L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 18 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
Has anyone been to Cyprus? Not part as a package holiday but traveling on your own.
If you could share some information and recommendations and/or useful links it'd be great.You know what to see what not, recommended accommodation, car rental companies, etc.
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
I lived in Nicosia from 1991-1993 and have been back to visit several times.
There are ruins, monasteries, beaches, troodos mountains...that I know of. I think that there are several camp sites but I don't know much about them.
In Cyprus I have been to Paphos, Limassol, Agia Napa, Larnaca, Protaras, Nicosia and Kyrenia and I liked all of them. Not sure what there is to do in any of those cities other than the beach though. I have heard that the Troodos mountains are nice but have not been there.
For transportation I would recommend taking an intercity van. There is a company called Travel & Express that I have used before. They have a bunch of Volkswagen Eurovans and the like and you call them and they pick you up and they go around picking up other people and then they take you to another city and drop you off again. The fares differ by where/to you are going, obviously.
For me Cyprus is more about sucking up local colour and enjoying the sea. I wish I could be more useful in terms of providing information. If there is anything that I might be able to help with let me know. Hotels in the various cities, etc...
Oh yeah I also recommend going to the Turkish side for a day. It is really easy to get there and it is also much cheaper than the Greek side (by the way Cyprus is pretty expensive). If you do go to the Turkish side, visit Kyrenia (Girne in Turkish). It's a really picturesque town that hasn't been scarred by tourism. There's also a casino there.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
Thanks for the info guys. Based on the information and what I've read so far it seems that Cyprus' tourism infrastructure is not exactly designed for backpackers. Hostels.com lists only 5 hostels for the whole country and public transportation is very limited - especially on the weekends (is that really true?)
Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 1): If there is anything that I might be able to help with let me know. Hotels in the various cities, etc...
Yeah, any info about hostels and/or campsites (I love camping ) would be very appreciated. I'm going alone and basically bought a cheap ticket first and only then started planning so I'd like to keep my spending as low as reasonably possible.
Do you know whether that Travel & Express company has a website? It seems like an interesting way of moving around.