Visit the Sea Caves for Stunning Views

For amazing panoramic sea views of course you can sit on the balcony of Bella Vista but if you fancy feeling the spray of the waves on your face then head for the sea caves just beyond Coral Bay.

A ten minute drive in the opposite direction from Paphos along the main coast road Tomb of the Kings will take you to Coral Bay.  Drive passed the Coral Bay beach and beyond the main hotels this road then opens out to show farmland and fields of crops this leads to the sea caves area.

The sea caves are located on the edge of the Akamas peninsula an area of outstanding natural beauty and protected by UNESCO as a heritage site.

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There’s a lovely cafe called the Sea Caves Lounge Bar that has amazing views and provides good value for money too.  These photos were all taken from there.

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Rent the house at Bella Vista from just £300 per week

Did you enjoy the warm UK weather? It’s still 30 degrees in Paphos Cyprus

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Do you wish the summer would go on and on?…

It can for another few months at least if you visit Paphos, Cyprus.  It’s still 30 degrees.

The hibiscus, jasmine and other scented flowers are in bloom again.  Everything is green and lush at this time of the year.

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The temperature is perfect for those that enjoy early morning and late evening hiking or mountain biking.  There are lots of trails around Troodos mountains and also in the Akamas peninsula.

In the daytime the sea is still the perfect temperature for water sports, scuba diving and sailing.  Why not try parascending or hang gliding as the winds are perfect in October?

Wildlife at this time of year is brilliant with dolphins, turtles and birds all ripe for spotting.

Or why not indulge yourself with wine tasting in the vineyards in the hills of Paphos as this is grape season?

This is my favourite time for visiting Cyprus as the temperature is perfect not too hot and not too cold to suit everyone whatever your passion.

To enquire about renting Bella Vista email bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk

Sunshine all the way so a water flight is the perfect way to cool off!

Currently temperatures in Cyprus are an average of 28 degrees and rising everyday from now until September.  If you’re looking for a fun way to cool off then make sure you’re around on 12th June as Cypriots celebrate, Kataklysmos, the Festival of the Flood, which coincides with (Greek) Pentecost and is marked by festivities at all seaside towns. The most popular custom involves a huge water fight!  So simply throwing water at other people this symbolises the purification of the body and soul.

The festival begins with an ecclesiastical ceremony where the priest hurls a cross into the sea (something there for those atheists too) and the diver who brings the cross back up receives a blessing and a sovereign, which marks the start of the rest of the festivities.

Events take place in Paphos and are amongst the most popular. Usually there are folk dances, boat and swimming races, wrestling, canoe-races and traditional songs such as tchattista, composed of improvised verses that are sung by competing parties.  The Cypriot version of ‘whose line is it anyway”

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Don’t miss an awesome water fight and unique celebration the way only Cypriots can party!

If you don’t fancy taking part in the water fight there are plenty of other ways you can cool off – here are just five.

1.       Take a refreshing dip in the brand new swimming pool at Bella Vista

 

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2.       Go diving in one of the world’s top ten dive sites just off the Paphos coast or snorkel in the world famous Coral Bay

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3.       Hire a sail boat or a jet ski and take off around the islands unspoilt coastline – such as the UNESCO protected Akamas peninsula and swim in the blue lagoon.

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4.       Enjoy a leisure cruise between Paphos and Coral Bay so you can watch the sun set while catching the off shore breeze

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5.       Hike in the cooling pine forests in the Troodos mountain range only 45 minute drive from Bella Vista

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There is currently availability for a few weeks in July and August please contact me at bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk for more information or to make a reservation.

Journey to the Blue Lagoon

After a leisurely breakfast of freshly made orange juice, fresh fruit covered in Greek yoghurt and coffee on the colourful terrace we decided to walk down to the bottom of the hill and onto the main coast road to catch a bus to the beach at Coral Bay for a spot of scuba diving.  Ranked as one of the top ten dive sites in the world; there are many dive shops and instructors all along this coastline with many ship wrecks and sea caves offering divers some of the best underwater experiences in the world.

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In the afternoon we decided to hire a boat to explore Cyprus from the water; you can hire a boat from Coral Bay or Latchi and sail around the Akamas peninsula, long said to be the jewel in Southern Cyprus’s crown.  Largely unspoilt this gorgeous peninsula is home to Loggerhead sea turtles, fruit bats

, monk seals and a vast selection of rare flora and fauna. Wild flowers include cyclamen, turban buttercups, alyssum (alyssum akamasicum endemic to Akamas) Cyprus tulip, and many species of orchid, yellow gorse and white rock rose. It is one of only 22 areas of endemism in Europe making it a rare destination to explore and even David Attenborough filmed here in 2006.

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We sailed around to the famous blue lagoon at Chamili Bay where the azure waters are so clear you can see the sea bed a hundred feet below and watch silver fish glinting past. The waters here were so warm and so salty that we seemed to float weightlessly and effortlessly.  After our mid afternoon dip we sailed on to the sea caves at Manolis Bay that look almost lunar like with plenty of small pools with a pink tinge that mean moonlight here sparkles off all the rocks.

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For details of hiring boats –

http://www.cyprusminicruises.com

http://www.latchiwatersportscentre.com/

http://www.paphosseacruises.com/

http://www.sunvil.co.uk

Information on Akamas peninsula click here –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akamas

http://www.akamas-film.com/index.shtml

What a view?

Woke up this morning to see bright sun shine streaming in from between the shutters and the white linen curtains moving gently in the cool breeze from the French doors I left ajar last night.

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Doors that open onto a balcony framed by spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea beyond the panoramic coastline of the West coast of Cyprus; views from historical Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980,

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to the Akamas Peninsula, one of the largest unspoilt wildernesses in the Mediterranean home to many vulnerable species, some of which are endemic to Akamas.

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In the foreground is Coral Bay, a natural beach spanning 600m in a crescent shape of powdery white sand, has earned itself a European Blue Flag.  Looking inland to the right of the scene are the beginnings of the Troodos mountain range looming upwards with their fragrant pine forests to provide cool escape in the hot summers and snow for skiing in the relatively undiscovered ski resorts in winter months.

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Paphos is one of the few places where you can drive for an hour into the mountains to ski and then return to the coast for a barbeque afterwards!

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