6 Planning Tips For Your Vacation Abroad

Traveling to another country on vacation can be a wonderful experience.  Travel broadens the mind and refreshes the spirit.

Choose an interesting place to go. Rather than settling on a well-known holiday destination, think outside the box. For instance, if you want a seaside vacation, consider an exotic location like Larnaca, a 6,000-year-old seaport in Cyprus. Next, determine how much money you will need, hunt for travel deals, and work and save for the trip.

Some things that you should take care of well before your intended trip include making sure that you stock your wallet, get your passport renewed, apply for any necessary visas, and get an International Driver’s License (if you intend to rent a car). You may also want to consider whether you should get Traveler’s Insurance, if you need to get any health shots and if you have enough prescriptions meds with you.

1. Decide how you’ll stock your wallet

Although traveler’s checks used to be a go-to solution when traveling, they can be problematic if you go to a less developed country. Getting cash in the foreign currency might be a problem, too, because you might have to take a large stack of notes, which increases the risk of theft. You might be better off taking a credit card and informing the issuer which country you’ll be visiting. This way, your card won’t be denied for suspicious activity when you make purchases from a foreign country.

Additionally, you have to consider what to do if your wallet is stolen. One simple solution is to have a family member send you money. If, for instance, you live in Australia, you can ask them to sign up for a Ria Money Transfer Australia account. They can then use this service to send you the amount you need in an emergency.

2. Renew your passport and apply for any necessary visas

Make sure your passport is up-to-date, valid for 6 months after your date of return. Renew it, if it’s set to expire. Next, see whether you will need a visa and find out where to get one. Make a photocopy of everything. If your passport is ever stolen, file a police report, go to the nearest embassy or consulate and fill out a statement about the theft and apply for a new passport. Carry your photocopies with you in your carry-all.

3. Apply for an International Driver’s License

If you are planning on renting a car, then also consider getting an International Driver’s License.

4. Decide on Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can provide protection should you have a medical emergency or trip interruption. But before you apply for this, make sure that there are no travel warnings and advisories about the country you’re planning on visiting. If they are, then you may not be able to get travel insurance.

5. Find out about Vaccinations

Find out about any required vaccination shots at least six weeks before you leave. These may be necessary if you’re traveling to a country where a disease is widespread. Also, find out about any dangers associated with drinking the local water.

6. Fill your Prescriptions

Take photocopies of your prescriptions and pack them separately from your non-prescription meds. You may also have to check to see these prescription drugs are legal in the destination country. Usually, this is not a problem, but it’s best to make sure that it’s not on a confiscation of prescription drugs list.

And if you need to use a syringe, then get a letter from your doctor about why you need to inject yourself. As you go through customs, be sure to declare your syringe.

Finally, get enough medicine to last your whole trip as it might be difficult to get a prescription refill when you’re abroad.

Plan Early

By planning ahead, you’ll enjoy a safe time abroad. The earlier you take these six steps the better.  If there are any delays in getting the required paperwork, it won’t interfere with your flight plans.


4 Free Things to do in Larnaca, Cyprus

Holidays in Larnaca is a vacation worth giving a try. Larnaca is the oldest city in Cyprus. It has been existing for more than 6,000 years since it is beside seaports. It is dubbed as the capital of the Mediterranean Sea since it is a very popular seaside destination.

You might say that it will cost you a lot to spend your holidays in Larnaca. Actually, it will cost you some money since most tourist attractions are not free. However, there are things you can do in Larnaca that are actually free and encouraged. Here are four free things you can do during your holidays in Larnaca.

Walk On One of Larnaca’s Stunning Beaches

Being on the seaside of Cyprus only means that Larnaca is filled with beaches you can stroll around from morning to midnight. One of the nearest beach from the Larnaca Airport is the Mackenzie Beach. You can walk on the seaside of Mackenzie Beach while feeling the cool waves wash on your feet.

If you are after are more tropical scenery to jog along and take pictures, you can start with Phinikoudes Beach. This beach is filled palm trees that give off the beach ambiance. Beaches like Yanathes, Kastella, and Faros are some of the safe beaches you can visit in Larnaca. Taking a stroll while taking pictures is definitely free yet relaxing.

Stroll Along Larnaca Promenade

If you are looking for another beautiful place where you can take pictures of yourself, visiting the Larnaca Promenade is definitely the right place. The said promenade is filled with tall palm trees that you can walk by. Not only that, you can also feel the busy bustling place ambiance. Larnaca Promenade is the complete package place. It has beaches, entertainment, food, drinks, shops and recreational centers. Basically, pictures you took in that place will all scream “Hey! I’m in Larnaca.”.

Religious Spots Are Free To Visit

If you are looking for a Larnaca tourist spot that you can go in for free, then visit the religious institutions situated in the area. One of these is Agios Lazaros. Agios Lazaros which means Saint Lazarus in English is a splendid ancient stone church that is located in the town square. It is one of the infrastructures during the Byzantine Empire that has survived the Ottoman War and had been preserved up to this day. The said church is where Lazarus, the man who was resurrected by Jesus, had stayed during his missionary works along with Apostle Paul. This is also where his tomb lies. Not only does Agios Lazaros possess such rich biblical history, it is also home to the finest architectural masterpieces like the baroque wood carvings.

If you are more on the Muslim side, Larnaca is also the home of the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. The said mosque was built in 648 AD when Umm Haram the aunt of Mohammed died on that spot during a missionary expedition. It is the center of Muslims gatherings in Cyprus. It is also one of the sacred Muslim mosques alongside Mecca and Al Aksha. The mosque welcomes people of different races and religions to go in and see its interior. It also has a beautiful garden and an amazing view of the Salt Lake.

Indulge In The Beauty Of Salt Lake Larnaca

If you decided to visit the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, then you might as well indulge with its beautiful surroundings. Salt Lake Larnaca is filled with the culture of Cyprus that you are free to see and take pictures with. The region gives you a glimpse of Cyprus’ history.

The Salt Lake is also where the infamous Wreck of the Zenobia lies. It is also home to many species of colorful fishes that you can see swimming along the lakeside. If you visit the region during the winter season from November to March, you will be bombarded with the many species of birds that use the lake as a temporary shelter. The most famous of the bird species that also visit the lake is the Pink Flamingos. Their pink feathers reflected on the waters of the lake is definitely a sight to see and an Instagram-worthy shot.

Mainly, you do not need to spend a lot of money to enjoy your holidays in Larnaca, Cyprus. In fact, just being there is enough for you to enjoy your vacation. Just make sure you brought your camera with you to capture the picturesque city of Cyprus.

Visiting a Turkish territory in Cyprus

NORTHERN CYPRUS (or TURKISH REPUBLIC of NORTHERN CYPRUS): Sad but true that Cyprus is the only divided country in Europe and its northern part has been occupied by Turkish forces since 1974. Since then Turkey has been occupying 1/3 of this island and only Turkey recognizes this land officially calling it “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Other countries and UN recognize this island as Republic of Cyprus and calls the Turkish side “Northern Cyprus or occupied Cyprus”. With proper documentation anyone can cross the border to go the northern part of Cyprus.

Driving towards Nicosia, you can see a Turkish flag on the mountain
Driving towards Nicosia, you can see a Turkish flag on the mountain

We spent a day in Northern Cyprus during our visit to Cyprus and got a little taste of Turkey in the northern part. Nicosia is the capital of Republic of Cyprus. Most of the tourists usually cross the border to go to the northern part on foot via Ledra Street for a day-trip and come back to the southern part. We parked our car in South Nicosia and walked to the border to go to the Turkish side. Northern Nicosia contains about half of the old city and this old walled city boasts of many attractions and heritage for its tourists.

After crossing the border to North Nicosia in the old town
After crossing the border to North Nicosia in the old town

TIME of TRAVEL: We flew to Cyprus in December 2013 only for few days out of which we spent a day in the northern side. Weather is actually very pleasant in Cyprus in December, I guess being by the Mediterranean helps. It was a bit colder once in a while, especially after dark.

OUR HOTEL: Please see my page on Republic of Cyprus on the right-side bar to see which accommodation we used in Cyprus.

EATING and SHOPPING: When you are in Northern Cyprus/the Turkish territory, you can get a little bit everything that you would normally get in Turkey. Turkish delights, apple tea, potteries, wall décor, and small trinkets can be found in the old town of Northern Nicosia.

Dishes here are not very typical Turkish, nor Cypriot; they are more like blend of both. We had lunch in Muze Dostlari near Selimiye Mosque. They had very limited menu but had some good traditional food. I wanted to try moussaka but when I ordered it here, it didn’t look like the traditional Greek moussaka. I had moussaka which was more like a casserole but here the dish came with some cooked aubergine with Turkish style rice and salad. It was very tasty but just looked different. My girls had rice with Turkish style meat-balls, very well too.

My lunch in Northern Cyprus - moussaka, Turkish style???
My lunch in Northern Cyprus – moussaka, Turkish style???

PLACES WE’VE VISITED: After crossing the border to Northern Cyprus, we spent few hours here, mainly staying in the old town and visiting sites within the wall. You can cover the old part on foot very leisurely, it’s small and very well marked.

1) SELIMIYE MOSQUE: As locals call it Selimiye Camii, was once known as St. Sophia Cathedral. This is a top attraction of Northern Nicosia and a must-visit landmark. This fortress-looking mosque was built from 1208 – 1326. It was converted to a mosque in 1570 during Ottoman’ time and two minarets were added then. This is still an active mosque, therefore no visitors are allowed during prayer time. It’s a beautiful masjid/mosque inside and outside, especially loved the courtyard.

Selimiye Mosque from the 13th century, one of the top landmarks of Northern Cyprus
Selimiye Mosque from the 13th century, one of the top landmarks of Northern Cyprus

2) ATATURK SQUARE: This is the main square and supposed to be heart of the city. Don’t be disappointed by its simple and dull look. A thin medieval Venetian columns stands in the middle of the square surrounded by pedestrian walking zones. Historic judicial building is in one side of the square.

Ataturk Square
Ataturk Square

3) KYRENIA GATE: This is one of the original gates of the city from the Venetian time in 1567. A statue of Kamal Ataturk stands facing the big street in front of it.

Kyrenia Gate from the 16th century with statue of Kamal Ataturk in Northern Cyprus
Kyrenia Gate from the 16th century with statue of Kamal Ataturk in Northern Cyprus

4) SAMANBAHCE HOUSES: This is a must-visit place in Northern Nicosia. You can see traditional Turkish Cypriot architecture and houses in this small neighborhood. The houses and streets are very well persevered and were decorated with fresh flowers and plants.

Originally, Samanbahce is thought to have been one of several gardens used by the residents of the Walled City. As the demand for housing grew, Samanbahce was developed into a social housing complex. Approximately by 1894 this was partially built and functioning as social housing. The whole construction was done in phases and was completed in 1955. This was the first known social housing to have been constructed in Cyprus and consists of 72 separate units along 5 rows parallel to Kyrenia Avenue.

Traditional Turkish Cypriot architecture and houses of Samanbahce neighborhood
Traditional Turkish Cypriot architecture and houses of Samanbahce neighborhood

Samanbahce Area covers about 2000 square meters and is located on the northern edges of the walled city of Nicosia, very close to Kyrenia Avenue, and to the bastion of Quirini. It’s a unique neighborhood with much defined geometric narrow roads and units of one story mud-brick construction with red-tiled roof. A large fountain is located in the core of the estate while a large open space (parking and playground for children) can be found in the northern corner.

5) BUYUK HAMAM or GRAND TURKISH BATH: This building was once St. George of Latin’s Church. Built about 500 years ago, it is still an active place for relaxation. The hamam is open every day from 9am, for both men and women but only for customers, not for tourism purposes.

6) BUYUK HAN (THE GREAT INN): Built in 1572, this is one of the most important architectural works of the Turkish period in Cyprus. The “Han”, which was built to provide accommodation for travelers from Anatolia, Turkey and other parts of Cyprus. Presently it’s a nice place to do some souvenirs hunting and have some Turkish drinks or light snacks and enjoy the enclosing architecture of it. We sat down for some Turkish apple tea in the late afternoon after getting some small gift items from the downstairs shops.

Buyuk Han (Big Inn) from 1572 in Northern Cyprus
Buyuk Han (Big Inn) from 1572 in Northern Cyprus

The Buyuk Han (Big Inn) is located in the traditional market center, within the city walls of Nicosia. The stone-paved square has two-story Buyuk Han that consists of 68 rooms which open to the vaulted galleried surrounding a square planned inner courtyard, and few shops which open to the outside of the Han. An Ottoman Masjid stands on marble piers, with a fountain (used for ritual ablutions) beneath, in the center of the courtyard. It has two entrances: east and west.

Visiting birthplace of “Aphrodite” – Cyprus

REPUBLIC of CYPRUS: Cyprus, the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. It’s an island of sun, sea, sand-white ancient temples, scenic sites, and cool mountain resorts. Cyprus can offer its visitors picturesque pine-clad mountains, golden sun-kissed beaches, modern cosmopolitan towns, tranquil and timeless villages, and genuinely welcoming Cypriots. I love visiting islands and this was just one of those perfect island spots that kind of reminded me of my trip to Santorini.

Houses on the mountains in Cyprus
Houses on the mountains in Cyprus

The strategic position of Cyprus attracted the first Greeks, who came to the island over 3,000 years ago at the end of the Trojan War. After that, over the centuries Cyprus came under the sway of various rulers including the Egyptians, Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans, and finally the British. In July of 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus. Since then Cyprus is the only divided country in Europe. You can go to the Turkish occupied side or as the Cypriots say “Northern Side” with proper documents and enjoy a little piece of Turkey there.

We rented a car from Paphos airport to get around the island and this is probably the best way to hop from town to town here. Cyprus can be a small island but don’t underestimate its seductive beauty and luring history. Cyprus is a beautiful country and has the capability to attract any sort of tourists from photographers, nature wanderers, winter-sports lovers, swimmers, food and culture hunters, those who are into Greek myths, to those who just want to be lazy and lay flat on the sandy beach by blue water and surrounded by hundreds of green palm trees. You can spend weeks in this island and will still find things you haven’t experienced before. Too bad we stayed only for few days but I can imagine myself going to some of the unseen places in Cyprus and the joy they would have brought me.

TIME of TRAVEL: It was in the beginning of December, 2013 when we flew to Paphos, Cyprus. Going from Belgium, I felt blessed to be in warm weather. Although it can be a bit cold after dark or really windy and chilly up in the mountains, Cyprus was still a perfect place to visit when most of the parts of Europe put on their greyish wintry looks. Beaches around this time of the year are less crowded but Mediterranean water is perfect for swimming. Sometimes it does snow in the mountains in December or January but don’t have to worry about that in the big cities.

OUR HOTEL: Unlike my hotel in Edinburgh (which didn’t have any toilette inside the room and where I could hear a baby crying for the whole night in the next room), this hotel in Cyprus was actually some 4-star hotel with fancy lobby, spacious room, furnished balcony, and ocean-view. Oh yeh, cause I wasn’t traveling alone this time, so more reason to pick a hotel with best reviews. The hotel was Mediterranean Beach Hotel in Limassol. It was like a grand resort by the blue water. Breakfast (lot of options…was really nice) and Wi-Fi were free. The hotel had a private entrance to the beach but the beach was accessible by anyone.

Blue Mediterranean in front of our hotel in Limassol, Cyprus
Blue Mediterranean in front of our hotel in Limassol, Cyprus

Staying in Limassol also made it easy and saved us time in commuting to different parts of this island, since it’s almost in the middle of the island and all the other towns were about an hour drive from Limassol.

EATING and SHOPPING: Cyprus has a wide range of restaurants and fast-food places from local cuisines to any other international kitchens. I thought we would find more of Greek food here. I found some but not many and some similar Greek dishes have different names. I saw many Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, KFC, and Subway here and there. Our first lunch was in Limassol old town in a restaurant called “Caballeros” right in front of Limassol Castle. A row of restaurants can be found here, usually offering traditional food with some other international cuisines. Try Cyprus’ local cheese Halloumi which is very tasty. I had a very well-known Cypriot soup called “Afgo-Lemoni” which is made with chicken, lemon, egg, and rice…had a fantastic lemon scent to it. On our third day in Cyprus, some of our family friends treated us in a fish tavern called “Kastro Tavern” in Paphos Harbor. If you have a weakness for sea-food, Paphos is probably one of the best places to enjoy freshly caught seafood with beautiful view of the harbor.

Grilled sea-bass, our last portion of lunch by Paphos Harbor
Grilled sea-bass, our last portion of lunch by Paphos Harbor

For shopping, village of Lefkara is very famous for the lace-like embroidery which is a very traditional and famous souvenir of Cyprus. One of the famous designs they do on fabric is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci art. Lefkara is also known for silver artifacts and local delights. Limassol old town also has a small market place near the castle where you can find some local trinkets and generic souvenirs.

Some typical Cypriot treats and delights in Troodos Mountains
Some typical Cypriot treats and delights in Troodos Mountains

PLACES WE’E VISITED: We spent total of two days in Southern Cyprus and one full day in the Northern part which is occupied by the Turkish now. Some of the towns here are small and can be combined with other nearby places. Renting a car definitely was the way to go here. Visiting these big and small cities were fun but half the entertainment was to drive by scenic highways and get to these small places.

1) LIMASSOL (LEMESOS): Since we stayed in Limassol, we decided to roam around Limassol on the first day. This is the 2nd largest city of Cyprus. The city is thriving with busy shopping centers, countless taverns, restaurants, and grooving nightlife.

Our first stop was Limassol Castle. Located in the historic city center of Limassol, the purpose of this castle was to guard and protect both the port and the city itself. The present edifice dates back to the Ottoman period, 1590. But archeological evidence indicates that it existed during the Byzantine period too.

Inside Limassol Castle in Cyprus
Inside Limassol Castle in Cyprus

Some early excavations, like marble pedestal, floor of Middle Byzantine (10th – 11th century), bases of colonnades, basilica and chapels, and tombstones are some highlights of this castle.  Limassol Castle houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus today. In this ancient monument, artifacts are displayed which reflect the political, economic, social, and artistic development of Cyprus as well as everyday life on the island from the 3rd to the 19th century A.D. Do climb all the way to the terrace for a beautiful view of the town, mountains afar, and glimmering blue water.

From the terrace of Limassol Castle in Cyprus
From the terrace of Limassol Castle in Cyprus

The castle is pretty small with 3 levels and took us about 45 minutes to visit. Entrance fee is 4.50 euros per adult. Castle is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9-5 and Sundays from 10 – 1 (closed on Mondays).

We didn’t manage to go to Kourion Theatre outside of Limassol, but this ancient site is worth visiting if you can spare some time. This amphitheater was extensively excavated which is still used for summer concerts and theatrical productions. Also the delightful villages in gentle pace of rural life are worth visiting, like ancient village of Amathus. On our last day we stopped at Governor’s Beach outside of Limassol. We went to the wrong point of Governor’s Beach where it was empty and dirty, but the main beach supposed to be a long sandy beach with many fish taverns, and beautiful white stone coast.

2) LEFKARA: Visiting the village of Lefkara (in Larnaca district) at the foothill of Troodos Mountain was a surprising treat for us. It’s only half an hour away from Larnaca. After finishing with Limassol and lunch, we took this pleasant drive thru the mountains to Lefkara.

We first arrived in Kato Lefkara, which is the lower town. It’s a picturesque, unspoiled little town with lots of traditional houses and boasting culture. Kato Lefkara had silver mine before and has a long tradition in the art of silversmithing. We took about 15-20 minutes to walk around the villages, looking at lace shops and around the mountainous areas and then drove to Pano Lefkara (Upper town). We really didn’t get down on the upper part, just drove thru some small neighborhoods enjoying unique architecture. Both Pano and Kato Lefkara are famous for their lace-making tradition. Enjoy the old churches from 11th century, some museums, pleasant countryside, and artistic small alleys in these villages. Loved strolling thru the stone paved streets and photographic nature walk.

Looking over Lefkara
Looking over Lefkara

3) LARNACA: It’s about 66km from Limassol to Larnaca and was our last stop of 1st day.  It claims to be the oldest city in Cyprus with evident inhabitant dating back to 6000 years.

Salt Lake of Larnaca is opposite of the airport and is the home of thousands of migrating flamingoes during winter. It was almost getting dark when we reached there and saw barely any water on the lake…maybe it dries up during winter. You can see the muddy lake lined with lots of green and tall palm trees in one side and a beautiful mosque while driving parallel to the lake.

Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque and Salt Lake in the front in Larnaca, Cyprus
Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque and Salt Lake in the front in Larnaca, Cyprus

Beautiful and historic Hala Sultan Tekkke Mosque stands by the salt lake in Larnaca. The building of the mosque in its present form is dated from the 18th century. It is built over a tomb which according to the tradition belongs to Umm Haram, foster-mother of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It’s the main Muslim pilgrimage site of Cyprus and among the most important holy places of Islam. Open Monday – Sunday from 8:30am – 5pm and closed on Fridays.

After the mosque and salt lake, we drove to Larnaca Promenade. It was already dark and could only hear Mediterranean’s roaring sound. It was pleasant taking a stroll by the water. There are many restaurants and bars here by the promenade Larnaca castle is located in the old town at one end of this promenade.

4) NICOSIA: Also known as Lefkosia, Nicosia is about 82 km from Limassol. It has been the capital of this island since the 11th century. Today, it blends its historic past brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city.

The heart of the city, enclosed by 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches, and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past. Lefkosia/Nicosia is the only capital city in Europe that remains divided by force. Although we didn’t go out of the main city, just few kms away are enchanting Byzantine churches and monasteries, charming villages and archeological sites.

We spent most of our time in the old town of Nicosia before crossing the border to the north side which is under Turkish authority at this moment. Ledra Street in old town led us to the border and check-point. The street is packed with many shops, and restaurants.

5) TROODOS MOUNTAINS: We met up with some family friends on our 3rd day in Cyprus and it was very nice of them to spend a whole day with us and showing around the island. We started our day with driving towards Troodos Mountains. Our first stop was at the main square of Troodos where we stopped for some shopping and stretching. Then started driving again towards Omodos Village.

Roads in Troodos Mountains in Cyprus
Roads in Troodos Mountains in Cyprus

Omodos Village on the Troodos Mountain (geographically it’s in Limassol District) is a place where tourists can experience Cyprus’s genuine culture and architecture. This is the most authentic and traditional village in the island. Monastery of the Holy Cross is located here. The monastery is not active; it’s rather a museum now where you can get some glimpses of this country’s history.

Monastery of the Holy Cross  in Omodos Village, Cyprus
Monastery of the Holy Cross in Omodos Village, Cyprus

There are many falls and scenic panoramic points here where you can enjoy the valley below from up above. It was simply awesome to drive thru those mountains to get a different perspective of this island.

Driving by scenic Troodos Mountains in Cyprus
Driving by scenic Troodos Mountains in Cyprus

6) PAPHOS: About 70km drive from Limassol, Paphos is probably the most bustling city of Cyprus. The city is known for being the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite.

On our 3rd day, after spending some time in the mountains and villages and having a wonderful lunch by the water-front in Paphos, we went to the castle. Paphos Castle is located at the western part of the port, which once was a part of coastal defensive system of Cyprus. This ancient Venetian castle was restored by the Ottomans in 1592. What survives today is the Ottoman restoration of the western Frankish tower, its Venetian additions and the remains of the second tower at a distance of 50m to the east. Some parts of it were used as prisons cells during the Ottoman occupation. During the British rule, it was used as a salt warehouse.

Looking over Paphos Harbor from the castle, in Cyprus
Looking over Paphos Harbor from the castle, in Cyprus

A couple of minute of walk from the castle is Kato Paphos Archeological Site “Mosaics”. It was almost sunset and we could spend little time visiting only the highlights of this beautiful outdoor museum. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excavations have unearthed the spectacular 3rd and 5th century mosaics of the Houses of Dionysus and other places which were buried for sixteen centuries but were remarkably intact. Some of the important monuments in this site are the House of Dionysus (Greek God of Wine), some early Christian basilicas and churches, Agora, Tombs of the Kings, and Hellenistic Theatre.

A lighthouse by the sea in Paphos Archeological site
A lighthouse by the sea in Paphos Archeological site

House of Dionysus (2nd – 4th century A.D.) was the first house with mosaic floors to be discovered in Paphos. The house consists of atrium with garden pool and about forty rooms. All these rooms and halls around the atrium are paved with mosaic floors. The oldest mosaic floor (dated to the early Hellenistic period) in Cyprus is the pebble mosaic near atrium representing monster Scylla. All the mosaics here are from late 2nd century or early 3rd century. It’s open Monday to Sunday from 8:30am – 5pm.

Mosaic from 2nd-4th century in House of Dionysus  in Paphos, Cyprus
Mosaic from 2nd-4th century in House of Dionysus in Paphos, Cyprus

After the sunset, we came down to Paphos harbor for little stroll and some ice-cream time from “Coldstone”. It was absolutely fantastic walking by the promenade at night.

Paphos Harbor at night
Paphos Harbor at night

One of the most beautiful sites of Paphos or in whole Cyprus is Petra Tou Romiou or Aphrodite’s Rock which we visited on our last day in Cyprus. According to Greek legends, this is where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is said to have risen from the waves that crash on its shores. It’s a massive chunk of stone that marks the spot. Her birthplace is a place of pilgrimage for the entire Hellenic world and is a beautiful pebble beach.

Looking over Petra Tou Romiou from a panoramic point, in Cyprus
Looking over Petra Tou Romiou from a panoramic point, in Cyprus

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