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.
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.
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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After our delicious dinner we headed in the opposite direction of Bella Vista into Paphos town itself to sample the nightlife of Bar Street aptly named as it is a mainly pedestrianised road containing only bars and nightclubs. There’s a diverse range of different offerings from choice of music to the décor to the theme; from retro clubs with glitter balls and dance floors that light up to bars that seem as though they’ve been airlifted from the film Robin Hood complete with wooden turrets. We opted for Boogies so my friend could demonstrate her wonderful singing voice on the karaoke crowd and whilst we could have stayed until the sun came up we decided to head home before the dawn chorus began.
A short taxi ride up the road and we were back home in ‘Bella Vista’ Spanish or ‘Beautiful Views’ and that’s not a clever marketing ploy as they are really amazing from up here. When we arrived home the only sound was the noise from the crickets and a faint scent of jasmine and hibiscus in the air that blew in a warm obviously Egyptian breeze. The lights all along the coastline twinkled and reflected on the now very calm sea which seemed to completely merge into the star filled sky so it was impossible to tell where one began and the other finished until that was a cruise liner sailed UFO like across the sky!
It was hard to believe we were somewhere so peaceful when a few moments earlier we were in a busy town with noise and nightlife; we slept very well indeed.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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!
Gorgeous Paphos Townhouse with stunning views & new pool available to rent
2 bedroom 2 bathrooms with stunning sea views & beautiful brand new pool
One double bedroom & second bedroom with two singles
Stunning panoramic sea views from balcony off double bedroom & downstairs terrace
Rear garden & front terrace
Allocated parking space
Located in Chloraka, Paphos
Quiet residential area -restaurant, kiosk, beach & bars within walking distance
Equidistant between historic Paphos harbour and the stunning beach at Coral Bay
2 championship golf courses Minthis Hills Golf Club and The Secret Valley Golf Club a short drive away
A week rental from £250 per week and longer term lets from £450 per month during winter season when there’s an average daytime winter temperature of 20-26 degrees.
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