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Cyprus newbie needing help!

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Cyprus newbie needing help!

Hi,

My partner and I are looking to spend a week in Cyprus in early September 2014. We are looking for a relaxing week in the sun, spent on the beach and around the pool, ideally staying on a B&B or SC basis so we can try different restaurants each night.

Having never been to Cyprus before, we were thinking of Paphos, although I gather from the reviews that the beaches nearest to Paphos town aren’t that great and that the better beaches are further north? We’d prefer not to have the expense of hiring a car this time round although are happy to jump on a bus to reach a good beach. Can anyone advise whether this is easy enough or should we be looking at resorts on the east coast where the beaches are raved about? We are in our mid 30s so Ayia Napa doesn't sound like us!

Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Paphos isn't really the place for a beach holiday. The nearest beach is Coral Bay, which is a bus ride away, and is easy enough, but I have read reports that it can get packed. The best beaches are in the Ayia Napa area, but it is very commercialised and that's where the night life is! Like you, that area would not be my cup of tea. There are some quieter areas but I think you'd need a car to reach them. Someone else may come along with some other ideas.

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2. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

without hiring a car Paphos is not the place for a beach holiday.

stunning beaches on Cyprus but not by bus I'm afraid.

you can get to some beaches by bus but so can everyone else so are not quiet beaches.

Coral Bay beach is a good beach but busy busy especially weekends when the locals mix with the tourists,

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3. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Protaras is a nice place has nice beaches and if you fancy a trip to Aya napa then you can get a bus. . We stayed at the brilliant apartments on a sc basis and it was a fab place to stay . Hope this helps .

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4. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

We last went to Protaras 17 years ago which was 4 years running......been to Paphos 9 time since. This year in May/June we decided on split weeks....1st at Paphos 2nd at Protaras.....for beaches and a bit more lively then Protaras wins and we had a good time.... but we prefer Paphos now.....if you want beaches then Protaras for you....Fig Tree Bay is a wonderful beach.

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5. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Thanks everyone for your advice. It seems that the east side of the island is perhaps best suited to us this time so I'll have a look at Protaras.

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6. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Ayia Napa is not as bad as some people think. Yes, there is a lively nightlife (certainly blows Paphos away) but it is all concentrated in a few streets in the centre of town. There are miles of beaches, and loads of lovely hotels either side of the centre, plus an upmarket harbour area. You don't need to go anywhere near 18-30 territory!

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7. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

We've been going to paphos for a few years and are beachy people ( living on the Isle of Wight ) it's easy to hop on a bus to coral bay or the next beach takes about 20 mins or last year we walked down to municiplal beach along by the triangle the beaches wouldn't put me off at all ;)

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8. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

It depends what part of the beach experience you enjoy most.

The Kefalos Beach has a thin strip of artificial beach, but it also has a wide stretch of lawn between the apartments and the sea, with hundreds of sunbeds, parasols, and a few trees. They're great for just lying on a sunbed, with the sea only a few metres away, and platforms if you want to go in for a swim.

I'm afraid I hate the feel of sand on my feet, or, worse, in my shoes. So I love the sunbeds on the grass.

But that's just me.

Edited: 31 July 2014, 11:48
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9. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Hi, we love Paphos, had many holidays there and the Kefalos is one of our favourite places to stay. We are in our 60's and also love Ayia Nappa which we have had 3 holidays there. I think you have to do your research on trip advisor as many of the resorts are very well spread out so it depends on what type of accommodation you choose, cos if you choose A/I you aren't going to be that bothered about being near restaurants etc. But if you are S/C or B/B then you won't want to be in the middle of nowhere. So read all the reviews you can, decide on places to stay and I am sure you will get advise. Barbara

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10. Re: Cyprus newbie needing help!

Just a thought, if you haven't already booked - Jet 2 were considerably cheaper than the other Tour Operators by quite a bit, the last time I went. No flight delays and very punctual with everything.