12.04.2016 – LARNACA – KHIROKITIA – PAPHOS

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AS PER OUR EVENING PLANS WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO PAPHOS EARLY, AT 8.30AM. AFTER SEVERAL DOZEN KILOMETRES WE LEFT THE MAIN ROAD TO VISIT KHIROKITIA.

A FEW KILOMETRES DOWN THE ROAD AMONGST THE FIELDS WAS A BEAUTIFUL, SMALL CHURCH – PANAGIA TOU KAMPOU (OUR LADY OF THE FIELDS). KHIROKITIA AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM INCLUDED ON THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES LIST IS INTERESTING.

ENTRY IS € 2.5 p.p. IT WOULD TAKE UP TO 60 min MAXIMUM TO VISIT THE SITE.

UNFORTUNATELY WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER SMALL CHURCH – AGIOS GEORGIOS, SITUATED NEARBY. I FORGOT TO PUT OUR TRIP’S MAP ON MY MOBILE, AND NOBODY WAS ABLE TO HELP US FIND IT. WE GIVE IT A MISS …

WE ARE UNDERWAY AGAIN

AFTER A WHILE WE TURNED OFF THE MOTORWAY AGAIN TO VISIT REMNANTS OF KURION – A LARGE COMPLEX BUILT NEAR THE SEA AND SPREAD OVER A LARGE AREA. IT INCLUDES THE LAST OF TEMPLE OF APOLLO HYLATES, STADIUM, SMALL CHURCH (AGIOS ERMOGENIS) AND LARGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO IS JUST A FAIRLY SMALL AREA OF EXCAVATIONS STILL BEING WORKED ON. INTERESTING. ENTRY €2.5 PER PERSON. IT TAKES ABOUT 45 MINUTES TO VISIT.

ENTRY TO THE STADIUM IS FREE AND IT TAKES  ONLY 10 MINUTES TO VISIT. THERE IS ALSO A 4KM WALKING TRACK FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO STRETCH THEIR LEGS.

AGIOS ERMOGENIS – A LITTLE CHURCH NEAR THE ENTRY TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK TOOK ABOUT 10 MINUTES TO LOOK THROUGH. CUTE.

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL, STONY BEACH NEARBY WHERE ONE CAN FIND SEVERAL EATING PLACES TO SHOVE SOMETHING DOWN THE THROAT”. WE HAVE CHOSEN KOURION BEACH CAFÉ RESTAURANT. BEER IS €2.0 (S). € 3.0 (L), WINE IS € 4 (S), FISH MEZE € 20.0 / pp.

THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF THIS AREA IS OF COURSE THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK. ENTRY AT €4.6 pp. ALLOW AROUND 150 MINUTES FOR VISITING. THE DOORS ARE SHUT AT 5 am, SO START VISIT AT THE LATEST AT 3 pm. IT IS POSSIBLE TO SEE EVERYTHING IF ONE GOES REALLY FAST. NOTE: LOTS OF WALKING IS REQUIRED !!!

WHEN DRIVING TO PAPHOS ON A MOTORWAY TURN LEFT ON A ROUNDABOUT. SHORTLY YOU WILL SEE A LARGE SUPERMARKET ALPHA MEGA ON YOUR RIGHT. IT IS WORTH TO STOP AND DO SOME FOOD SHOPPING THERE.

OUR PYRAMOS HOTEL IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL CITY. ALL IMPORTANT HISTORIC PLACES EXCEPT OF AGIA SOLOMONI CHURCH AND RULERS’ GRAVES ARE HANDY. THE SAME WITH FOOD – ONLY ONE WELL KNOWN RESTAURANT IS A BIT FURTHER AWAY.

WE HAD OUR DINNER AT AN APPARENTLY OLDEST TAVERN IN TOWN – HONDROS. TRADITIONAL DISHES IN CYPRUS – LAMB (KLEFTIKO), EGG PLANT – BRILLIANT. NOT SO MUCH THE GRILLED OCTOPUS – TOO DRY AND NOT SO INTERESTING – BUT IT IS MY OPINION. THE BILL FOR THE DINNER WITH BEER AND WINE FOR THE FOUR OF US WAS 72€40 …
LOTS OF FOOD ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ??

PAPHOS - AFTER DINNER I AM WRITING MY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE WALL OF HONDROS RESTAURANT

PAPHOS – AFTER DINNER I AM WRITING MY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE WALL OF HONDROS RESTAURANT

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AS USUAL ESTABLISHING PLANS FOR THE 24 NEXT HOURS FINISHED THE DAY …

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