QUOTE(mothman @ Jan 10 2010, 06:10 AM)
Firstly many thanks to 'GreekCypriot' for all the useful stuff on here - much more useful than wikitravel and LP.
My girlfriend and I are thinking of flying to Larnaca for 4 nights at Easter. (01/04/10 - 05/04/10). I have had a look around and note that Protestant/Catholic Easter is the same time as Greek Orthodox Easter this year, and that this is the main religious festival in Cyprus. Also I think Cypiot national day is in this period, and I read that shops close half day on Saturday... So I am a bit concerned that if we go at this time of year, most of the sights will be closed and we will be trapped in our hotel which would be a shame..
I don't really fancy renting a car as I am a rubbish driver - so would rely on buses / shared taxis which I hear are not that frequent at the best of times..
On a side note, what kind of weather should we expect in early April? In early November in Malta I was in shorts and T-shirt and went swimming one day, I am hoping for a similar sort of thing in Cyprus (early 20s by day??)
We would probably base ourselves in Larnaca - and ideally like to see the sights in town (as per GreekCypriots blog!), Nicosia, Limassol and perhaps Ayia Napa. Is it possible to get back from Ayia Napa using public transport? How much would a taxi cost approximately?
Any idea as to how the trip may be affected by Easter would be much appreciated. Cheers!
Sorry for the delay in answering:
Well, I know that there is both a Protestant and a Catholic Church in Larnaca.
The one is just opposite the American Academy I have in my blog, and there is a photo of it as well.
The other one is also quite near.
Yes, the week you mention, - 1st of April till 5th is the Holy Easter week for Greeks, and shops will probably be open on Thursday, but I am sure on Friday shops will be closed in the afternoon. The 4th is the Holy Easter Day and everyone is celebrating having lamp on the spit. If it is a beautiful sunny day Cypriots go out in the fields, or get down the beach.
I believe the climate will be fine. I usually start swimming the last days of April, but I believe that you better take along your swimming suits because I am sure you will be down the beach that day.
Saturday is always a half day in Cyprus, so don't count on it.
I am flying to Cyprus the end of February and I will be there for 5 days, so I will check out and let you know about sight seeings that might be closed.
I will surely have more entries with interesting photos, but feel free to ask me anything you need.
I have an entry on taxis as well, so read that carefully before you go there, and read the tips I have included.
There is a coach leaving from Larnaca -Phinikoudes Avenue, and you can visit both Protaras and Agia Napa. The trouble is that you have to be back to Larnaca by 4pm.
When I go this time, I will try to find the timetable of these buses. Of course these timetable hours change depending on the season. I will also ask and find out the cost of taxis from Larnaca to Agia Napa, but I know for sure that the cost of taking public transport is not more than 5 euros. However, I will know the exact cost by March when I will be back.
Your last sentence....how the trip might be affected because of the Easter celebrations, - well it will be affected. And it is pity! You have chosen 4 odd days! I am so sorry indeed.
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