A place I thought I’d never consider visiting in Europe is the island nation of Cyprus, hidden in the eastern Mediterranean Sea this country has so much to offer for your next European holiday. I began my trip flying into the main international airport of Larnaca then drove 45 minutes to Nissi Beach which is part of Ayia Napa area.
The resort town is located on the southeast coast of Cyprus and is known for its beaches, seafood and nightlife. Now why out of all the places in the world would I visit this place? Well you’re about to find out.
Upon arrival to Nissi Park Hotel I was greeted with warm smiles by the lovely staff at the reception, once I checked in, I headed straight to the nearby beach. I was overwhelmed on how amazing this place was – golden sandy beaches, crystal blue water so warm it felt like a bath and a relaxing island vibe. A scroll along the beach led me to the Nissi Beach Resort (Sister hotel of Nissi Park) this resort is the main occupant of sunlounge chairs, water sports and bars which hotel guests get included in their room rates. The restaurants along the beach are open to the public as well as a public area to rent sun lounges.
No trip to Cyprus is complete without hiring an ATV or Quad Bike to explore the island, my first full day I got picked up by staff at Easy Riders Rentals to take me to the shop to collect my ATV. I was given an induction and guidelines before I took off. My first stop was Cape Greco, a well-known national park with caves, swimming holes and hikes.
After all that swimming the road led me to Ayia Napa Harbour, where freshly caught seafood is on the menu for numerous restaurants. I headed to the first place that caught my eye – SeaBreen, freshly caught Calamari grilled with a sage butter was today’s specials.
That evening I heading into Old Town – Ayia Napa with my ATV to explore the city centre. Other options to get into Old Town can include the local bus which comes every 15 minutes or you can walk if you don’t mind the 30 minute trip in the humid hot weather. There was a high selection of restaurants in Old Town, because of the Greek history in Cyprus I couldn’t pass a traditional Greek Meze Taverna called πλατεία (Plateia) which translates to Square.
My final day in Cyprus ended at the next beach town of Landa, a more relaxing scene compared to Nissi and perfect for families, I even managed to get a €5 sun-lounge and umbrella. It may be the end of my time here but I look forward to returning one day to explore more of this beautiful island.
Thanks to Qatar Airways, Suntransfers, Nissi Park Hotel and Easy Riders Rentals Ayia Napa for helping me make the most of my Cypriot holiday.
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- Greek and Turkish is the Official language of Cyprus (English is widely spoken)
- Euro is the Official currency of Cyprus (if travelling to Northern Cyprus the Turkish Lira is used)
- Cyta is the best network to roam with throughout Cyprus.
- Cyprus uses UTC+2 (Eastern European Time) and in Summer UTC+3 (Eastern European Summer Time) is Observed
- Summers are very hot and humid with no rain, winters are warm and mild
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