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Cyprus Road Trip

Just back from a week in Cyprus- what a lovely place! The main purpose of our trip was for a wedding and I wasn’t expecting to like the island so much- my pale English Rose skin is not cut out for too much sun. The scenery was beautiful, the people were so charming and friendly and the food (oh the food!) was so tasty- we sampled our weight in meze dishes.

We rented a car and drove from Paphos in the West to Protaras in the East, stopping off at Ancient Kourion, Kalidonia Waterfalls, Limassol, Nikosia, the deserted town of Famagusta and the salt lakes of Larnaca, amongst other places along the way. There are so many things we didn’t get to see so I’d love to go back one day. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Sunset in the beautiful village of Pentakomo

Our lovely Airbnb apartment in Pentakomo- complete with terrace overlooking the mountains!

The amphitheater at Kourion

Ruins at Kourion

The view from Kourion

Trekking up to the waterfalls in the Troodos mountains

Goats on the road!

Beautiful blues in Agia Napa

On the trail to Cyclop’s cave

Leafy building in Nikosia

Cape Greco, the furthest point East

Our trusty rental car

The eerie sight of the abandoned city Famagusta, under Turkish occupation since 1974

The Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque on the edge of the salt lake, Larnaca

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Old Limassol/Lemesos

You find many delightful sights when walking around the old part of Limassol. I love the shot of the tailor who insisted on taking off his hat for this picture. If I could speak more Greek I would have asked him how long he’s been working in his shop, stacked high with fabric and thread.

Graffiti seems to be taking over the island. It’s on every wall, doorway and signpost. Very different to the Cyprus of a few years ago which was always so pristine. 

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Kouris Dam, Lemesos.

We heard that there was a submerged church in a dam along the coast, which we thought would be a pretty cool place to check out. After the winding roads along the edge of Kouris Dam we finally made it said church. Super eerie; we could walk all the way to the edge of the water where the church was poking through. I wonder if there was a village as well or if the church was the furthest point? Very interesting place; a great stop to the end of the weekend.