For holidays in Cyprus I admit it, I’m biased, because I live in Cyprus. But that also means I know some of the best places to stay.
Taking a holiday in Cyprus has to be one of the best experiences anyone will ever have. The Cypriots are friendly, the food is great, there’s an abundance of Blue Flag beaches and it’s a safe destination for families and individuals alike. The hotels, apartments and villas are all usually good quality these days. I’ve stayed in small apart-hotels with little or no facilities to grand five-star hotels with a price tag to make yours eyes water. Whether you want a champagne breakfast or simply olives, halloumi and fruit, Cyprus caters for a wide range of tastes and pockets, but you do get what you pay for.
Ten years ago holidaymakers in Cyprus were welcomed, but not exactly catered for. These days there has been a sea-change and holidaymakers are most definitely catered for more and more. From the construction and revamping of modern hotels to something as simple as a great blue flag beaches with ample facilities for holidaymakers, Cyprus has upped its game, big-time.
This year I’m taken more time off to spend short breaks locally. The farthest I’m going to go is Jordan for a few days, and yes that is local to me as is Israel and Egypt. But Cyprus is going to be my main destination. Admittedly it’s easy for me as I’m close to all the best beaches. But even if you live in Glasgow, your flight here is only about five hours and when you get here, package holidaymakers are well catered for with coach transfers. Even a taxi from Larnaca airport to Protaras or Paphos airport to Pissouri Bay is pretty quick, easy and not going to cost a fortune.
My preferred destination is Protaras and this year I’m staying at the MyroAndrou Hotel Apartments on Kalamies Beach for four nights in May.
These apartments are very popular and it’s taken a few years to manage to get a booking. The reason I’ve chosen here is that the apartments are right on the Kalamies beach and right next door to my favourite restaurant on that beach, the Kalamies Beach Restaurant.
For a beach holiday this has to be one of the best beaches on the island. I’ve stayed in many of the hotels here and have never been disappointed with the location, the staff, the food or the facilities. Pernera and Protaras are close by and either have an abundance of places to visit and there are lots of things to see and do, from water sports to jeep safaris, just take your pick.
Perhaps the best place to visit at night is the Protaras strip with it’s tourist attractions, good restaurants and tavernas.
All food choices are catered for from local cuisine, to British, Indian, Chinese and even Japanese… though restaurants do tend to come and go, so don’t quote me on that. So, next time you fancy a good holiday with great locations, good hotels, fabulous food and a welcome to make you smile, not to mention wall to wall sunshine, take a look at Cyprus. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Copyright Tom Kane © 2019
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