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Postby cyprusgrump » Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:49 am

pissouri wrote:Yes I agree for once with grumpy, Pissouri is the place

It wasn't hard was it...?
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Postby Nikitas » Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:02 pm

The description you give, of a characteristically Cypriot seaside resort etc, does not exist anywhere in Cyprus.

The closest you can get is in some Greek islands like Karpathos, where the "developers" have not stuck their greedy little hands.
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Postby Tim Drayton » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:26 am

Nikitas wrote:The description you give, of a characteristically Cypriot seaside resort etc, does not exist anywhere in Cyprus.

The closest you can get is in some Greek islands like Karpathos, where the "developers" have not stuck their greedy little hands.


I would agree that all seaside resorts in Cyprus are geared to the British packet tour market and don't have much of a "Cypriot" feel to them, but I notice that Judie did not specify whether she was looking for somewhere by the sea. There are places in the hills that have definitely retained their Cypriot character. For example, the hill resort of Kakopetria, which has a number of hotels, certainly has no British pubs or fish and chip shops. If you are looking for bracing mountain air and stunning scenery rather than sun and sea, this could be the place. Be warned - it is cold in the mountains during the winter.
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Postby Tim Drayton » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:55 am

A further thought. Although the main tourist areas in places like Limassol have been turned into package tour paradises geared towards the British market, there are also huge "islands of Cypriotness" within a place the size of Limassol. If you head north of St Andrew's Street in the town centre you enter a part of the town where locals rather than tourists shop. If you can find Katholiki church, look for a small taverna named "Julios" which is mainly patronised by tradesmen and shopowners in the locality, and he always does two or three traditional Cypriot dishes every day. It is cheap, wholesome and very Cypriot. There must be plenty of other such places in Cyprus. I know there is a small restaurant near Agios Lazaros church in Larnaca that serves only traditional bean dishes, and is patronised almost exclusively by Cypriots.

Seek and ye shall find, in a nutshell.

Another thought - very few tourists spend much time in the capital, Nicosia. If you want to experience modern, urban Cypriot society at close hand, this may be the place to visit.
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Postby judie » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:44 pm

Thank you all very much for your valuable feedback. we have booked a villa in Pissouri, and will rent a car, so that we can explore the places that you suggest.javascript:emoticon(':P')
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