Morning all! So for this post, as you can already tell from the title, it’s all about Cyprus. From the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon to the natural rock formations of Avakas Gorge, Cyprus is one of the top Mediterranean Islands to visit each summer. It was never a place I had given much thought to prior to going, but when Luca suggested we take a five day break from our busy lives in London, and that flights to Cyprus were currently on sale, I was all for it.
Arrival.. an early flight, island vibes and no wifi
Waiting for our flight to take off, I could hear the whisper of conversations amongst the other passengers. The occasional cough, babies crying, flight attendants completing their final checks… and then there’s me, head resting on Luca’s shoulder thinking all I want to do is sleep. I always try to sleep on flights (try being the key word), I’m definitely not that chatty person talking to the stranger next to me about where I’m from or where I’ve just been. I’m usually always on ridiculously early morning flights, and I’m definitely not a morning person. So I closed my eyes knowing that in about two hours’ time, I’d be waking up in Cyprus.
Upon arrival we took the shuttle bus to a nearby car hire station and picked up the keys to our Ford Fiesta. I could tell Luca was a bit nervous, because unlike the rest of Europe, those in Cyprus drive on the left hand side of the road. That meant that my Australian driving skills would now come into play, as I took the drivers seat and he, slightly on edge, took the passengers. I consider myself to be a good driver, but since we started travelling, Luca and I have either taken public transport, Uber, or when visiting his family in Italy, Luca has always driven (as he’s used to driving on the right hand side of the road). So for him, me driving was a whole new experience.
Putting the keys into the ignition, I pulled out of the parking lot and started our 2.5 hour journey to Peyia. After about fifteen minutes Luca seemed to be satisfied with my driving ability and shifted his attention to finding the perfect radio station.
Driving along the coast, I was left speechless on multiple occasions at the natural beauty of the island. I just knew that the next four days were going to be amazing.
Arriving at our accommodation (a self contained unit) we were quick to discover that the internet on the island, and wifi in the room, was almost non existent. At first I went into slight panic mode, but then I realised, it’s actually a good thing. To be forced off social media for the next few days will actually do my mind and body some good. I would be forced into complete relaxation with zero distractions.
Day Two… Adonis Bath and sun baking
We decided to split our days into both exploring and relaxing. Exploring in the morning and relaxing by the pool or on a beach somewhere in the afternoon. This worked out great for us as we got the best of both worlds.
A split level waterfall cascading down into aqua blue water, Adonis bath is small in size, but surrounded by beautiful flowers, dragonflies and foliage, making it appear somewhat larger, without losing its intimate vibe.
Knowing that the bath can become quite crowded, we arrived early morning and were lucky to have it to ourselves for a good thirty minutes. However once the other visitors started to arrive, the relaxing vibe disappeared quite quickly.
The drive to the bath can be quite challenging, so you need to be prepared. We made it there and back in our rental car, although there were times when we definitely thought about turning back. A dirt road full of pot holes, rocks and unfenced cliff drops – I’d recommend a 4X4 for this kind of drive.
Day Three… Avakas Gorge and more sun baking
I had never seen a gorge before this trip, and now that I have, I can’t wait to see more! Utterly breathtaking. The drive here was much more manageable than to Adonis Bath, and from where we parked our car, it only took us fifteen minutes to reach the entry of the gorge.
With its natural rock formations reaching thirty meters high, and the array of wild plants that run along its base, I can understand why it’s been voted the best place to visit in Cyprus. It was an easy walk, thirty minutes to the centre of the gorge, and because we went early morning, there were only a few other people around.
We were lucky to visit in the summertime, because during autumn and winter the gorge turns into a flowing river, and access to see this beauty is restricted.
Day Four… swimming in the Blue Lagoon
Peering down from the top of the Blue Lagoon trail to the crystal clear waters below, I immediately fell in love. Cyprus being as beautiful as it is, we decided to ditch the car in the parking lot and hike down to the lagoon. The hike was more challenging than I expected, but incredibly rewarding. I’m not much of a hiker so my fitness level clearly wasn’t where it should have been, but I think it was mainly the heat that got to me. Being from Australia, I can handle a good dose of heat, but this was on another level. And with minimal trees to shade you from the sun, if you’re going to hike, you need to be prepared. Unlike us, who chose last minute to hike down, and had one bottle of water between us!
Reaching the lagoon I was surprised to see that there was minimal sand. I just assumed it’d be similar to a beach, just with clearer water. Well, I was hugely mistaken, as I think were a lot of others. Watching the majority of people place their belongings on surrounding rocks, we did the same and then headed straight for the water. Within minutes we were swimming in the clearest water I have ever seen and the refreshing feeling that came over my body after that tiresome hike, was more than welcomed.
Day Five… incredible cuisine and delayed flights
No trip to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the local cuisine. Taking flavours from signature Greek and Turkish dishes, the food found in Peyia, was fresh and insanely delicious. We had the most amazing kebabs at a cute little restaurant down the road from where we were staying, but my favourite meal of the trip was at Peyia Tavern.
Our table was full of freshly baked bread, hummus, tzatziki, salad, beef stew, cous cous and speciality fries. I was in heaven! I remember thinking to myself “could this get any better?” There’s no doubt that this cuisine has quickly become one of my favourites.
After lunch it was time for us to make our way back to the airport. We managed to return the car and check into our flight with good timing, only to discover a few minutes later that our flight back to Athens had been delayed. Now being stuck in Cyprus isn’t so bad, but when you have a connecting flight from Athens to London that you don’t want to miss, things can get a little stressful. Let’s just say that our relaxing time in Cyprus, quickly turned into us sprinting for Olympic gold to make that connecting flight. And of course, our gate was the furthest away.
Winded and out of breath, we managed to make it with literally seconds to spare. The moment we took our assigned seats we both collapsed with exhaustion. But despite the chaotic ending to our trip, we had the most relaxing and refreshing time away.