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Christmas family vacation-Cyprus or Dubrovnik?

Christmas family vacation-Cyprus or Dubrovnik?

Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:12 PM
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Larnaca is not very inviting, i agree...
There are nice hotels outside of the city, the city it self has a nice beach promenade, but there's really not much to do there.
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Jul 3rd, 2012, 12:27 AM
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I agree with the others, that basing yourself in Limassol or Paphos or somewhere in between is best. As clausar says, Larnaca is a nice city with a nice promenade and marina with bars/restaurants and a few old buildings which are interesting. It has a very old church Ayios Lazaros which is very beautiful and the Hala Sultan Tekke just outside Larnaca airport, by the salt lake (which might have flamingoes in winter, if any are still around). Apart from that I can't think of what else to see there. There is indeed a petrol refinery on the way out of Larnaca towards the resorts of Ayia Napa but the resorts of Ayia Napa/Protaras are a long way from Larnaca.
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Jul 3rd, 2012, 08:02 AM
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I quess our family is looking for being in an area with nice beaches;things to see and do(active daytrips during the day);good restaurants that aren't far away but not necessary a typical resort atmosphere.
When in the Canary Islands last year, our family was happy that they weren't in the middle of the all the massive resorts as there were way too many people and organized activities which we don't do.
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Jul 3rd, 2012, 09:24 AM
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The blue coral beach villas are in a nice area, it's not far from Paphos itself nor going north to Polis, the tourist area outside Limassol where the Meridien is located and other hotels eg the Amathus is a good area with good beach, you have a car so you'll be fine. Although Cyprus is well discovered by tourism it doesn't have massive resorts.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Before I book anything do you think that these villas will be too isolated for December/Christmas even though we will have a rental car? I like the idea of renting an apartment or a villa instead of a hotel as everyone in our family is on a different time it seems on vacation-example,hubs gets up at around 3-4am and likes to read and make a cup of tea before he goes back to bed again?
I understand that Kato Paphos (the older town) is probably a great location but am wondering if it is in an area of resorts and LOTS of tourists/traffic,etc.?
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Jul 9th, 2012, 04:41 AM
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Well, each to their own - they would be too isolated for me but I love eating out and like to have a glass of wine with dinner so want to be within walking distance of a town.

Kato Paphos is where I stay - in December / January the tourists there tend to be older British couples, many of whom have houses there. The real "resort" feel is reserved to the likes of Ayia Napa on the other side of the island so I don't think you would go wrong with Paphos.

The plus on going for somewhere more "remote" is that you get a lot more house for your money.
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Jul 9th, 2012, 10:10 AM
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LittleJane-where would you stay in Kato Paphos?

We Love the ocean (my daughter is an oceanographer)so thought that being right on the beach with beautiful sunrises and sunsets would be wonderful. We had planned on doing daytrips all over the western side of the island from here and also going into Coral Bay and Paphos every night for dinner as I thought that it was less than 5 miles?
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Jul 9th, 2012, 11:00 AM
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It's not far from the Blue Coral villas to Kato Paphos. It's about 20-25mins? The drive from Paphos to Kissonerga/Coral Bay and beyond is not isolated, there are many villages along the way, Tala (which has more British than Cypriot), Emba. Peyia is also not far away & has couple of restaurants, grocery stores, bank and bakery with pastries to die for. The road is good. It's not far to the Sea Caves (there are burial places carved out of the cliffs), Lara Beach, Akamas and then north to Polis. You have a car so should be fine. But I can see the attraction of Kato Paphos, by the seafront, on Poseidon Avenue, where the Almyra and Annabelle hotels are. You can walk to the castle and pass restaurants along the seafront and just behind are the mosaics. It's convenient, walking distance to alot of things, it is very nice along there.
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Jul 10th, 2012, 04:26 AM
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Hi Dutyfree - we stay in Queens Gardens, on Tomb of the Kings Road - it's central (but quiet) and close to the mosaics and there is a nice walk along the new coastal path into the old town from there. The complex doesn't have any sea views though, so it sounds like you want somewhere with more of a wow factor.

Years ago we stayed in the Almyra, in a bungalow which had a glass wall looking straight out to sea. It was lovely, but that's a long time ago.
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Jul 10th, 2012, 08:36 PM
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I booked at the Almyra but ended up cancelling the reservation after reading the reviews about screaming kids;price of wine and charging you to store stuff in the minifridge. I had a bad nightmare of our family vacation to Egypt three years ago and the Steinberger Hotel in Luxor complete with the dancing Easter bunny for the $100 a person Christmas buffet.Perhaps we really our villa people drinking wine and playing Bananagrams at night together?
Anyone have a favorite car rental agency for automatics in Cyprus? Thanks-
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Jul 13th, 2012, 12:03 AM
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Gosh that sounds awful... our bungalow was very much away from the main hotel building, so we missed all that. I wouldn't take the risk if the reviews are bad though...

sorry on the car rental, we just use any agency on tombs of the kings road (there are a few) but we don't drive an automatic, so can't help
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Jul 13th, 2012, 04:01 AM
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The Almyra is a very nice hotel, there will always be someone not happy. The majority of reviews are very good.

Any car rental company is fine, Hertz, Avis etc. Even Auto Europe. The main thing is to check the car very carefully before driving off, almost every car we have rented in Cyprus has had an issue which wastes alot of time apart from being frustrating. We have had a flat tyre on a car we picked up from LCA but didnt notice as it was dark, wind screen wipers that would not turn off.

For accommodation it might be worth checking holidaylettings.co.uk and searching in Kato Paphos (not just Paphos as this is the whole district as well as the town). But if upscale is what is required, look at the Anassa which is expensive but in a lovely location & close to Akamas. There are lovely villas around that area too.
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