Where the gods go on vacation
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Dream island Cyprus
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia and is located in the eastern Mediterranean.
Most famous for beach holidays is the south coast of Cyprus with the most famous places Ayia Napa and Protaras. This is mainly due to the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water, as you otherwise only find in the Caribbean.
Weather and climate
The climate in Cyprus is Mediterranean. The south coast in particular is very sunny and dry. In midsummer, temperatures reach 30 ° C to 35 ° C. The bathing and diving season begins in mid-April when the sea warms up to 20 ° C.
Around Agia Napa there are endless, white sandy beaches that slope very gently towards the water. And don't worry: even in dry August, a fresh breeze usually curbs the hot-blooded temper of the sun on the coast. However, if you travel inland, you have to be prepared for extreme temperatures, which are sometimes over 40 degrees!
In October you experience the big, extremely positive surprise: the air often warms up to 27 degrees and the water temperatures of the eastern Mediterranean are almost reminiscent of the bathtub at home. Only at the end of October and beginning of November do the rainy days noticeably increase and the sun lose its strength.
Snow and ice often cover the summits of the Trodos Mountains in winter, where you can even go skiing. Four mini drag lifts are located on Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Cyprus at 1,952 m. In the valley, however, it is mild and mostly sunny. However, if you want to cheat the cold of Germany in January or February, you will only be partially happy in Cyprus.
Security and Crime in Cyprus
Some people suspect that due to its geographical location, similar to its neighboring countries, Cyprus is affected by relatively high levels of crime & poverty. Exactly the opposite is the case. There is little crime in Cyprus!
From a political point of view, too, Cyprus is one of the safest countries in the world and one of the best places in the international crime ranking. It is not for nothing that Cyprus had an absolute record year in 2017 with over 3.5 million holidaymakers! In a 2015 study, Cyprus was ranked 5th among the 106 safest countries in the world and 1st among countries with less than 5 million inhabitants.
From my own experience, I can also confirm that a woman traveling alone does not have to worry and the Cypriot men treat women with decency and respect. However, in Cyprus, as everywhere else in the world, it is certainly an advantage if one behaves accordingly and dresses properly.
Withdraw money in Cyprus
The official national currency in the Republic of Cyprus has been the euro since 2008, which replaced the old currency, the Cyprus pound.
In order to be able to enjoy the vacation in Cyprus without nasty surprises, the usual security precautions, which are actually taken for granted when dealing with EC or credit cards, must not be neglected in favor of the vacation feeling.
All major credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard are accepted for withdrawing money from ATMs in Cyprus. In the larger cities such as Larnaca, Limassol, Protaras and Ayia Nappa, it is easy to top up the travel budget with cash. There are a sufficient number of ATMs at which you can withdraw money. However, if you are going to the more rural regions of Cyprus, you should already have enough cash on hand.
love bridge, Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa - Not just for the young
Ayia Napa (also often spelled Agia Napa) is known for clubs, bars and beach parties. In the high season from July to September, thousands of young tourists flock to downtown Agia Napa and the most famous beaches such as Nissi Beach.
In the evening there is a large selection of clubs and bars. The club scene mainly focuses on a street in the heart of Agia Napa, where you can find the Swiss ZicZac Bar (of course also accessible to non-Swiss :-)). Other well-known clubs are for example Crazy Frog, Castle Club, or Pirats.
But Agia Napa also has a lot to offer for families. The wide, gently sloping sandy beaches and the turquoise blue water invite you to swim and relax. In addition to the well-frequented beaches such as Nissi Beach, you can still find quieter beaches where you can just relax.
In any case, there is no boredom. In Ayia Napag there are countless leisure activities such as the water park, quad biking, an amusement park and of course Dive with us .
Restaurants in Ayia Napa
Taverna Napa - One of the oldest restaurants in Ayia Napa. A MEZE is definitely worth it here!
Kota Restaurant - Great restaurant with a great atmosphere and great Cypriot food.
Al Tritrovo Italian Restaurant - Great Italian Restaurant
Red Ruby - Everything from Indian, Thai to Chinese.
Promenade, Ayia Napa/Protaras
Family vacation in Protaras and Pernera
If the party life in Ayia Napa is a bit too much for you, the best place to come is Protaras or Pernera. The city is located near Agia Napa on the east coast of Cyprus and is an extremely modern resort. The beach with its clear water is nice and shallow and has practically no waves, which makes it perfect for a family vacation with children. The hotels have a very high standard of cleanliness and quality and you always feel welcome here.
The landscape here is very unique and offers many opportunities for hiking and discovering. Above all, there are the many windmills that were used to pump up groundwater in the past. In the middle between Ayia Napa and Protaras is the Cape Greko National Park with its beautiful hiking trails and bays that invite you to swim.