Cyprus’s Larnaca Airport welcomed the inaugural flight of Qatar Airways on 29 April 2014. Marhaba joins the inaugural flight and will be posting updates from Cyprus. 

After a restful night’s sleep in the very clean and comfortable St. Raphael Hotel in Limassol we enjoyed a wide choice of wonderful breakfast dishes to suit all tastes, and that even included champagne if you were so minded! The view out over the colourful hotel gardens and the gently lapping Mediterranean Sea was a bonus.

Then we were off to Pafos, nominated ‘European City of Culture 2017’ not on the direct road by the sea but up into the hills between Limassol and Pafos to discover picturesque villages hidden away in a beautifully rich natural environment replete with carob and almond trees, and vines.

In one such village, Anogyra, we visit a carob-making home, where the naturally sweet fruits of a local tree are transformed by one family’s expertise and labour into a sweet delicacy – a sticky toffee called Pasteli – and both a sugar and a coffee substitute (see pictures)

Also in Anogyra, we visit another family business that is producing, in strict hygienic conditions, the most delicious cheese, halloumi and yoghurt, all from the milk of their own goats and sheep lovingly cared for on their own farm, (see pictures).

And everywhere, wonderful clean, bracing, fresh air!

Then we descend back to the seaside (which is ever far away in Cyprus) and the relaxed and relaxing city of Pafos where we enjoyed a delectable selection of local seafood while taking in the sea air and overlooking the marina.

Pafos has everything from healthy outdoor and sporting activities, alternative travel, nature malls, beautiful countryside, a cosmopolitan resort, archeological and historic Byzantine and Roman sites, and, fittingly as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, a great attraction for romance lovers where many people from all corners of the map come to celebrate their marriage.

After a delicious lunch, we visit Aphrodite’s Delight, where the piece de resistance is the supremely sweet Cyprus Delight, akin to its neighbour, Turkish Delight.

After indulging in too many sweets, you will appreciate the social exercise, the fresh air, the deluxe facilities and picturesque panoramic views of the surrounding countryside at the Elea Estates golf club.

Aphrodite rears her (beautiful) head again when we visit her legendary birthplace at Romiou’s Rock, and our final stop of the day is the slightly more concrete evidence of past glories at the Kourion archaeological site. Archaeology is not boring in Cyprus and here you can see the well preserved remains of a rich roman gentleman’s residence, complete with bath house; nearby is a beautiful and well preserved open air theatre whose acoustics have to be heard to be believed! Amazing.

Our long day of nice surprises ended with a delicious dinner complemented by a live show of Cypriot dancing. A wonderful end to a day of rich discoveries.

Also read:

4 Days in Cyprus – Part One

4 Days in Cyprus – Part Two

4 Days in Cyprus – Part Three

Author: Terry Sutcliffe