Cyprus

May 2012

We had never visited the divided island of Cyprus but, as we had enjoyed our holidays to nearby Greece, we decided to 'tick it off the list'.  What we found was a version of Greece influenced by a long period of British administration.  This was evidenced by the widespread use of English, traffic driving on the left and even the use of UK electrical plugs.  There were a lot of British ex-pats, yet curiously few other tourists from Germany or other countries.

Pafos

With our easyjet flight to Pafos arriving at 22:00, we booked a room for the night in a luxurious but fairly deserted (yet cheap!) complex in the resort. It was located near an archaeological site known as the Tombs of the Kings, which we explored the next morning before we drove on to our home for the next week.   Steve at the Tombs of the Kings, Pafos Tombs of the Kings, Pafos Phil at the Tombs of the Kings, Pafos with our Hotel in Background
Phil at the Tombs of the Kings, Pafos    

 

Polis

The apartment that we had rented for the week was in the town of Polis, in the far north west of the Republic of Cyprus (the southern greek-speaking part).  It was a couple of kilometres inland, be we had a pool at our disposal which took care of most afternoons.

We also did some exploring in our hired car but this was limited as Cyprus is too large an island to be seen on one visit.  We did however hire a boat on our last full day from the nearby port of Latsi to explore the nearby coast.

  Polis Central Square Steve on the Terrace of our Polis Apartment The Pool of our Polis Apartment
Phil on the Terrace of our Polis Apartment Phil at a Harbourside Cafe at Latsi Phil at the Harbourside at Latsi
Steve on the West Coast Hiring a Boat Steve at the Wheel of our Hired Boat
Steve at the Wheel of our Hired Boat as we Pass round an Island Phil Pretending to be Steering Phil on the Terrace
Steve on the Terrace    

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