Travel to Cyprus


In September 1997, we went to Cyprus for a short one week visit. We wanted to go to a place where the temperature would be good enough to walk around in shorts and hang out on the beach. If there would be some good snorkelling and diving as well it would be a big plus. One other restriction was that we didn't want to fly too far. Cyprus seemed to meet all of these requirements, so that's where we went. We flew from Amsterdam to Larnaca (>4 hours), collected our rental car and drove to Protaras where we stayed in an apartment complex called Malama Holiday Village. Ferry had a cold so he couldn't dive. We had one day of rain but the rest of the time the weather was fine. We drove around a bit but the landscape was very dry and uninteresting. Mirjam did one dive at Cape Gkreko. It was her first dive after getting certified and she enjoyed it a lot.

After 4 nights, we drove from the East to the West coast, taking a detour to see the Troodos mountains on our way. It was a lovely drive, the Troodos mountains are beautiful, we saw some archeological findings in Kourion (very interesting) and drove to Latchi, where our next resort was. Both our accomodations were one-bedroom apartments and they were both very good. This one was called Elia Latchi Holiday Village. This part of Cyprus is very beautiful, with cliffs, mountains and more vegetation. Ferry did two dives on a boat. The dives were beautiful and it was also a good way to see some of the Akamas shore, which was quite fascinating. We drove to Pafos one day, a great drive and a nice town. We stopped at the Tombs of the Kings, and although no king has ever been buried here it is an impressive piece of work. On our last full day we did a turtle dive together and yes we did see some turtles.

All in all, we thought the East coast wasn't really exiting but Troodos and the West coast were really beautiful. One week is a little short, but we didn't have any more leave.


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