Wintering in Cyprus

Sunday, July 3, 2016 14:34 | Filled in Uncategorized

Last summer we decided to explore Cyprus and winter there.  We arrived at Latchi, Cyprus in July and sailed around the island, from Latchi to the UN border.  We found many beautiful places to stop and had a great summer.

 

Blue Lagoon near Latchi

Blue Lagoon near Latchi

One of my favorite places was Serenity Bay on the East Coast.  The bay was peaceful and the taverna ashore was delightful.

 

Serenity Bay Beach Bar

Serenity Bay Beach Bar

There were many beaches to visit and harbors to stop at when a stop was needed to resupply the boat.

Our longest stay was at Limassol in the marina.  We stayed there six months and enjoyed the time immensely.

With the many trips available and advice supplied by the City’s Tourist Office we had a great Winter.  There where many sights to see and activities to keep us active from October to April.  At Limassol Marina, we spent time working on the boat and finding out about the different activities available.

In November, the city of Limassol offered bus rides for winery tours through the 6 wine routes in Cyprus.  That was one of our favorite activities.  We would samples wines and find some favorites and then visit a local village.

 

Touring Wineries with a few selections

Touring Wineries with a few selections

 

Learning about winemaking

Learning about wine making

 

One of my favorite interests is visiting some of the older villages.   There are many old villages with Monasteries, interesting architecture, home crafts and many other  sights of interest.

 

Visiting Kykkos Monastery

Visiting Kykkos Monastery

 

House in Ficardou, Cyprus

House in Ficardou, Cyprus

 

House interior, Ficardou, Cyprus

House interior, Ficardou, Cyprus

 

Basement of House in Ficardou

Basement of House in Ficardou

One can tell by looking into these samples of older living that there was much to keep the women busy.  They also had looms in their houses and in the basements there were wine presses and olive presses.

 

Wandering old villages, Cyprus

Wandering old villages, Cyprus

 

There is a lot of beauty in the mountains of Cyprus.  In the Troodos Mountains, we hiked on many paths and saw many beautiful waterfalls.  It was very peaceful.

 

Kalidonia Waterfalls with pool, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Waterfalls with pool, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

 

Kalidonia Waterfall, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Kalidonia Waterfall, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

 

There is a lot of history that has been played out on Cyprus.  The Romans were here, especially in Paphos where they have left behind beautiful mosaics and buildings.

 

Mosaics in Paphos, Cyprus

Mosaics in Paphos, Cyprus

 

Paphos moasic, Cyprus

Paphos moasic, Cyprus

 

A Roman Nobleman's Tomb, Paphos, Cyprus

A Roman Nobleman’s Tomb, Paphos, Cyprus

 

While in Paphos, I was able to attend the Mass in The Pillar of St. Paul Church.  This church has been rebuilt a few times, and the atmosphere was awesome.

 

The Pillar of St. Paul Church, Paphos, Cyprus

The Pillar of St. Paul Church, Paphos, Cyprus

 

Besides touring around, we also were able to join a hiking club and hiked many trails around the area.  There are so many wonderful sights to see, that I would highly recommend a visit to this beautiful Island of Cyprus.  We enjoyed our stay and found many good friends here that will continue to keep in touch, so we have been very blessed.

 

Mountains to the Sea, Cyprus

Mountains to the Sea, Cyprus

 

 

 

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