of Pervolia"

Soutsos Taverna Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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INTRODUCTIONCyprus is our favourite holiday destination, and we're lucky to be blessed with access to a self-catering beach house near Larnaka. After opening up the house, we like to get into the Cypriot swing of things by visiting Soutsos Taverna, run by a real local character called Panicos. It has been our first night destination for our last four or five visits. LOCATIONSoutsos is in the heart of the town of Pervolia, next to the town hall and across the street from the main church – Agios Irini - a useful landmark as its spire is the tallest in the area. There is a free car park across the road to the left of the restaurant. The area has seen a fair bit of deve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2009

Soutsos Taverna

Perivolia, Cyprus

Sights

Kourion (Curium)

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Attraction | "A Very Greek Drama in the Roman Ruins"

Kourion (Curium) Photo, Limassol, Cyprus
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INTRODUCTION With our grand tour of Cyprus coming to an end for another year, there was just enough time to fit in one more excursion before focussing our efforts on the much less glamorous task of preparing to close down my father-in-law's summer house. With Kolossi Castle marked off the itinerary, we decided to visit its close neighbour, the archaeological site of Ancient Kourion (or Curium in Latin), which is well known for its amphitheatre, beautiful views, and well preserved floor mosaics. GETTING THERE The site is closest to the town of Episkopi, about 15km west of Limassol on the Akrotiri peninsula. Episkopi is clearly signposted from the main Lim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2009

Kourion (Curium)
Limassol
Limassol

Mall of Cyprus

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Attraction | "Mall Rats Invade Cyprus!"

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INTRODUCTIONIn the seven or eight years I have been going to Cyprus for my holidays, a lot has changed, and not necessarily for the better. It was only a matter of time before this beautiful island was afflicted with the relentless influx of multinational American brands and corporations that seem to blight Europe these days. The drive down the Finikoudes – Larnaka’s main, palm-lined seaside promenade – now takes you past McDonald’s, KFC, TGI Friday, Haagen Dazs, Pizza Hut, and Bennigans. The seemingly unstoppable globalisation of Cyprus seems well and truly underway.So it was with dread and dismay that I received the news that Cyprus had been "blessed" with two new malls since...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2009

Mall of Cyprus
Shacolas Emporium Park - 3 Verginas St.
Nicosia, Cyprus

Panagia Angeloktisti

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Attraction | "A Spot of Angelic Construction for Our Lady "

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INTRODUCTIONIt bemuses me how often we take things under our noses for granted. For years, I have been holidaying in the same part of Cyprus, and have travelled throughout the south of the country to seek out and explore its many fine architectural treasures. However, the fine medieval church of Panagia Angeloktisti in the unassuming town of Kiti – about 3km from my father-in-law’s summer house – somehow escaped my attentions until this summer, when I made a determined effort to make a proper visit. I say "determined" because I was foiled at the first attempt by the slightly unconventional opening hours (more on these later). Luckily, the ten minute drive from where we were sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2009

Kolossi Castle

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Attraction | "King Richard's Cypriot Des Res?"

Kolossi Castle Photo, Cyprus, Europe
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INTRODUCTIONFor those who can look beyond the great food, sandy beaches, and the bars and clubs of the resorts of Limassol and Ayia Napa, Cyprus has a rich and varied cultural heritage. At various times, it has been controlled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Venetians, English and Turks, and all of these varied cultures have left an indelible mark on its landscape. The archaeological treasures Cyprus has to offer, and its modest size, offer an excellent opportunity for learning, at least for those whose hardest decision is not which factor of sun cream to use on the Paralia (beach) each day. The area around Limassol offers particularly rich and accessible pickings, with the highlights undoubte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2009

Kolossi Castle
Kolossi, 14km west of Limassol
Cyprus, Cyprus
357 25 93 49 07

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Hishyeness

Hishyeness
Walton-on-thames, United Kingdom

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