How to Escape the Cyprus Summer Crowds

If you are not a fan of the crowds when you are travelling, you have to avoid the tourist hotspots first. If you find yourself in Cyprus during the summer, you might have some trouble figuring out how you can stay away from the spots that everyone is frequenting. The island will welcome many visitors during the summer. This is also when university students will be on break. It might be a little difficult to escape the crowds. However, here are some spots off the track that we can recommend for those who want a quiet holiday away from the masses:

 

Nicosia

People will be abandoning the city for a summer getaway to the beach or the mountains, so Nicosia is actually a great place to stay! The second week of August is almost completely empty since most establishments will be closed for the holidays. Some people haven’t caught on to this trick of staying inland, and a few shops will stay open so you will have something to do. Make sure you double check their hours, as they will change for the holidays.

 

Pelendri Village

Escaping to remote villages will get you away from the crowds and also give you a little peek into Cyprus’ rural life. This village is known for its traditional Cypriot lifestyle and chiller atmosphere with cooler evenings. If you are hoping to village-hop, avoid Troodos, Kakopetria, and Platres because they are popular tourist destinations. Pelendri is a tiny, quiet village with very few residents and lots to see. Their great traditional stone houses and traditional wines are very accommodating. There are also plenty of nature trails or taverns to venture into. Eat some delicious Cypriot meze with organic, farm-grown ingredients from right there in that village.

 

Avdimou Beach

The coastline is going to be busy, and we all know it. Paphos town, Protaras, Ayia Napa, Larnaca, and Limassol will be way too crowded for us who are looking for solitude.  However, this does not mean that it’s impossible to find a beach on the island at all. There’s a village called Avdimou that sits at the halfway point between Limassol and Paphos that offers blue waters and beautiful rocky cliffs to admire. Avdimou beach is less well-known but is a great summer if you are looking for a quiet beach. It also boasts that laid-back Cypriot village life by a coastline that stretches out over a kilometer long and has some restaurants and taverns to explore and indulge in local produce.

 

Pissouri

Close by to our previous destination is the beautiful coastal city of Pissouri. It can get a little busy over summer. However, it is not overwhelming like other beaches on the island. This fun location has beautiful bodies of water with fun water sports and nudist beaches. There are luxurious hotels, quaint little traditional accommodations, and anything that might fit your lifestyle or tastes. You can’t miss out on their great grapes and wine.

 

Pomos

You would want to drive north from Polis Chrysochou just along the coast until you reach the secluded Pomos if you want beautiful scenery, untouched beaches, and unspoiled landscapes. Just the journey there will bring you coastal beauty and breathtaking sights. Many will flock to Pomos, but the beaches will remain relatively empty for your enjoyment.  You will have the choice between Kanalli beach, Tpoulorotsos beach, and Paradise beach. If you are looking for a quirky vibe, Paradise beach has a great little beach bar called Paradise Place that offers reggae and jazz festivals every year in August. You might also want to check out the harbor for its fresh fish taverns and the Museum of Natural History. There are many activities for different lifestyles and tastes, so you will remain entertained!

 

Kato Pyrgos

If you are looking for a truly remote place in Cyprus, the pebbly Kato Pyrgos is the place to be. This coastline is a little complicated to get to, so you would want to go through Pomos or Paphos. The winding road to get there is what puts off some crowds from visiting. This is why you would want to go if you are looking for somewhere away from crowds.

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Wine Bars in Nicosia That You Should Visit

One of the things that Cypriots do best is drink wine. After all, they believe it to be a remedy of sorrow and something that brings happiness. Cyprus is a paradise for wine lovers. The country is home to several villages that mainly produce wine. Every year, a massive wine festival is held in Limassol, the country’s wine capital. Despite all this, Nicosia is another city that has a range of interesting wine bars. Here are some of the wine bars that you should pay a visit to the next time you are in Nicosia:

 

Vino Cultura Wine Bar

This is a great place for both wine experts and newbies to go to. Not only do they offer you wine tasting opportunities, they will also educate you about wines that you may not have heard of before. You will be provided with a selection of almost thirty wines by the glass that are stored in the temperature-controlled cellars. Do not be afraid to ask the servers for advice should you be new to the wine industry.  All of the waiters here are well-trained and able to walk you through the menu. To maximize your experience, order some tapas that are specially prepared to be paired with the wine. Vino Cultura also holds wine seminars periodically. If you wish to attend, keep an eye out for an announcement on their social media pages.

 

Barrique Wine and Deli

If you want to taste wine in an environment that isn’t too stuffy and pretentious, Barrique Wine and Deli is the place for you. During the day, it operates as a typical deli. When the night comes, it turns into a wine bar with a list of affordable wine ranging from 3 to 7 euros per glass. They offer a wine and cheese platter, but you can also order a full meal to eat if you’re more than peckish.

 

Il Bacaro

When you look into Il Bacaro from the outside, you would never think that this corner bistro would sell wines. However, don’t forget – this is Nicosia we’re talking about. Wines are sold everywhere, including at this small bistro. The venue is decorated with low lighting to create a warm, romantic atmosphere. Il Bacaro is a perfect place for friends and family to get together and enjoy a few drinks. It is situated in a residential area and is immensely popular among the locals. This wine bar also offers authentic Italian food to complete your casual night out.

 

The Winery Wine Bar and Cellar

Although the place is small, don’t let the size fool you because the prices on their menu are not considered cheap. You will be given a long wine list full of options freshly produced just behind the bar. The equipment and winemaking process are on display, and you will get an entirely new experience of wine tasting. There is also an extensive collection of local and foreign wines for you to choose from. Their house wine is available by the glass. If you fall in love with it, it will soon be available by the bottle later this year. Like any other restaurant, the winery offers a variety of tapas, assorted platters, and main dishes. What makes this place stand out from other wine bars is not its food, however, but the astonishing architect inside the winery. While you are waiting for your food and wine, you will find yourself in a unique atmosphere where you can enjoy stone walls, glass doors, and perfect lighting around the bar.

 

Silver Star Wine Bar

If you want to experience a natural, low-intervention wine with no additives, Silver Star can provide you just that. Although they only have wines on the menu, you can order cheese and charcuterie platters from Kantina, the deli next door, to pair with your glass. Keep in mind that the venue has mostly outdoor seating so be sure that you dress appropriately according to the weather.

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The Best Places to Have Breakfast and Brunch in Nicosia

Cyprus is known to be one of the food capitals of the world, as it’s situated in one of the most resource-rich locations in all of Europe. The combination of fertile soil, frequent rainfall, and a sea teeming with fish and other creatures make Cyprus the perfect location for foodies everywhere. Of all the locations in Cyprus, Nicosia is definitely the best place to go on a food hunt, as this historic city is home to many local shops that have been open for decades.

If you’re looking to start every morning of your trip on the right note, you need a good breakfast to keep you fueled throughout the day. With that said, here are the best breakfast and brunch spots in Nicosia:

 

The Market Company

The Market Company is a small cafe and bar located near the centre of Nicosia. It’s a favourite joint among both locals and tourists, so we recommend that you book a table ahead of time to make sure that you don’t have to wait around for a seat. The place is decorated with a vintage style that’s perfect for hanging out with your family and friends before getting started on a day full of adventure. Their halloumi wraps are to die for, so we suggest that you try the dish out!

 

Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir

As you may be able to guess from the name, this restaurant serves French-inspired Cypriot dishes. The decor in the restaurant takes heavy inspiration from classic French diners, so you will feel as if you’re walking into a cafe in Paris during the 1950s. You can get a classic French breakfast here – buttered croissants, quiche, croquette, and even escargot snails! You can also get a traditional continental breakfast consisting of things like coffee, eggs, bacon, and sausages. No matter what type of French cuisine you’re looking for, this place has it all!

 

Kosta’s Corner

If you’re looking for a shop that specialises in brunch and lunch, Kosta’s Corner is your best bet. This place serves some of the best teas in the city, as they have a massive selection of tea and other hot beverages. The cafe also serves some traditional European dishes such as pasta, frittatas, and Greek salad. If you’re looking for a taste of continental European food, Kosta’s Corner will have it prepared for you just the way you like it!

 

State

If you’re looking for an American dining experience, State is the restaurant where you can experience that and more. The high ceiling, tall seats, and counter in the middle of the place will make you feel like you’re in a diner in the US. Additionally, the light music in the background will provide the perfect mood for the wonderful meal you can expect here. The brunch options are heavy on the salads, tea, and sandwiches, so if that’s what you’re interested in, State is the best place for it.

 

The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse is a modern restaurant that adds a twist to the traditional Cypriot menu. They use fresh fish and seafood caught on the day to make every dish, serving everything from burgers, salads, and grilled dishes, to steaks! The restaurant has an outdoor area where you can sit outside to enjoy the sun and the breeze on a day with nice weather. The Powerhouse is a great place for you to enjoy a good meal with your family to fill you up before the first activities of the day.

 

Hypnos Boutique is based in the city centre of Nicosia and is rated as one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the area. We’re in a safe area & provide security 24/7. Book your stay today!