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Feature: Paphos Old Town 2016

rustic old townPaphos Old Town is fast becoming a cool place to hang out, where traditional old buildings in secluded back streets are proving popular with their contemporary twist on food and culture – breathing much needed life back into the tourist town. Here are our top spots and highlights:

Ananas8bit Coffee: 26 600 126
Pambos serves the best freshly roasted artisan coffee in Paphos. Quirky-arty interior/alternative background music (often blues and jazz)/go to read a book/ regular events including live music & art house movies.
Highlights: the coffee, homemade syrup, ambience, Pambos himself.           Googlemap Link

Ananas8bitcoffee

Ananas8bitcoffee

Timothy’s Art and Bar: 99 424 417
We almost didn’t publish this as it is the best kept secret in Paphos. Underground/unpretentious bar set in a crumbling old house down a back alley/regular alternative live music/ no airs and graces.                                                                                                                   Highlights: flaming tequilas, music, roof terrace, attitude.                               Googlemap Link

Temple Bar Café: 96 727 314
Bar and grill, but all about the bar for us. Think Indian man meets rock music. Old house split into various areas/music memorabilia on display/ live music every weekend/laid-back/ go late.                     Highlights: garden seating area, layout, floors, music, attitude.                   Googlemap Link

Muse Café Kitchen Bar: 26 941 951
Very well known in Paphos as one of the hottest spots for a cocktail – fab range of drinks and a tasty menu to boot. Modern layout/stunning views over Paphos town/chill out music/cool contemporary lighting.                                                     Highlights: chicken kebab, espresso martini & smooth waiters.                 Googlemap Link

Muse

Muse

Plato Sushi and more: 26 951 800
THE best sushi in town, and a really cool wine bar at the same time. Brilliant sushi menu, and great lunch and dinner menu. Fantastic atmosphere, bustling location, town- feel, warm lighting, great seating.                                                                                                                  Highlights: tempura tiger prawn sushi, wine platters & atmosphere.       Googlemap Link

Plato Sushi & More

Plato Sushi & More

Koutourou Ouzeri: 26 952 953
Amazing home cooking served in a traditional house. Menu changes every couple of days, ensuring fresh dishes, tapas style. Mouth- watering food/ wonderful décor (eclectic display of antiques). Highlights: décor, friendliness, ALL the food, the ‘submarine’ desert.             Googlemap Link (25 Martiou Street)

Koutourou

Koutourou

WINES IN CYPRUS – PAPHOS BY GERRY AT PAPHOS WINE TOURS, 2015

Cyprus is rich with beautiful vineyards and offers an array of wineries to visit. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has compiled six wine routes throughout the island. This year, Gerry from Paphos Wine Tours has described the highlights of the Paphos wine region and its grape varieties. Enjoy!

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Here you are in Cyprus, one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world with a history dating back as far as 3500BC. Its ancient capital, Paphos, is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, but the town has an even tastier claim to fame, especially for wine lovers.  We start our tour on Paphos Harbour at the mosaics in the House of Dionysus, a UNESCO designated world heritage site, which celebrates this God of Wine and Protector of Vineyards, for one reason: Paphos alone sustains a staggering 43% of the island’s grapevines.

From there we go North to the village of Mesogi, where the Fikardos family have their winery which was founded in 1990 by Mr Theodoros Fikardos, renowned as one of the founding fathers of modern Cypriot wine production. The family produce wines from various grape varieties, a little information on which we’re happy to share with you:

The most important indigenous grape variety in Cyprus is Xynisteri (zini steri). Wines from this grape are recognisable for their distinctive green apple & peach aroma.

wine - xinistry grapessmallThe majority of Paphos vineyards are located at between 450 and 1200 metres where the soil is mostly limestone formations and gypsum-clay beds. The region enjoys unique weather conditions which, when combined with this soil, make it the perfect place to cultivate the Xynisteri variety – 50% of the island’s production grows in the Paphos region.

Two rarer varieties also grow at higher levels in the region, Maratheftiko and Spourtiko. The former produces a deep red, full bodied wine whose most common aromas are cherry, dark plums & wild flowers. These qualities appeal to many winemakers.  Wines from the latter are delicate, very light with an alcohol content that never exceeds 11%. Their common aromas are grapefruit, lemon zest, and white flowers. Only the Fikardos Winery and the Vouni Panayia Winery currently produce wine from this variety.  Top tipple: Spourtiko.

We then move on to the monastery of Chrysorogiatissa where the monks produce three basic wines. The monastery was founded in 1152 but the present building dates from the late 18th century.

Continuing North we turn right towards the village of Polemi to one of the largest wineries in Cyprus, Sodap Kamanterena. This co-operative, which has a large visitor centre, produces around three million bottles per year with about 100 local growers supplying their grapes. You can view the production process from the visitor centre, and enjoy the numerous wines and spirits on offer for tasting including the famous Commandaria wine. This is the oldest commercial wine in the world produced initially by the knights of St John. Top tipple: Commandaria.

Next stop is Panayia village (via the Kannaviou Dam which merits a visit for its scenery alone) to visit the Vouni Panayia winery, run by the Kyriakydes family. The wines produced here are mainly from indigenous grape varieties. In addition to the aforementioned varieties they have also reintroduced Promara (an elegant white) and Yannoudi (an oak aged red) There is an impressive new building with an abundant cellar & an educational facility. Top tipple: Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko.

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

 

The penultimate winery on this tour is the Kolios Winery which lies close to Statos village. On 24 hour’s notice they will serve you a meze meal in their restaurant which is attached to a tasting area with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Top tipple: Cornetto Rose.

Heading downhill past Statos Village we approach  Amargeti Village (which has a lovely cobbled street, church & museum) where we visit the Kalamos Winery, with palatable wines that are great value for money. Top tipple: the local oak-barrel aged spirit, Zivania.

We hope you enjoy your tour around the Paphos area and enjoy the great wine and scenery on offer – get your taste buds and your cameras at the ready.

Yia mas (to your health)                                                                                                     Gerry, Paphos Wine Tours.

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Call Gerry – 99 158 312

Aphrodite Trail

Length: Approx 6km
Time: Approx 3 hours
From the bottom of the resort, turn left and follow the trail towards Aphrodite’s Rock. The undulating path takes in breathtaking views of the sea and offers a cooling onshore breeze most days. Cool off with a swim around Aphrodite’s Rock at the end or have a well earned drink in the cafe opposite Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Birthplace).

Walking - Aphrodite Trail

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Paphos Beaches

Zias Beach Club ★★★★
Aphrodite Hills has its own private beach located near Avdimou. It offers a sandy, child-friendly beach, beach facilities (sunbeds, umbrellas, towels), a bar and two restaurants. It is a quiet and tranquil hideaway perfect to wind away those lazy summer days by the sea.

Pissouri Bay ★★★★★
The closest lifeguard manned beach to resort. The beach itself is a sand pebble mix but the waters are crystal clear and this lively bay has cafes, restaurants and watersports aplenty. If you are lucky enough you may see some turtles in late Sept.

Coralia Beach ★★★★★
Little known by tourists, yet only a 5 minute drive past the busy Coral Bay Beach in Paphos. White sands, calm sea and views of the Coral Bay Hotel pier make this the perfect beach to unwind on. Set in a small bay, there are plenty of good snorkelling spots and a couple of nice eateries close by if you fancy a bite to eat.

Polis ★★★★
There are some stunning beaches situated along the Chrysochou Bay from Polis to Pachyamos. Fishing, boat trips and sailing are the best in the area from here. Great for snorkelling.

Akamas Peninsula ★★★★
The Akamas National park is well worth checking out if you are into discovering secluded beaches and bays. Lara Beach is a turtle sanctuary and the coast is unspoilt and great for picnics. A natural and undisturbed world that is best accessed with a 4 x 4.

Aphrodite’s Rock ★★★★★
A good stop off point for a quick dip and an opportunity to test the fable that says if you swim around the rock anti-clockwise at midnight in your birthday suit, you will achieve eternal youth. By day the sights are less concerning and the waters are clear with a sense of history as this is where Aphrodite is supposed to have risen from the waves, naked, of course.