I’m not going to lie to you. I absolutely love traveling and seeing new places, but getting to those places gives me anxiety. Anna can verify that I am an awful travel buddy when it comes to flying. (She’s nodding her head in agreement) Our flight out to Cyprus was spent mostly trying to sleep and not being able to eat anything, which in the end made me super cranky. You see, we had 3 flights: NYC to Zurich, Zurich to Athens, and finally Athens to Larnaca. Needless to say, it was a long journey.
Helpful Tip: If you are flying into Cyprus pack small or else you will need to pay for any over-sized luggages like we did both entering and leaving the country. Turns out the planes are smaller. Whoops.
We rented a car from Hertz and made our way to the room we rented at Marina Apartments in Larnaca. The drive was only 15 min from the airport but since Cyprus utilizes the British road patterns, we took our sweet time trying to get used to driving on the other side of the road.
There is quite a lot to do in Cyprus.
Looking to go to the beach? Good Idea! Its pretty damn hot in Cyprus during the summer. We say check out Agia Napa. It’s a large touristy area with hotels, restaurants, bars, and the beach of course. You can use their beach umbrellas and chairs for a small fee. This is a great option if you don’t want to go out and buy one of your own.
Are you more interested in archaeological/historical sites? We recommend you visit the Filakismena Mnimata. This historical site is located within the central jail in Nicosia. A small section of the jail houses a cemetery plot/ museum where the dead bodies of 13 Cypriot soldiers, who had been fighting for independence from the UK, were buried. Nine of them were hung within the jail by order of Queen Elizabeth II in the early hours of the morning so that the other war prisoners wouldn’t know. The youngest was only 19 years old. Click here, and it will better explain the history and significance of this specific historical site.
We honestly wish we could have spent more than 5 days exploring. It was a short trip but we loved the island, the people, and the food. 😄
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Alexia with The Traveling TrashPandas