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Tours to Cyprus, once popular among Russians, have recently begun to lose ground in front of Asian holiday destinations. The main reason for this is – exchange rate and problems with obtaining visas to Europe. But our man continues to look for solutions in such situations.
You can have an inexpensive vacation in Cyprus, you just need to know the specific places and times when it is better to go. Consider 15 places where you can have an inexpensive vacation in Cyprus.
As it turned out, not all of these places are known to a wide range of tourists.
The so-called South Cyprus – this is the main resort area, it is – the Greek part of the island, separated in 1974 from the north, occupied by the Turks. There are several dozen resort towns and villages, but not all of these places can offer guests an affordable vacation. Nevertheless, such places in the Greek part of Cyprus still exist.
Despite its name, the resort is Paphos – one of the few popular tourist destinations in Cyprus, where even in the height of the summer season you can find hotels for & euro; 30-40 per day. The main rule is – the further the hotel is from the beach, the cheaper the rooms. The best time to relax – second half of August.
If rest in Limassol is boring – all tourists go to Erimi. This tiny village 17 km west of the bustling resort is considered the capital of Cypriot winemaking. It even has its own Wine Museum, with guided tours and tastings. Accommodation at the hotel – from & euro; 20 per day.
Despite the high status Polis as a resort – You can relax here inexpensively in the summer. Hotels offer last minute prices from & euro; 25 per night. Agree, to see the Baths of Aphrodite with such prices – doubly nice.
Now the resort village Lathi – the official part of Polis, but many, in the old fashioned way, consider it a separate toponym. It is next to it that the legendary Bath is located, but, if you find a hotel farther from the sights – you can meet & euro; 18 per day.
The village of Kiti is 10 minutes drive from Larnaca. Once a pilgrimage center for Orthodox Christians, now it is – quite a developed resort area with good restaurants and hotels from & euro; 20 per day.
One of the most interesting Cypriot villages – Kakopetria – the pearl of the Troodos mountain region. You can get here from Nicosia in 20 minutes, hotel rooms are in the area in summer & euro; 25 per day. The village is famous for its artisan market.
The majority of tourists go to the village of Nikitari for the sake of the Ashinu Church – temple of the XII century, included in the UNESCO list. Whether or not to stay in this mountainous settlement longer – you decide. Guest houses can be found for & euro; 20 per night.
There is only one hotel in the village of Pelendri, and the prices for rooms in it start from & euro; 25 per night, but almost all summer there are few vacant rooms in it. Pilgrims and fans of ancient Christian architecture come here. There are enough monuments in the settlement.
The once abandoned village Lofu – example of a Cypriot province in the middle of mountains and evergreen thickets. You can relax here even for the whole vacation, enjoying the cleanest air and grapes. The place will be interesting for our tourists also because Yuri Gagarin stayed here in the 1960s. Accommodation price – from & euro; 15 per day.
Another pilgrimage village near Nicosia. Menico has several medieval temples and only a couple of hotels with rooms from & euro; 20 per night.
The Republic of Northern Cyprus still remains an unrecognized state in the whole world, with the exception of Turkey, but tourism here over the past 10 years has become almost the main source of income.
You can come here without a visa by issuing an entry form that is enclosed in your passport.
Important: Since 2015, Russian citizens can legally enter the territory of Northern Cyprus only by land. To do this, you need to pass one of the checkpoints on foot, or drive a rented car.
A kind of capital of tourism in Northern Cyprus. It has the largest number of five-star hotels, built before the Turkish occupation, and offering rooms by & euro; 40 per day. In addition to the beaches and entertainment area, it is worth appreciating the historical sights – the local fortress and Bellapais Abbey, located in the outskirts of the resort.
The practically rebuilt resort area of Famagusta is now – the second most visited city in Turkish Cyprus. The infrastructure of the beaches is very well developed and offers attractive prices for accommodation from & euro; 30 per day. You can walk to the Citadel of Castello – scene of Shakespeare's tragedy Othello, or – try to get into Varosha – guarded ghost town.
Alsankak – it is a suburb of Kyrenia, 20 km from the main resort of the unrecognized republic. The area is actually a chain of coastal villages where you can find many beaches and hotels with rooms from & euro; 20 per night.
Located in the northeast of Turkish Cyprus, the town of Guzelyurt is one of the oldest settlements on the island. It is far from the beaches, but if you want to see the Museum of Icons and ancient architecture - and ndash; it's worth a stop here.
If you want to see the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus `` from the Turkish side '', then it is best to get to the village of Iskele. It is a quiet Turkish province by the sea with mini-hotels for & euro; 15-20 per day and a marina for pleasure boats.
Is Northern Cyprus dangerous for tourists?
Before going to the Turkish part of Cyprus, many tourists are wondering – how safe is it there, and how do they treat guests from Russia in the light of recent events?
The answer here, it would seem, lies on the surface. The first thing to remember when passing through the checkpoint is that the tourist area, even here, is free of politics. Simply put – no need to provoke the local population, and you will be treated with respect and hospitality. The same can be attributed to the rest of the rules of conduct – after all, Muslim traditions.
As for the Russian-speaking guests, then, according to experienced tourists, despite the aggravation of relations with Turkey – we are still welcome. If only because any tourist here – source of money. By the way, prices for absolutely everything in Turkish Cyprus are much lower than in the South.
But the stories about armed UN soldiers, flooded North Cyprus – a horror story from those who were afraid to travel further than the historic districts of Nicosia. There are soldiers, perhaps, along the Green Line dividing the island, and in a couple of border areas where British military bases are located.
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