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1. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Considering it. What can you tell me?

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I lived in Cyprus as a kid, and visited twice in the 90s. It used to be a beautiful island, with great restaurants and beaches. Ayia Napa is trying to be the hip-hop/garage equivalent of Ibiza. If that's your thing it's a good place to go. The Turkish owned part (northern cyprus is very nice and more tourist-free than the greek owned southern part. Paphos down in the South west is a nice town, there are some nice ampitheatres dotted around the place, plus aphrodites rock (which is just a big rock with a story attached to it, doesn't look too spectacular.) Some of the villages up in the troodos mountains are really nice and picturesque (Kakopetria is one that springs to mind) and within easy reach of Paphos. Kyrenia in the north is nice as well. Basically, if you want partying go to Ayia Napa, otherwise get to the Paphos area or go to the north. There are nice beaches all over the island, so whereever you end up you will be near one. I think there are also short boat trips available across to Egypt (3 day tours were available last time i visited) that depart from Limassol. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

I've read that you can't cross the UN green line dividing the turkish north from the greek south? Is it true that if you want to visit you have to choose either the north or the south? I may be visiting Nicosia next summer. It looks like it is right on the border so is it considered northern or southern?

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Some of Nicosia is in the north, and some in the south!!! It is the island's capital and the commercial centre for the south, so there's a fair bit going on in the southern part of Nicosia. Don't know what goes on in the northern part of the city though. Doesn't surprise me you still can't cross the green line. When i lived there we managed to get a pass to cross, but it was a perk as my dad worked for the UN.

5. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

anybody else? i'm thinking of trying to pick up some graduate credits next summer by attending a symposium in cyprus. i would be stopping there after spending a year in thailand. my dilemma is that i need to buy my plane ticket before i know if i have been accepted into the cyprus program. should i risk it and buy a ticket with a stop in cyprus and just hope i get into the program? is cyprus a nice and interesting enough destination that i won't feel as though i have wasted my one stop if i don't end up doing the program and just spend a month there seeing the island?

i realize this is my call but i'd like to know what others think.

thanks guys
-billie

6. Posted by trvlmonger (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

I was in Cyprus for about a month and a half in 2000. I am an American citizen and was able to cross from the Greek Nicosa to the Turkish half of the city without a problem. You simply have to go through the passport check, sign your name to some thing saying you recognized the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus and you're good to go. There is a great bazaar in Turkish Lefkosia, easy enough to walk to from Greek Nicosia, and the Old City of Nicosia is neat too. The difference between the two halves of the city is amazing---there is such a cultural/economic difference. Nicosia touts itself as being the last "divided" city in the world (divided by physical boundaries, i.e. a wall), and I went to some museum near the wall that told me that. I also attended some conflict resolution sessions in the UN buffer zone between the two halves of the city, which is great area to just walk through---very serene and strange. One great restaraunt in the city is the Syrian Friendship Club.

If you can venture to the Turkish side, I would highly reccommend it, especially near the coast which is beautiful. Avoid Aiya Napa unless you like cheap gold sandals and kareoke bars. Inner Greek Cyprus is beautiful too as well as parts of the coastal region.

7. Posted by elise.s (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Im going to Cyprus this September... and as far as i have been told its exspensive....someone please tell me im wrong!!! So i geuss my question is if anyone knows of nice accomidations as in a hotel or even beach side resort...which is worth the extra $$$$ "moula".lool

thanks!
elise

8. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Madolene:
I would love to hear more about your experience. I've sent you a pm.
Billie

9. Posted by trvlmonger (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Quoting elise.s

Im going to Cyprus this September... and as far as i have been told its exspensive....someone please tell me im wrong!!! So i geuss my question is if anyone knows of nice accomidations as in a hotel or even beach side resort...which is worth the extra $$$$ "moula".lool

thanks!
elise

I found Cyprus to be fairly expensive, at least Greek Cyprus. In Northern Cyprus I was a millionaire. The coastal regions of Greek Cyprus, as I recall, have a number of rental apartment type places that weren't too horribly priced--I just asked at the Larnaca airport for some ideas and they hooked me up with a cheap place that was only a short walk to the beach. In Nicosia I lived in the Cleopatra Hotel for over a month. It was nice, but it may be kind of expensive (it was paid for by my study abroad tuition/room and board). I did not stay overnight anywhere in Northern Cyprus, but I am sure they have plenty of cheap accomodations as the economy there was pretty bad when I visited.

Billie, I have just responded to you. Thanks for your message.