Posts Tagged ‘Paralimni’

citrus.

October 5, 2015
citrus.

citrus.

citrus. An upmarket boutique in centre of Protaras, opposite Vrissiana Beach Hotel, that opened in May, are now opening a second shop in Paralimni.

Sirena Bay

May 23, 2014
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

freddo espresso

freddo espresso

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.

Sirena Bay, the best kept secret in Paralimni, Pernera and Protaras. A little taverna, tables and chairs set in the trees overlooking the bay.

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.

Now terraced.

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?

If they must play music, then check out bandcamp, musicians like Steve Lawson, Imogen Heap, Zoe Keating et al.

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.

Freddo cappuccino at Epodi

May 20, 2014
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Two shots of coffee.

Froth skimmed milk.

Pour coffee shaken with a couple of ice cubes into glass filled with ice cubes.

Pour frothed milk on top.

A variation, froth coffee, then pour on ice cubes.

Not ideal glass.

Coffee LavAzza. Ok as a brand coffee, but would do better with quality hand roasted coffee.

Feddo cappuccino at Epodi, overlooking main square in Paralimni.

Church of Virgin Mary

May 20, 2014
dome of Church of Virgin Mary

dome of Church of Virgin Mary

Three churches in the central square, of which Church of the Virgin Mary is the newest, are the only features of interest in Paralimni.

Walking the streets is a very unpleasant experience. If you do not get run down by the cars, you will surely be poisoned by their exhaust fumes.

Epodi make a half decent freddo cappuccino.

Nighttime walk along Coast Path

September 27, 2012
lights from pier reflected in the sea

lights from pier reflected in the sea

Meet me at the pier, said my Russian friend Irena.

It was at her insistence that I found myself walking along the Paralimni-Protaras Coast Path in the dark.

It was surprisingly warm. It was interesting to see the coast path in a different light. In the distance, the lights from the pier reflecting off the sea.

I was reminded of walking along the seafront at Brighton and seeing the lights of Brighton Pier refected in the sea.

On arrival at the Pier, I was greeted by Captain Gregory of Napa King, on whose boat Irena and I had sailed that day.

No sign of Irena, then a shout Keith.

We walked back along the coast path as far as Fig Tree Bay, then walked the short distance to Nicolas Tavern where we had agreed to have dinner.

Coastal Path: Paralimni to Protaras

September 24, 2012
coastal path

coastal path

sea shore

sea shore

looking across Protaras

looking across Protaras

A coastal path runs along the beach and cliffs from Paralimni to Protaras.

The section Paralimni to Protaras was completed a couple of years ago, that along Protaras Beach, past Fig Tree Bay and to the headland was completed last year.

Since completion of the path it has encouraged many more people to walk.

Paralimni

May 17, 2011

Paralimni is the administrative centre for the tourist resort of Protaras in the South East of Cyprus within the Famugusta area.

The centre of Paralimni consists of three churches, the oldest the 13th century Ayia Anna, a few shops, bars and restaurants, around the corner the Town Hall and Mayor’s Office and that is about it.

Just off from the centre, an excellent net cafe.

I spent an hour wandering around Paralimni, having spent the morning with the Mayor. Lunch at a little cafe overlooking the oldest chuch I have to say was absolutely disgusting (it may explain why it was devoid of customers).

It was though a pleasure to find all three churches open. After lunch they were all closed, as were all the shops.

The bus I caught back to Protaras looked as though it had been rescued from a Third World scrap yard.

Mavis and Harry Parkins meet Mayor of Paralimni

May 17, 2011
meeting Mayor of Paralimni

meeting Mayor of Paralimni

Andreas Evangelou the Mayor of Paralimni

Andreas Evangelou the Mayor of Paralimni

This morning Mavis and Harry Parkins spent the morning with Andreas Evangelou the Mayor of Paralimni. They were given an award in recognition of having visited Protaras over 50 times. They were also given a bag of goodies from the people of Paralimni.

Centre piece of the Mayor’s office a present from the Mayor of Moscow.

Centre piece of the Town Hall on the ground floor, a stone anchor recovered from the sea.

Paralimni is the administrative centre for the tourist resort of Protaras in the South East of Cyprus within the Famugusta area.

A special thanks to Windmill Car Hire and Sunrise Beach Hotel for setting this up.