Activities & culture vs commercialisation in Cyprus

by Becka
(London)

Hi, Great website by the way! It's nice to hear honest information for once, rather than tour operators trying to sell you everything under the sun.


My boyfriend and I are considering coming to Cyprus at the beginning of October for a week's holiday whilst it's still warm but not brain-meltingly hot!

The last thing I want to do is collapse on a beach everyday, but I would like there to be one close as an option. We both like watersports (diving especially) and I'm also interested in the more cultural aspects of the island (I'll drag the man along too!)

Which part of the island do you think would suit all our needs? Paphos seems like the best bet but your description of "massive beach resort" puts me off slightly as we want to avoid total commercialisation!

Where would you recommend?

Thanks!
Becka

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Aug 17, 2012
Where to stay in Cyprus
by: Helen (website owner)

While Paphos is a large town - too big in my opinion - there are many places in the Paphos area where you can escape the tourist places and get the best of both culture (Unesco sites in Paphos for instance like Tombs of the Kings and the Mosaics) and activities like diving and other watersports.

Why not base yourself in Polis or Latchi? I'm biased as that's where we live, but you have a good mix of restaurants, beaches, watersports and also hike and bike options on the beautiful unspoilt Akamas peninsula. You're only a €2 euro 1 hour bus ride from Paphos, if you don't wnat to hire a car (takes 40 minutes by car) and the only thing you would really be missing is a greater variety of nightlife, Then again, Bar street in Paphos is pretty grim and mainly for teenagers, if you're over 25!

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