Step out in Cyprus for History Lessons
Lowe, Jane, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
MERCURY reader Jane Lowe of Solihull today turns travel writer to describe a trip to Cyprus.
ROOM WITH A VIEW... looking out over the sea at Cyrsochou Bay, Cyprus
HISTORIC SITE... the amazing Tombs of the Kings
WE decided Cyprus would be just the place in spring - pleasantly warm with plenty of interesting places to visit.
We hoped to stay in Paphos, having been recommended that area by friends who had holidayed there on a number of occasions.
We arranged for our holiday direct, with flights from Birmingham, and March found us at the Ledra Beach hotel where our room had a balcony with a wonderful view of the hotel gardens and the beach.
Our friends had armed us with maps and booklets of the best places to visit, so for the first couple of days we rediscovered just what our feet and legs were for.
First we walked along the beach to the harbour at Kato in Lower Paphos - a pleasant, gentle walk with no hills. For a couple not used to exercise it was just right.
The weather was warm but increasingly windy and we were thankful to take shelter in the 13th-century fort at the head of the harbour. The fort alone has quite a history and for an entrance fee of 75 cents (about 70p) you start to get a feel for the island.
We continued our walk to visit the mosaics excavated by the University of Warsaw and in the shadow of the lighthouse on the Nea Paphos headland we discovered a partially restored amphitheatre.
Everywhere was scattered the broken stone columns of a past civilisation, the carved column heads visible through the wild cyclamen clinging to them.
We walked back to the harbour and lunched at one of the pavement restaurants. It usually pays to walk back into the town where prices are cheaper for the same quality food - but it was our first day and you have to indulge yourself, don't you? …