Cyprus has never really been on my travel wish list, but it definitely should have been! The beaches are just so incredibly beautiful, the food is amazing, the people are so friendly and the weather is boiling hot even in September!
We were drawn to the location firstly because of the hotel, as it had everything we wanted and so much more for quite a reasonable price considering what you get. I’ll do a separate post about the hotel (because it really was something special) but in this post I’ll share some of the exploring we did in between lounging around the pool.
Originally we thought we’d travel by bus, as there’s a route which takes you to all these major tourist spots. But after we took the bus to the waterpark, we realised that there would be a fair amount of walking involved too, and in the 34 degree heat that wouldn’t be too much fun! So we decided to rent a buggy. I was a little nervous about this, but it really was a great way to see exactly what we wanted – as long as Jack did all the driving! It only costed €60 for 24 hours, so it was well worth the money to get around quickly.
Our first stop was Konnos bay, down a (very steep) hill, you are greeted with this amazing view of the bay, and the crystal blue water. After walking part of the way down the hill we were getting quite hot already (it was only 10am) so we had a little dip in the water to cool off a bit.
Cape Greco Sea Caves
Next we drove along to Cape Greco, its was super nice that all of these stops were so close together, the most we had to drive was about 10 minutes. I was pretty relieved about that after finding the buggy a little scary! The water below the sea caves is so blue it was hard to believe that it was all natural, I desperately wanted to get in but no way was I jumping in from that height! I think you can actually climb down but we knew we would be doing a boat trip that stopped there later in the week.
Driving along to Nissi Beach felt like being in LA or Miami, with the modern buildings, palm trees lining the roads and garish shop signs. We parked in the car park (€3 for the whole day) and bought a parasol from a nearby shop (€10) so that we didn’t have to pay for one with a sunbed down on the beach. We actually wanted to go on to Landa Beach as it’s meant to be just as pretty as Nissi beach but quieter. It was very busy but I enjoy people watching so didn’t mind too much!
Later on during our stay, we went on a catamaran trip organised by TUI. It included food, drinks and some swimming stops. I don’t think I’d book this again, the food was a bit rubbish and the drinks were unnecessary, but it was nice to be on quite a quiet boat (they never pack it full of people) and to relax on the sunbeds at the front. I was looking forward to seeing Farmagusta (the ghost town that was evicted in the 70s when it was occupied by Turkey) but we were so far away it was a little pointless. We did have a super nice time though and it was great to have a swim and cool off in the sea breeze, but just for reference, I don’t think it was worth the €80 each!