Cyprus is a small island on the border of Europe and Asia, split between two countries, EU Cyprus and Turkey. Although it is only a small piece of land, it manages to combine two of the most interesting cultures, those of the Greeks and those of the successors of Suleiman the Magnificent. Located in the eastern Mediterranean sea, it is best known for the beautiful blue water that will make you want to return again and again.
I am a big fan of Greece and ever since I heard that I could find part of it in the isle of Cyprus, I decide to book a ticket for the European part. The landing destination, and also the place where I spent the first 4 days, was Larnaca, a small city on the sea shore. Animated during the night, but the best place to chill during the day.
As always, I used Airbnb for the accommodation and our host was amazing. She gave us a lot of tips on where to go and where to eat, just as the locals do. The best place to have the traditional food is Militzis, a restaurant at the sea shore that serves food in huge portions, luckily I had the straight cats to help me finish my plate. A meal in Larnaca was around 10 to 15 euros including a drink and if you want to try a local snack, you can order the Cyprus sandwich, that is made from grilled halloumi cheese and bacon.
For dessert, you can try the Turkish baklava or the jellies that you can find all over the seafront. Also, Cyprus is the heaven of dried fruits, almonds, nuts etc. you can find them on a bargain price all over the city.
As for the best beach to go, definitely, the city’s beach is cleaner. There is also a fancier one, Mackenzie beach, from where you can see the plains land almost in from of you. The price of 2 sunbeds and an umbrella is 7,5 euros/day and you can purchase them at the beach.
In the last 3 days, I went to Ayia Napa, a gorgeous place from where I could see the resemblance to Greece. Here you can find the amazing blue lagoon and the Mediterranean blue water.
Make sure you go on a day boat trip to the ghost town of Famagusta. You will hear the story about the abandoned city, from where the Cypriots had to flee from the Turkish invasion in 74′. Nowadays this city only inhabitants are the people from the Turkish army. Even after 30 years, it is still debatable who is the rightful owner of this forgotten place, that you will get to see from the sea border line. On the way there and on the way back you will get to stop to see the blue lagoon, the lovers bridge, and the lighthouse. We also had 2 swimming breaks and the lunch included. The price for the trip varies between 15 and 35 euros, depending on the size of the ship and the included options.
For entertainment, you will find plenty of bars, clubs, and discos. Unlike Larnaca, Ayia Napa is perfect for sleepless nights. Walking on the club’s streets can be quite hard, since all the animators will try to lure you in, with lots of offers. I had a great time at the Bed Rock Cafe both the bar and the club, where you could have guessed, the theme is The Flintstones.
Unfortunately, in Ayia Napa, the beaches are few and quite crowded. The most beautiful one is Nissi Beach, but if you rent an ATV or a beach buggy you can go all the way north to the virgin beaches.
The best place to eat would be at Costas Greek Restaurant where the both the food and the serving was amazing. A local snack that you can have during the day is the Gyros. Ayia Napa is a bit more expensive than Larnaca, the price for a meal varies from 20 to 25 euros including a drink.
In my opinion, Cyprus has everything you need for both a relaxing, yet full of things to do, vacation. People here are friendly and always ready to help you. Their English is really good, so the language is not a problem. I hope you will consider it for your new trip destinations. Cheers!