Just back. Had a great holiday slightly marred by a Monarch fiasco. Return flight took off, had a technical fault and we returned. Many hours in airport culminating in an overnight (well until 1am) stay at a hotel in Nicosia finally leaving at 6am on the same plane - eek!
Anyway, back to the holiday. I was a little sceptical about Kapparis as the reviews and photos of Kennedy Ave didn't endear me to it much. I really am not a fan of Brits abroad resorts full of British pubs with sports blaring from every telly and people tucking into English breakfasts. Turns out that is exactly what Kapparis is like. Also, with the best will in the world you couldn't describe that main strip as anything other than ugly. Picturesque it aint. It reminded me of what Croydon would probably look like if Britain had a hot climate!The first night or so I was feeling disappointed as none of it felt even vaguely Greek (or Cypriot) as I remember it. I've been to lots of Greek islands over the years and was really looking forward to that special atmosphere and it just wasn't there. However, as the weather was fab and the villa was great, I resolved just to enjoy it for what it was.
And I did. We went to Protaras one evening and that made me suddenly appreciate Kapparis. The TA Cyprus expert lady on here was spot on when she said that Kapparis, whilst being full of British bars etc, was not particularly touristy as it was more of an ex-pat town rather than a tourist resort. This descibes the place perfectly. It may not be pretty but it is relaxed and quiet, the locals (Cypriots and Brits) are extremely friendly and the food we ate in restaurants was excellent. Much better than in many of the more traditional islands I have been to. It seemed to be a lot cheaper in Kapparis too and we spent half what we did in Menorca last year.
So what happened was that Kapparis grew on me and I had a wonderful time.
Restaurants - we ate in Faliros, Karas Taverna, Tonys and Just Italian. Our favourites were Faliros and Just Italian and we ended up alternating between the two (with the odd takeaway or bbq in between). The Thursday night Greek dancing night in Faliros was great fun and finally made me feel like I was in Greece.
The Rodos Lounge bar was our favourite watering hole and the British ladies who are waitresses there are absolutely lovely. The kebab shop next door was great for takeaway and my friends said that they had the best lamb kebabs they had ever had. Again really friendly staff who said hello every time we passed by.
Orphanides supermarket had great choice and was good value. We stayed at the Villa Dionyssus in Blue Water Bay village. I can highly recommend this villa. The location was perfect. Villas can be a little on top of each other in BWB, but the Dionyssus was in a quiet road facing the sea. The people on either side were ex-pats and really friendly. It was so peaceful in the evenings as no one made a racket. A lovely retreat, yet only 5 mins from the strip.
Firemans Beach- nicer than Skitouri in my opinion. We went a few times to Konnos Bay which was my favourite part and somewhere I would consider staying in the future. Went to the archeological site in Paphos too which was good. Paphos harbour was very pretty and we had a nice lunch there.
So I think all in all I would say that I get what it is people love about Cyprus. I will definitely go back but I will look around for a village or town that is more traditional next time. I enjoyed Kapparis but I really don't want to see pubs and football screens everywhere next year - I get enough of that at home!