Posts Tagged ‘Pernera’

Blue Spice

May 28, 2019

Blue Spice is acknowledged as one of the premier restaurants in Cyprus, dining in our restaurant is a gastronomic experience. – Blue Spice

Pernera is one of those places best avoided, all-inclusive hotels, which in turn attracts bottom end of tourist market. As with Protaras, bars and restaurants competing with all-inclusive, competing with each other in a race to the bottom.

But as I was passing through Pernera, decided to eat at Blue Spice, or at least a friend decided for me when she dropped me off saying it had good reviews

A big mistake.

A strange set up, a very large restaurant surrounding a swimming pool. Also as I discovered later, an art gallery. It also appeared to be part of a larger complex including accommodation.

Souvlaki, or as they insisted on calling it it kebab, was not good. Far worse than No 1 or Vangelis in Protaras and that was not good either.

Very poor quality compared with Plaka in Athens.

As I was thinking of leaving, musicians started to arrive.

It could only get worse I thought, live music.

I could not have been more wrong. Far better than the so-called entertainment in the bars and hotels in Protaras

A guy on electric violin, a guy on keyboards and a female vocalist.

They did not play, they improvised, at one point the violinist was looping.

I asked and learnt they play every Tuesday night.

No way would I recommend Blue Spice to eat, but worth turning up around 2130 for a drink and settling down for the music.

They played a solid two hour set if not longer until around midnight.

A premier restaurant it is not, a gastronomic experience it is not, not unless count gastronomic disaster as an experience, but worth a visit for the trio who play Tuesday night.

Two places worth trying. Demetrion fish restaurant at Liopetri River and Kamasias in Paralimni.

End of season at Sirena Bay

September 29, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

At Sirena Bay this afternoon to find closed, end of season, no one around.

Tables upturned, chairs packed away.

Afternoon at Sirena Bay

September 24, 2015
a beer at Sirena Bay

a beer at Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay, a quiet secluded bay, is always worth a visit.

Sirena Bay is one of those places where one can easily spend an afternoon.

I arrived around four, had intended to leave around six, was there until nearly seven.

Sirena Bay

June 11, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay, a beautiful unspoilt bay near Pernera, a bus ride away from Protaras.

Afternoon at Sirena Bay

May 29, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Yesterday was to have been my last visit to Sirena Bay, but, I had agreed to meet a friend, and it was difficult to imagine anywhere nicer to meet than Sirena Bay.

It was threatened a massive thunderstorm. We caught the edge as it passed by, gale force wind but no rain.

Sirena Bay is one of those places where one can easily spend an afternoon.

Afternoon at Sirena Bay

May 28, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Alight at bus stop for Crystal Springs Beach Hotel on Paralimni-Pernera road.

Walk down road alongside villas to coast. One way to Crystal Springs beach, the other to Sirena Bay.

The Crystal Springs beach has been re-engineered. You cannot re-engineer beaches. You may think you can, but you cannot. Beaches are a complex interaction of coastal erosion, wind, tides and currents. Re-engineering a beach in one location, has unforeseen consequences elsewhere on a coast.

The spoil from the re-engineered beach has been dumped at the side of the Pernera-Paralimni road, where it is an eyesore and environmental hazard, with dust blowing everywhere in the wind.

Sirena Bay is one of those places where one can easily spend an afternoon.

Re-engineering the beach at Crystal Springs

May 28, 2015
re-engineered beach at Crystal Springs

re-engineered beach at Crystal Springs

The beach at Crystal Springs has been re-engineered.

You cannot re-engineer beaches.

You may think you can, but you cannot.

Beaches are a complex interaction of coastal erosion, wind, tides and currents.

Re-engineering a beach in one location, has unforeseen consequences elsewhere on a coast.

The spoil from the re-engineered beach has been dumped at the side of the Pernera-Paralimni road, where it is an eyesore and environmental hazard, with dust blowing everywhere in the wind.

Eyesore and environmental hazard

May 28, 2015
eyesore and environmental hazard

eyesore and environmental hazard

On the road leading out of Pernera to Paralimni, alongside the road and adjacent to Crystal Springs Beach Hotel, a huge pile of dirt and rocks.

When the wind blows, dust everywhere, it blows into the shop and grill opposite. Anyone walking along the road gets dust in their eyes in their mouth.

The ugly pile has been there for months.

Why no action to remove, why no action against whoever dumped at the side of the road?

The source of this eyesore is re-engineering the beach at Crystal Springs.

Sirena Bay

October 2, 2014
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Yesterday the peace and quiet of Sirena Bay was disturbed by music.

This afternoon, quiet.

Protaras-Pernera Coast Path

October 2, 2014
Protaras-Pernera Coast Path

Protaras-Pernera Coast Path

A coast path runs Protaras to Pernera.