I wanted to go to Cyprus in September but as a family so I was looking for a lovely beach with loads of restaurants and many things to do and experience. Cyprus is very big so finding a place that has it all is time consuming, as I have very high expectations of what a beach should look like a quick search showed that Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa was by far the best on the island. After much research I decided that this was the place to go so I set about booking a holiday for four people in the second week of September, my choices were to go through a travel agent or book it myself independently.
Booking my holiday to Cyprus
I first looked at a few travel agents and was horrified at the prices I was quoted, it cost around £450 for a week’s half board stay or £700 for all inclusive. There’s no way a single person could consume around £400 worth of food in a week so I declined and set about finding my own accommodation. Lucky for me there are many self catering apartments around the vicinity of Nissi Beach, depending on how far it was you pay as little as £250 for a self catering studio for two or £450+ for a two bedroom self catering apartment for four people with a communal swimming pool. There are many new developments so I chose to book an apartment in the Elena Court complex. The flights were the most expensive costing around £300 each, we booked with Monarch. Taxi transfers can vary a lot the cheapest quote we got were through the booking agents for the apartment at €100 for return transfers from Larnaca Airport to the apartment in Ayia Napa.
When we arrived in Larnaca Airport after a 5 hour flight it was extremely hot and the airport had no air conditioning. We got our luggage within 20 minutes of getting off the plane and immigration was fast and easy. At the airport there is an information desk for tourists next to their duty free shop you can get a free map and guide of the island to help your stay, this came in very handy. As you are not allowed to get cigarettes in the UK for flights within Europe you can buy them at a reasonable price at the airport in Cyprus. When we got our luggage and left there was our driver waiting for us in arrivals, we waiting at the taxi rank while he fetched the car. The ride from the airport to the apartment was around 35-40 minutes; it was nice seeing all the little villages and places of interest on the way to Ayia Napa.
The apartment wasn’t hard to find as we were given directions by the lettings agency, the agent was there to greet us when we arrived at the apartment. We didn’t go to the beach that day but managed to go to Nissi Beach the day after we arrived. We were amazed, the beach was pristine and would give the Caribbean a run for its money, I have been and Cyprus is by far better! It was busy even in September but there were mostly families with young children and not many clubbers.
Nissi Beach was well worth the money and compared to Egypt, Turkey and the Caribbean it’s worth coming back again and again! Where we stayed it was very quiet at night as the clubs were around 20 minutes away, there were many restaurants to eat out at but beware of the fakers that put on British accents to entice you to the restaurant. The food is nice and the people are friendly, transport is cheap and there even coastal paths that you can venture down and discover other local beaches.
If you’re looking for sun, sea and fun then head to Cyprus, Ayia Napa we really did have a lovely time and were sad to leave. In all the holiday cost £2,000 for four adults including flights, accommodation, transfers in the UK and in Cyprus, food for a week and entertainment.