With warm weather reaching up to 30 degrees celsius, October is a fantastic time to visit Cyprus to escape the cold in London.
I spent 4 days here and spent my time in Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Paphos and Limassol.
I arrived in the afternoon and got the local bus 429 from Larnaca International Airport to the city centre (Finikoudes). It costs €1.50 and you can just pay the driver as you board.
I went to Souvlaki.gr for a late lunch. I had the chicken and pork skewers with pita, chips and salad which was well needed and only set me back €7.
I then walked around town including the Church of Saint Lazarus, the beach and along the promenade.
Justin and Tegan arrived very late as they were coming from the north of Cyprus and they had flight problems.
We went to Stou Roushia for dinner. We feasted on greek salad, saganaki with feta, spinach ravioli, aubergine, sheftalia (which is a lamb and pork sausage speciality), chicken kebab and some local wine.
The next morning we got a taxi to Larnaca Airport to pick up our hire car then made our way to Ayia Napa.
Our first stop was Fig Tree Bay then the coastline of where Ayioi Anargiroi Church was sitting right on the cliff.
The Kamara Tou Koraka Stone Arch was a little underwhelming.
We then drove to the Blue Lagoon (which again was a little underwhelming) then headed to Love Bridge which had the most blue water. I jumped off the rocks and went for a swim which was really nice and refreshing.
We went to Ayia Napa and went to Kota Greek Souvlaki for lunch. It was good food and great value!
We then went to Nissi Beach to relax in the sun. The water was really warm and pleasant to swim in too!
From Larnaca to Paphos by car takes around 1.5 hours. We checked into our hotel, Amphora Suites and got ready and headed to dinner for our 8pm reservation at Seven Georges Tavern.
The concept is farm to table and we got dips and bread as starters and a number of mains like lamb, pork, beef and veg (which doesn’t stop until you say so) and then 3 desserts. We also got a jug of white and a jug of red wine and it cost us €30 each for everything! Highly recommend coming here when in Paphos!
The next morning, after hotel breakfast, we went for a walk along the coast after. This area is filled with numerous resorts. We then relaxed by the pool for a few hours.
For lunch, we went to Ocean Basket for seafood. We had the prawns and calamari 3 ways to share. Although Ocean Basket is a chain restaurant, it is generous in serving, good value for money and tasty!
After lunch, we went to Coral Bay to relax and swim by the sea for a couple of hours.
Afterwards, we headed to see the Endro III Shipwreck. We stopped by at Oniro by the sea to have some cocktails and food and to enjoy the sunset views. The cocktails were really good here but the food was a hit and miss.
We drove back to the hotel and got ready before heading back out to the Old Town for dinner and drinks. We started off at Noir then went to Muse for a cocktail then ended up at Otto Dieci which had a pumping vibe where all the locals were out and about.
The next day, we had our hotel breakfast, chilled by the pool again then I checked out. We headed back to Old Town to find a lunch spot but a lot of places were closed as it was Sunday.
We went to Hondros Tavern for lunch and it was great. We shared some dips with pita, Greek salad, chicken off the spit and moussaka.
On the way to Limassol, we stopped by at Petra tou Romiou. It is known as “Aphrodite’s Rock” and is a sea stack off the main road in between Paphos and Limassol.
We spent a short afternoon in Limassol which is a port city but also has a cute little old town.
For our final dinner, we went to Artima Bistro and I had the lobster ravioli which was decent.
I caught the airport express bus from Limassol to Larnaca Airport which cost €9 and took 30 minutes or so. You can find the bus timetable here.
It was so nice to catch up with friends but also enjoy the warm weather that Cyprus had to offer. To be honest, I feel like I’ve covered a fair bit of the country so I wouldn’t be rushing back here. However, it definitely is a great place to get some sun in the cooler months (especially in October and November).