Paphos Cyprus

View from Alexander the Great hotel

Despite the increased cost of living that has resulted from the recent introduction of the euro, Paphos is still a very pleasant place to visit. Spring and Autumn are probably the best times, as the the summer months are extremely hot. The new airport at Paphos is 200 percent better than the old , and is very efficient.

We stayed at The Alexander The Great Hotel, which is about a 30 min stroll away from the harbour - via the main road (which is lined with shops and restaurants), or by a small newly re-furbished costal path.The hotel is directly on the sea front and is of a very good quality , with high standards of food and service. The sea view rooms look out onto the distant harbour and are quiet and have spectacular views of the wonderful sunsets.There are some interesting ancient Roman remains in the well kept garden of the htotel. The outdoor pool does not appear to be heated, and was a bit too cold for our liking, but there is an excellent heated indoor pool next to a very well equipped gym. We found it more economical to stay half board, as the restaurant prices in the town appeared to have increased , admitably on what was previously a very cheap place to eat.

Opposite the hotel is a snack bar where fresh baguettes are made to order There is also a very good but small self service shop that sells chilled wine and cheese etc. A few yards further on is Yemin's bar which is ok for a beer or coffee . The bus stop outside the Hotel has a regular air conditioned service to the harbour - the old town or to Coral Bay which is about 6miles away and well worth a visit. Watch out for the right bus however, as there are fixed prices for the journey.Buses to the Old Town and Coral bay both stop at the harbour but if you are on the Coral Bay bus you will pay extra ( about 1.5 euro single). Keep a look out for the time share touts that congregate at the bus stop by the harbour, they can be very persistent.

Up in the old town there is a small fresh food market , and adjacent, a large covered tourist market with surprisingly good quality leather goods and embodied linen. A few yards further on from where the bus drops you in the old town, and on the same side of the road is a very nice vine covered taverna with a panoramic view of Paphos and the sea. For non patrons of the cafe , it might be handy to know that there is a new and very clean WC opposite (a big improvement on what was on offer a few years ago ). All in all, despite the introduction of the euro Paphos is still to be recommended.

Swimming pool and garden Alexander the Great Hotel

I stayed in Kato Paphos at the end of October 2010 at the Aphrodite Apartments. It's 20 min or so drive from Paphos airport which has drop off points right outside and about 10mins free parking in the main carpark too. Very quick check in, customs and security.

Municipal beach - great if very hot but if a little windy avoid this beach and find a more sheltered one! Cafe here serves very good village salads and calamari. Sunbed hire 2.50 Euro, loos, warm showers and changing cubicles available here too.

Coral bay was very busy with sunbeds lined up like sardines! A little further along and you will find Corallia bay, a little busy the day we went but on a non-half term day would be lovely. Great sandy beach and very sheltered swimming cove.

Drive north and you'll find the Agios Georgios area. Lovey sheltered beach here - just past the sea caves and a great restaurant at the beach with great views out to sea. Greek salad here very good and good value for money.

A little further north is the penninsula, Lara Bay is accessable via this and well worth a visit. Nice sandy beach and this is where turtles come to hatch their eggs in the late summer.

The restaurant "The Last Castle" (or Viklari) is a must (99 489000 or 26 991088). Reached via tracks on the Akamas Penninsula. It serves a BBQ of chicken or pork, with a huge salad and jacked potatoes or giant wedges (very good). Open April-end Oct. Views are outstanding and is a great place to eat. Good to combine this with a trip to Lara bay as quite close by.

7 St Georges (http://www.7stgeorgestavern.com/) is another must. Little taverna serving a great meze. They keep bringing the food until you tell them to stop! House red and white both very good here.

Pissouri is a lovely place to visit for the day. The beach is lovey and sandy with a path to walk along . Watersports are available here and also sunbed and umbrella hire.

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