Holidays to Cyprus! We explored the diverse island of the sun in the eastern Mediterranean for you. 4 summer days full of travel adventures bundled in this travelogue – we take you to the pirate bay incl. Shipwreck, show you idyllic oases and historical treasures. Join our bloggers Morena, Simona, and Kevin in the next few lines on their Cyprus Discovery Tour.
Exciting key data on climate, geography, the most
beautiful resorts, etc. I will skip this travel contribution exceptionally.
I have already summarized this in another post: Destination of the Month: Island
With the Edelweiss Air, we reached the bathing paradise
after about 3.5 hours of flight time and already 40 minutes later our resort. The
Napa Mermaid hotel in Ayia Napa is modern, chic and incredibly quiet.
The complex is the perfect place to sunbathe and unwind.
Since we had caught a relatively early flight to Cyprus, we
first took some rest, enjoyed a Greek salad with delicious hummus and then
drove out with a freshly strengthened desire to explore the immediate area.
Holidays to Cyprus
stands for sun, Cyprus beach, and sea. After our tight cultural program,
because we wanted to discover as much as possible during the few days of
vacation, we planned, of course, a whole day at the sea. We chose a dream beach
near the hotel, as today was our departure day and we did not want to lose too
much of our precious holiday season. Our choice fell on Nissi Beach,
which shone in bright Caribbean colors. A gently sloping white sandy beach to
turquoise blue, crystal clear sea – that’s exactly what I list as a 100%
We found our first photo motif pretty fast. The Love Bridge
on Cape Greco, just a 5-minute drive from the hotel, is probably one of Ayia
Napa’s most famous attractions and yet we were lucky that it was rather
crowded around 2 pm. The rocky arch bridge of natural origin is about 6 meters
long, half a meter wide and flows into the turquoise blue sea. Perfect to get
on it. On the Duck march, Simona, Morena, and Kevin walked for 3 minutes from
the parking lot and entered the bridge, dancing full of holiday happiness a
little under the sun and enjoying the spectacular view of the open sea.
Not only the Love Bridge but also the bizarre rock
formations, with the sea caves and beautiful bays at Cape
Greco are a natural highlight. We scoot along the coastal path
to the Blue Lagoon, let the sea breeze blow around our noses and bathed
in the sea. A day full of holiday happiness – just as we had imagined. The rest
of the sunshine of the day we spent at the pool comfortably on one of the
comfortable beach chairs and drank delicious, fresh smoothies at the pool bar.
On the travel agenda for our second day in holidays to
Cyprus was the underwater world of the multi-faceted island. At 9 o’clock
the diving instructor from Trans Divers Cyprus waited for us in the hotel
lobby, which to our surprise came from Switzerland. The feelings among our
travelers were mixed. While Kevin, after his first dive attempts on Rhodes (you
can read more about it here), was looking forward to another dive, it was the
first underwater visit for
Simona and Morena and a bit scary. After initial skepticism
on the part of the girls, but thorough preparation of the instructor with
mini-training including drawing theory, we went already to Green Bay in Protaras,
where our underwater adventure should begin. The instruction was continued here
directly on land and in the water before it went 10 meters in depth. Here,
statues and pillars awaited us, looking like sunken archaeological treasures.
For saddle-fast divers, the island retains many other treasures, such as the Zenovia
shipwreck, which sank off the coast of Cyprus in the 80s and waits for
its visitors at a depth of 42 meters with the best visibility.
We ended the day with a walk through the 20,000 square
meters open-air sculpture park in Ayia Napa with stunning panoramic
views of the sea. The perfect backdrop to say goodbye to the sun for today. The
collection includes works by more than 50 artists from all over the world and
is constantly being expanded with new pieces of jewelry. Our highlight – a huge
picture frame with the sea on the horizon – another postcard moment.
With the rental car, we tried the hotel before 8 o’clock to leave Paphos. Cyprus is quite large and the routes should not be underestimated. The drive from Ayia Napa to our first stop, the Adonis bath, is about 2.5 to 3 hours. For a longer stay on the island, so a hotel change is recommended to save precious holidays to Cyprustime and not to spend in the car.
The way there was initially very pleasant on the highway,
later the road changed to a rocky off-road track through a steppe landscape.
The fun factor rose – at least as a passenger. Some of the roads were quite
narrow so that oncoming traffic seemed impossible. To our great luck and
probably because we were traveling very early, the traffic was only in the
direction of a natural paradise.
The Adonis bath with the waterfall turned out to be milky,
turquoise-green water as a green oasis amidst a barren landscape, as one would
expect only in the Orient. The place was already crowded around 11 clocks but
still a real eye-catcher. The entrance fee was 9 € and is therefore not quite
We drove on to the wreck 30 minutes away from the Edro III,
which beached in 2011 northwest of Coral Bay at Pegeia and since then a
bit sad and maybe a bit bizarre in a slanted side position on a rock right on
the coast rests. The shipwreck can not be visited from the inside and that’s a
good thing because today it serves as a habitat for birds and marine animals.
Well-fed like little queens and kings, we continued our day
trip to the royal tombs of Nea Paphos. Fun Fact, this famous necropolis
on the west coast of Cyprus, with subterranean Doric columns and burial
chambers, are not royal tombs. Much more hide here resting places of
high-ranking public officials and aristocrats. Nevertheless, incredibly interesting
and probably therefore since 1980 UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk through
the archaeological park is highly recommended – but maybe not in the hot midday
sun. Admission: 2.50 € and therefore absolutely affordable.
Holidays to Cyprusended with a short walk along the promenade in Limassol. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to discover this charming place, but we could not resist taking a stroll along the sweeping alleys into the center and sipping a cool soda in a café.