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Like a sparkling jewel set into the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is an enchanting island of legend and breathtaking beauty. From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra and Aphrodite, Cyprus has close associations with the great civilisations, myths and fables of the past. Ancient ruins, old stone villages and centuries old citrus and olive groves remain as stirring testament to the island’s rich heritage. 

Today’s modern country offers a perfect marriage of ancient and contemporary culture. The island’s carefree atmosphere, combined with the natural friendliness of the people, make Cyprus a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday destination.

Boasting some of Europe’s cleanest beaches, Cyprus enjoys abundant sunshine and little rainfall, even in winter. This makes it an ideal holiday choice and the hotel accommodation sets a very high standard. Access around the modern international hotels is very good, offering a range of facilities for the less mobile. Whilst exploring the island’s beautiful interior is highly recommended, it should be noted that much of the countryside, including around the old wine producing villages and stunning Aphrodite Trail, is pretty rugged. 

The bustling ports of Larnaca and Limassol are two of the busiest – and prettiest - cruise ports in the Mediterranean and are great for exploring and finding unusual artefacts and souvenirs. Or just relax in your hotel and enjoy the excellent facilities. Open-air buffet style eating is popular and you’ll find many of the island’s hotels also include some of the best restaurants in Cyprus.

RESORT INFORMATION

Currency Euro

Time Difference (from UK) +2 hours

Flight Time (from UK) 4 hours 30 mins

Voltage 240V, 50Hz

Shop Opening Times until 1900 Mon-Sat (closed Wed pm, Nov-Mar), until 2030 Mon-Sat (closed Wed pm, Apr-Oct, between 15 Jun-31 Aug closed between 1400-1700)

Bank Opening Times 0815-1300 Mon-Fri (May-Aug), 0830-1300 & 1515-1645 Mon, 0830-1300 Tue-Fri (Sep-Apr).

Coral Bay

General Description:

Coral Bay's beach is considered to be the jewel in the island's crown, giving you the opportunity to stretch out on a sun bed while the children enjoy the shallow waters of the bay.  This is a holiday spot with great natural charm.  After dark, entertainment leans towards the relaxed rather than the riotous, and is by no means as big and flashy as its neighbour Paphos.  Sightseeing includes the fascinating archaeological museum and famous monuments such as the Byzantine castle and the Tombs of the Kings.

Location:
In the SW corner of Cyprus. 95 miles SW of the capital, Nicosia. 90 miles W of Larnaca. 9 miles NW of Paphos international airport.

Shopping:
A small selection of banks, supermarkets and shops.

Eating Out:
Small selection of more tourist eateries from, Chinese, Italian and steak houses to name a few.

For the less mobile traveller:
There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and the majority have accessible toilets. The kerbs are high and the drop downs are steep.  If using a manual wheelchair assistance is essential, power chairs and scooters will need to ride on the road, which can be busy at times. The beach in Coral Bay lies at the bottom of a very inaccessible hill unless accessed by car or taxi. For those wishing to access a beach there is one in front of the Coral Beach Hotel, which is accessed by the main lift in reception. To get to Paphos some of the public buses are accessible and run every 10 minutes.

Larnaca District

General Description:

Larnaca District is an area of outstanding beauty and it is perfect for those looking to combine holidays with superb beaches, captivating ancient ruins, secluded villages and mouth-watering meze in traditional tavernas. It is a great base from which to explore central and eastern Cyprus and enjoy the friendly welcome that you are sure to receive.

Location:

The village of Maroni where our accessible villa is located is a 30 minute drive from Larnaca, 8 minutes from Zygi, the most famous fishing village in Cyprus and just over an hour’s drive to Paphos. All easily reached by the main highway.

Shopping:

This area offers you a huge variety when it comes to shopping. 20 minutes away is Lefkara which is famed for its lace making and silver smithing and Kalavassos is famous for its copper. For a larger selections make sure you visit the old towns in both Lanarca and Limassol as they have many traditional shops to tempt you.

Eating Out:

There are many restaurants and tavernas to choose from in this area with some boasting the best on the Island. The harbour town of Zygi is noted for its fish tavernas and others in and around the city offer home-style recipes such as the meze and in addition there’s plenty of foreign cooking too, Middle Eastern, Italian and Indian to tantalise your taste buds.

For the less mobile traveller:
The villa is located in a small traditional hilly village so a car is required. Out and about in Cyprus the towns not only have high kerbs with very few drop downs, but pavements are also narrow in parts often with trees planted in the centre of the walk way, which although attractive does present access issues. Therefore it is advisable to travel in the road, but caution should be taken as some roads are very busy. Certain areas do have pedestrianised town centres and harbours with numerous attractions of bars and restaurants along them. Surprisingly many of the historical sights are partially accessible, but obviously not all.

Paphos

General Description:
Paphos is a colourful, relatively modern little town, blessed with a particularly mild climate as a result of warm sea breezes from the west. Covering an area of around 16 square miles in all, the town is really split into two: Kato Paphos and Paphos Town. Kato Paphos, on the coast, is the principal holiday area and centres on an attractive little harbour whose picturesque, open-air restaurants line the quayside where bright fishing boats and pleasure craft are moored. Along the sea front are many pavement cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. It is also the centre of modern tourist development, which has somewhat spoilt the overall effect. 2 miles inland is Paphos Town, or Kima, as it is known to the locals. The town is full of hustle and bustle, and its hilly, narrow streets can get choked with traffic at peak times, parking is impossible, but is well worth looking around on foot.
Location:
In the SW corner of Cyprus. 95 miles SW of the capital, Nicosia. 90 miles west of Larnaca. 9 miles NW of Paphos International airport. The main tourist area, Kato Paphos, has developed around a sheltered harbour, while the older settlement of Paphos Town is set atop a hill about 2 miles north. The surrounding countryside is mainly rocky, hilly open land.

Shopping:
The main shopping area and markets are situated in Paphos Town and range from typical crafts to larger, more sophisticated department stores. Best buys are leather, handicrafts, pottery, silver, gold and embroidery.

Eating Out:
Plentiful restaurants, cafes and snack bars in Paphos and towards Polis, 20 miles to the N. Ranging from good fish restaurants to pizzerias and burger joints as well as traditional fare.

For the less mobile traveller:
Paphos not only has high kerbs with very few drop downs, but pavements are also narrow in parts often with trees planted in the centre of the walk way, which although attractive does present access issues. Therefore it is advisable to travel in the road, but caution should be taken as some roads are very busy. Paphos does have a pedestrianised town centre and harbour with numerous attractions of bars and restaurants in this area. On the various beaches in Paphos few are accessible due to the abundance of rock formations. However there is an accessible beach behind the Riu Cypria Bay Hotel. Surprisingly many of the historical sights are partially accessible, but obviously not all.

Polis

General Description:
A small agricultural town with a population of around 1,800, Polis is a cheerful, traditional place with an unhurried atmosphere. Measuring ½ mile by ½ mile, it is built around a charming central square which is surrounded by restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars. Most of the buildings are traditional Cypriot or, if built more recently adhere to the same architectural principles, so the town has a typically village rather than resort feel. There are a number of interesting buildings dotted around, including the Greek Orthodox St Nicholas' Church which sits at the heart of the town.

Location:
In NW Cyprus, 70 miles NW of Limassol. 23 miles north of Paphos airport.

Shopping:
No more than 20 shops, mostly situated in the centre and comprising small souvenir outlets, mini markets and leather, gold, silver and lace shops. A fruit and vegetable market is held every day in the town square, where you can buy locally grown oranges, lemons and olives.

Eating Out:
Around 15 eateries, predominantly traditional tavernas and fish restaurants offering locally caught produce; mainly located in the central square and its immediate surrounds.

For the less mobile traveller:
Polis despite its age and size and joining the tourism market late on, it is remarkably accessible with numerous shops, bars and restaurants being ramped. Polis has a lovely rustic feel about it and it is an opportunity to still experience the traditional Cypriot way of life. A short wheel from the town centre you can access the beach (care must be taken on route due to pot holes) here you will find an accessible toilet and beach access and a fantastic walk way to Latchi harbour, which is a  20 minute walk/wheel away. Here you can sample fresh seafood caught that day.

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