Although we have visited Cyprus many, many times, this time we visited parts that we had not covered on previous visits.
Using the brand new flight service from Luton to Larnaca we picked up our hire car in Larnaca and using the satnav on my phone, it was a really easy drive to Makronissos an area of Ayia Napa. This area was a real suprise to me as I had not expected it to be so family friendly. Apart from the gorgeous beach at Markronissos, there is a range of accommodation from very affordable self catering to some really good quality 4-5* with a good entertainment programme. if the club scene is more your style the square is only about 10 minutes away by bus.
Car hire in Cyprus is very affordable, they drive on the left with clear signposting in English writing as well as Greek and another bonus is that hotels have plenty of spaces and they don’t charge for parking.
Ayia Napa to Coral Bay is a 2 hour drive so we broke this up by having lunch in Limassol which is almost exactly halfway and provided a welcome stop and refreshment break. Limassol has a dedent beach, a nice promenade and a marina so its a great place to enjoy culture, walk along the beach or just watch the world go by.
We visited Coral Bay often around 30 odd years ago when the children were small and it was lovely to see that the small area around the bay itself has hardly changed but further along and slightly inland, a “town” has sprung up complete with flashing lights and tacky disco bars but this is about a mile away from the hotels. It is quite nice to have a choice of “town” if you do want entainment and the quiet bay if you just want to chill and relax during the day. We did found a couple of decent and inexpensive bars in amongst some not so good ones. I would recommend Kikkos in the middle of the resort which had good singers on both nights.
Taking the car back to Paphos we notice there is currently a new road being built and a new roundabout at Tomb of the Kings so allow a little longer for your journey back to the airport if you are staying in Coral Bay or along Tomb of the Kings Road.
We spent our last night in Paphos. Paphos has seen many changes in recent years and of course it has grown with many more shops and a new promenade, but there are still a lot of the old familiar places that we have known and loved for the last 30 years or so. Paphos now has a hop on hop off bus to explore the cultural side of Paphos, Tomb of The Kings, the Roman Ruins and House of Dionysos. If you are visiting for the first time all these are well worth seeing.