I was looking for a coffee shop.
Do you know Pernera?
No, I know Crystal Springs.
Ok, alight from bus, and nearby.
I passed through Pernera. I alighted at next bus stop, due to ignorant Russian not getting up from his seat.
I walked back to Crystal Springs, walked down a side road that seemed to lead to the coast.
Can I walk along the coast, I asked a man at a villa?
No, he said.
I ignored him, and walked along the coast, heading back towards Pernera.
And that is how I found Sirena Bay. A tranquil spot, a taverna hidden in the trees. At least it would be had the taverna, not had awful music playing.
I asked why the music?
I am pleased to say they turned it off, or at least replaced it with something better.
The tables massive, bound by iron bands. I was curious. Discarded and recycled cable drums.
The house built in traditional style.
The mother of Elena, was on a boat trip, pre-1974, pre-illegal Turkish invasion and occupation. She spotted the bay, tracked down the owner of the potato fields, asked could she buy.
Clearly a labour of love.
I asked for a coffee, freddo espresso. Sadly only nescafe. Yuk.
Aside from producing disgusting coffee, Nestlé is an evil company to be avoided at all costs.
A must, a quality espresso machine, quality coffee beans, hand roasted from independent coffee roaster, and a skilled barrista.
Why oh why, do Cypriots meet in Costa, drink their disgusting coffee in a coffee shop lacking in ambience that screams corporate, when they could meet at Sirena Bay?
This is an ideal spot, for live music, small intimate concerts in the evening. Indeed, I could not imagine a more ideal spot for Steve Lawson, Zoe Keating, Imogen Heap. Also story telling, Steph Bradley with her Tales of Our Times tour.
I carried on my walk. Around Sirena Bay on the spring line.
One side of Sirena Bay, bamboo thickets. The local council wished to burn. It is the habitat of a rare and endangered water snake.
From Sirena Bay, ugly developments all the way to Protaras.
Pause and reflect, the quality tourism Protaras would attract, if tavernas like Sirena Bay, not the ghastly bars which attract the bottom end of the tourist market.
Tavernas like Sirena Bay, need to form strategic alliances, have leaflets for boat trips like Napa King. Napa King have leaflets for Sirena Bay, point it out as sail along the coast.
Recycle money within the local economy.
Did I find the coffee bar? Yes, it was in Pernera. But all it was was a kiosk by the beach.