Summer Water Activities in Cyprus

Despite the fact that Cyprus is quite rich in sights and attractions, the majority of time is spent on the beach and in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. There are many ways to spend the day on the beach (in case you missed the classification of Cypriot beaches, you can find it here). You can read or play beach tennis, volleyball on the sand or in the water. Alternatively, you can try or practice something new and summer holiday related.

Probably, the most popular water activity in Cyprus is snorkelling. Many fishes and numerous turtles make this activity interesting for children as well as adults. You can go intentionally to specific snorkelling spots around Cyprus (Blue Lagoon or Konnos Bay), or you can practice it on your local beach. In Limassol, for example, around the stone breakwaters along the coast, numerous fish species, turtles, and sea urchins make their habitat. Cyprus is famous for its clean, all-shades-of-blue waters. No matter where you choose to snorkel, you will enjoy yourself.

SUP or Stand up Paddle is another, very popular activity, which is especially booming this summer. For as low as 8 euro an hour, and up to 25 euro an hour for a private lesson, you receive a board, which varies in width (the narrower it is, the harder to maintain the balance) and a paddle. You jump on it, stand up and find your balance, or sit on it and paddle as far and as fast as you want. You will lose your balance and you will fall into the water. However, this is the fun of it. The ideal time for this activity is early morning or any other time when the sea is calm and waveless. This helps a lot, especially the beginners to enjoy the experience and to admire the sea creatures. Recently, such additional activities as yoga can be performed on the SUP. Individual and group classes can be taken at various water sports centers.

This won’t come as a cheap activity, however, if you like the adrenaline rush and wanted for a long time to fly over the waves with a great speed, this is the fun for you. A quarter of an hour will cost you from 25 to 50 euro. You can rent the jet ski at almost any water sports centers around the island.

Many think of this as a once in a lifetime activity, however, I consider that with a good company, renting a boat is always fun. Especially in Cyprus, during your holiday, this is a must. When renting a boat in Cyprus, there is no need to possess a boat driving license. It is enough to present your international car driving license, and you become the captain of the boat. The best place for boat rental in Cyprus is Lachi. It is in the North West of the island, Paphos region, Akamas peninsula. You can rent a boat for a day or for 4 hours, in the morning or in the afternoon. The size of the boat varies, as well as the additional services on the boat itself. The price varies from 200 euro and up, plus the petrol, which cost around 50 euro. What is the greatest about renting a boat in Cyprus, is that you can enjoy many water activities when on the boat. You can rent water skis, wake board, bubble and you will receive a bag full of masks and snorkels, enough for each person on the boat. The waters of the Blue Lagoon, the most exotic place in Cyprus are the best for snorkelling in the region. You will have a great time and memories which will last for long.

The last, but not the least is the swimming pool. Many tourists enjoy their swims only in the pools, while on holiday. Funny enough, most of them do not even once experience the sea, during their stay. Families with small children choose the pool over the sea. Many Cypriot houses are equipped with a pool. It is a great facility, which can be used when too lazy to drive to the beach, or a remedy during a hot summer day or night.

Cyprus Secret Beach

secret beach in cyprus

There have been two and a half years, since we moved to Cyprus. This island is, first of all, famous for its beautiful sea. By this time, I was sure we have made it to every single beach marked on the map and recommended by friends. Three summers, six months each. In 18 months of weekend exploring the island from East to West and North to South, we never had a chance to be alone on the beach. Never.

I was dreaming of finding a place like this, since the times when I had the most difficult job in the world. By the end of the day, I was so exhausted, all I wanted was to have my man by my side and be in a deserted place. Shame we never found one. Today, we finally did. We discovered the one and only. Beautiful. Empty. Secret. Our Beach.

I must admit, we have burnt our feet on the fire hot sand, before we made it to the beach. However, the time spent there, just the two of us, was unforgettable. Just imagine: no one running around, no screaming and shouting, no voices and laughs. Only the sound of the waves.

I felt like I was finally on a deserted island, and my inner introvert was super happy. What else can you dream of, when spending the day with the loved one? Beauty for your eyes and love for your heart. Perfect combination of pretty Mediterranean sea and the man you love.

Planning summer holiday in Cyprus

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Are you planning your summer holiday in Cyprus? If so, there are some essentials you need to consider, in order to make it a remarkable one.

Arrival
There are two entering points to the island. International Airport of Larnaka and Paphos International Airport. Larnaka airport is big and offers a big selection of goods in Duty Free shops. The prices are much higher then in other EU airports. In Paphos you only have one shop and five or six cafes. Both Airports are situated on the seafront, so have your cameras ready, especially for landing, as you get the feeling you are landing in the water.
There is also another airport in Ercan, Northen Cyprus. However, since that territory is not recognized, do not expect any international standarts.
Cyprus also has two major ports, one in Limassol and one in Paphos. The port of Limassol is only limited to few cruise ships,its main purpose is import and export of goods, whereas Paphos is very well visited, mainly because of a big variety of cruise lines.

Getting to/from the Airport
Taxis and public buses are the most popular means of transportation, after the tour operator buses. Journey by taxi can cost from 10 euro,(from Larnaka Airport to Larnaka town) to 60 euro (Larnaka or Paphos Airports to/from Limassol). Night fees will be higher by 5-10 euro.
Busses cost 9 euro/one way, from Larnaka Airport to Limassol town.
There are no shared transportation services like BlaBlaCar in Cyprus. Sometimes Travel Express can offer shared services, but rarely they go to the airport.

Accommodation
Tourists can choose to live in hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and rented apartments or villas.
Hotels range from 1 to 5 stars, however most of them are quite old. In general, accommodation in Cyprus, when planning outside tour operator deals can be quite pricey.

Food and Wine
For guests’ comfort, in hotels, there is a choice between All inclusive, Full Board, Half board and Breakfast only.
There are plenty possibilities to eat out. A dinner bill for 2 pax starts from 25 euro, excluding drinks.
Despite being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is more of a meat island rather then seafood. Lamb, pork and chicken are among the most favorite meats, followed by beef and rabbit.
The Mediterranean waters are quite poor for sea-products and fish. Therefore, most of the products are imported. Tsipura fish is one of the most popular dishes, as well as octopus, calamari and prawns.
Cyprus is a wine country and each region offers its signature wine. The renown red sweet Commandaria is a desert wine and is often the best souvenir from Cyprus. Xynisteri is the most popular dry white wine. Other varieties of wines include Mavro, Cabernet, Shiraz.
Olives and olive oil are something else you can bring as a present from this island. Halloumi – a typical Cypriot cheese, is another delicacy you must try here.


Beach
There are three main regions with differences in maritime landscape.
Paphos has predominantly rocky beaches and it lays all the way from Akamas peninsula (which is a natural reservation) to its border with Limassol district – Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock). Holidays in Paphos will suite people who are seeking a relaxed and quiet stay. There are plenty places to explore the ancient ruins of Cyprus, as well as beautiful beaches.

Limassol is very varried and offers rocky (Pissouri and Kourion), sandy (Lady’s Mile and Dassoudi) and stony places (Alamanou and Governor’s) along its coastline.
Limassol can accommodate all kind of needs for beach lovers, club goers, nature and sightseeing fans. It is suitable to tourists of all ages.

Larnaka-Agia Napa is the proud region with the most picturesque landscapes and azure waters. Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay, the winner of 2016 Tripadvisor’ Travelers’ Choice Award are located there.


What are you looking for, when booking a holiday? What is the most important for you? The hotel with an infinity pool? The most beautiful beach with clean waters? Ability to move freely at your new destination?
Share your thoughts, it is always interesting.

Alamanou Fish Tavern, Limassol Cyprus

sea food platter in cyprus

If you ask any Islander where is Alamanou Fish Tavern, most certainly they will know it. This place is always full with visitors, and weekends visit without prior reservation might turn into a long wait.
Firstly, this place is surrounded by the most beautiful nature. The sea is of all shades of blue and the white stones make the signature landmark of this place. Newlyweds, who get married in Cyprus, come here for the most remarkable scenes and photos.
However, let’s speak about the food. Alamanou offers different kinds of sea-food platters. They are all delicious and it is a good choice for a group of people, whose tastes vary. The tavern offers all sorts of fish, calamari, octopus, shrimps, mussels, oysters, crabs. Despite being a fish tavern, the place serves a wide variety of Cypriot meat dishes, which is great, as not all people can eat seafood. Whenever I have visitors from abroad, this is the place where I take them. A bonus from the restaurant is toasted bread and pita with olive oil and lemon before the meal, as well as complimentary teas/coffees, cypriot desert lukoumades and seasonal fruits, at the end. No one leaves the place hungry.

The restaurant itself is a huge space, with over 1000 pax capacity. The tables and chairs are made of plastic, but you do not pay attention to it. You are too carried away by the beauty before your eyes and by the delicious food in your plate.

Alamanou is not just a place where people enjoy tasty food. The venue offers a green space with comfortable sun beds and gigantic umbrellas free of charge. You only need to buy a drink. Also, there is a special playground for the little ones with bouncy castles and other activities.