The Captivating Avakas Gorge

This place is really enchanting, yes originally I went to see the gorge formation but the whole walk up to it is just as brilliant. The fauna and stone shapes seem like they’re from the past and have aged beautifully over time. The trees roots were again so brilliant to look at entangled. The pathway was rugged but not unbearable.

The great thing is though, every time you look from a different angle the surroundings look completely different. Water was dripping from the roots of trees attached onto the stone like something out of Jurassic Park. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a Dinosaur peered amongst the shrubs and came after me. 

Limassol Municipal Park – What the whole town could be like

I adore the Municipal Gardens and would simply be heart broken if anyone was ever to change anything. (Apart from the Lamps) The park does look aged, but in a good way, not at all tired. Almost everything planted here was planted when my parents were children. So many old trees. The Palm trees for example are the tallest palm trees I’ve ever seen, towering above you it’s quite spectacular to stand under them.

There is a huge cactus as well which seems almost historic, jotted throughout the place are great pine trees which are reminiscent of the nearby majestic troodos mountains. This is one of the only places which grass seems to grow pretty well due to all the shade the trees create.

As you can see below the roots of some of the trees are brilliant. Concerts also happen in the yellow chaired ampitheatre style outdoor venue, although the yellow seats have their charm it could perhaps be done up. However it’s the blue chairs that play on my memory strings, with the little kiosks selling pre bottled lemonade and crisps. Makes me think about when I was young and never really realized what was around me, but now I look back I notice it’s in the spaces I like the most which I had the best times in when I was young.

If you are in town, you should definitely take a look at the municipal gardens, such a peaceful place almost locked in time compared to the rest of the city, go see a show too. Entrance to the park is free however unfortunately dogs are not allowed.

If you have a place which reminds you so much of previous times and have photographs I would love to feature the location as a ‘guest feature’ post so please send me an email cagath@live.co.uk

Paphos Municipal Beach

Paphos Municipal Beach, is a fun, clean and energetic beach. Much more room than the crowded beaches of Ayia Napa and surprisingly the sand is whiter than a lot of the paphos beaches. It’s also fun to walk along the coast. The small bar has some really good chips. There are a few waves, nothing uncontrollable but you can have some fun bobbing up and down, the water was really warm back when I visited.

Tomb Raiding in the Tombs of the Kings

Amazing experience, literally walking through the past. You can touch the columns carved of stone. The heat seems to vanish in the tombs, some ancient engineering perhaps? Incredibly well preserved, go visit!

Lara Beach – The Famous Turtle Bay

Lara Bay, if you’re looking for turtles in Cyprus and you type that in to a search engine, Lara Bay will be the first thing that comes up. The beach itself is very impressive, like a cove. The sand is an unusual earthy red colour and there are amazingly foamy waves. Word of warning, do not eat at the little restaurant on the hill just above here as although the people who served us seemed lovely, the food was the exact opposite of lovely. Some of you will recognize the image to the right as the cover of Happenings Magazine. The journey to the beach is just as stunning as the beach itself, I even saw a wild boar on my way up here! Although I didn’t go for a swim, I could see other people swimming. No where near as many turtle nests as I expected, you be better off going to the Akrotiri Sand Dune Beach, for a good chance of seeing a turtle. But still I enjoyed the visit it’s a very rough and rugged beauty you don’t see very much of elsewhere.

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