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Paralimni Cyprus

Paralimni is situated on the south east coast of Cyprus and it means 'by the lake'. The locale is definitely a mix of old and new and the lake has long since been reclaimed for agriculture, which is the most important industry of the area, apart from tourism. The white walls of the older buildings reflect the heat of the summer and the many bars and cafes offer the best way to quench a thirst.

The numerous restaurants and bars in the area, offer a variety of cuisine and a mishmash of culture and hospitality. There is a distinct Greek, Middle Eastern Flavour that is apparent in the food and the music of the location. In addition, some of the bars and cafes have internet access.

Places to Eat

Folio offers International cuisine with an excellent wine list and great service. Address:-Kapparis Ave, Paralimni. Telephone: (357 23 744 800)

Nautilus Trattoria is an Italian restaurant offering a family, friendly environment with tasty Pizza, Pasta and salads. Address:-Cavo Greko Ave, 222, Pernera, Paralimni. Telephone: (357 2381 4027)

Faliros Restaurant and Bar Divino, offer an extensive, international menu that includes vegetarian meals. They also have live music once a week. Address:-Kennedy Ave, Kapparis, Paralimni. Telephone: (357 237 444 99)

The list of restaurants and cafe's is extensive and you will be sure to find one that will please. The local people are sociable and friendly. Many of the restaurants and bars are owned by local families who depend on tourism.

Getting There

You can fly from London or one of the regional airports to Larnaca, where the International airport is situated in Cyprus. Continuing on to Paralimini is a short bus ride of approximately thirty minutes. Along the route, you will see the rich, red agricultural land and the famous windmills which are used to draw the water from underground, for irrigation of the surrounding land.

Getting Around

During your stay you could opt for a car or perhaps a scooter for ease of beach hopping. Both can be hired locally. There is also a local bus service from Paralimni to the coast where you will discover beautiful white sandy beaches, contrasted against the deep blue Mediterranean, which is clean and inviting.

Scooter Hire

Motorcycle hire is widely available in Cyprus and it is a legal requirement to wear a helmet. Whatever the mode of transport, driving is on the left which should make it easier.

What to See

The beaches along the coast are clean and safe and the shops suitably full of tourist souvenirs, but you can also find jewellery and leather shops which are a lot cheaper than home. The shops are open during the morning until siesta at 1 p.m.; they open again at 4 p.m. and remain open until late evening.

There are three churches in the nearby village of Dherinia, they are well worth a visit for the beautiful art inside and it is possible to buy replicas. This is also the best place to view the ghost city of Famagusta, now under illegal Turkish control, but once a thriving tourist resort.

The golden sand of Fig Bay is very popular in season and has a breath taking backdrop of flora and fauna. There are many water-sports available including, parasailing, speed boats, water-skiing, banana, pedal boats, private charter and more.

Nightlife

Cypriots like to dress for the evening and they will often give a display of traditional dancing. This is where you can experience the real culture of the locale. The Music is live and the evening can be a heady affair with some of the best red wine on the island at El Greco's, or so it is claimed. There are many sea food restaurants along the coast; each one has its own ambience.

Wherever you may choose to spend your evening, you are sure to find it a cultural experience. They often run a quiz or bingo in the evening, so it's possible to spend your whole evening in one place, as they wine, dine and entertain you. But, they do make sure you are involved in the fun!