When holidaying in Cyprus, we wouldn’t blame you for being seduced by the popular resorts and all that they have to offer; the spotless beaches, the water sports, and the restaurants serving up so many delicious dishes you’ll find it hard to make a final decision. It’s understandable. However, if you have a hankering to investigate the hidden corners of this Mediterranean island, then look into car hire in Cyprus and seek out some of the other treasures that Cyprus has to offer.
The White Rocks
This unspoilt six mile stretch of coastline is found just 15 miles outside of Limassol in between St George’s Monastery and Governor’s Bridge. Those who make the trip will be seduced by secluded, rocky coves and private beaches with barely enough room for a whole family. If the idea of competing with fellow holidaymakers for possession of the one remaining sunbed gets your blood pressure soaring through the roof – then The White Rocks provides the perfect alternative. The waters are shallow and clear making them perfect for paddling or even a spot of snorkeling. It is worth noting that there are no facilities on these beaches so remember to pack a picnic and anything you might need for the day ahead.
This secluded waterfall, located close to Platres between Phini Village and Trooditissa Monastery, is a photographer’s dream. To access the falls you will need to drive for just over a mile on a rough earth track but unless there has been heavy rain this is unlikely to cause you any problems. The 8 metre waterfall is surrounded by the islands plentiful flora and you can climb up to the top via a handy staircase which lies side-by-side. Watch your step!
When the bright lights of the resorts strip become too much and you find yourself day dreaming about what the island must have been like years ago – why not go and see for yourself? A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage village will take you back to years gone by as you marvel at the traditional Byzantine architecture, cobbled streets, narrow footpaths and quaint chapels. This is a beautiful and fascinating glimpse into a Cypriot community that remains virtually untouched by modern day civilisation. Prepare to lose a whole day exploring the village; pay a visit to Saint Marina or Panayia Theotokos churches or simply get lost in the streets as you gaze at the vine-covered rooftops, balconies and shady courtyards.
This is the richest and most lavish of the country’s monasteries and for that reason, it is worth hopping in that hire car and heading north-west to the Marathasa region. The monastery sits atop a mountain 1318m above sea level, north-west of Troodos and 12 or so miles west of Pedoulas. The monastery was founded at the end of the 11th century and has experienced a turbulent time – in fact, the multiple fires which have devastated it mean that nothing remains of the original structure. As well as being in a spectacular destination, the tomb of the first ever President of Cyprus is close by and remains a popular tourist destination.
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