The Municipal Market - Fruit Market in Paphos

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Aphrodite Beach Hotel Latchi
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Municipal Fruit Market is found on a height in upper Paphos and bus # 611 (municipal market-waterpark) takes me and several others out there. Actually I don't want to buy anything but it is refreshing to be in a fruit market on a hot day and I long the fresh fruit aroma thinking that this will revive me after all the walking this morning. I love fruit markets and I truly find them interesting with the displayed fruit and the colors all over.

The square we are dropped off has a panoramic view of the city of Paphos. A few meters before the bus stop I notice some beautiful and impressive buildings. I love their architectural style and the moment I step off I try to focus on them with the camera. There is a panoramic elevator as it is called, going down to the parking lot very close the bus stop.

Opposite the street there are all sorts of small private café and family restaurants and there are people having snacks or coffee there. It is time for a cup of coffee for me too but these cafes here don’t represent me.  I long to find the authentic traditional one before I return to the hotel.

I cross the street and get to the fruit market which I find disappointing. Not a variety of fruit or veggy, only a handful of farmers selling their own products. Minutes later I step out and I come to an arcade with many touristy things hanging outside. Surely not a place for me and I walk out in less than two or three minutes. If somebody watched me he would surely think that I am being chased! To my surprise just opposite the exit I spot the cafe which is exactly what I expected to find.

Simplicity of style,  - the authentic Cypriot café.

I spent almost an hour here talking with some locals and the owner Mr. Agelis, who refused to let me pay for my coffee and the two bottles of cold water I had. Before leaving he offered me and the young student selling books, a home-made lemon juice.

And it is here that I want to mention the great hospitality of the authentic Cypriot. I came across two such people here today.

On my way back to Polis at first I thought to remain in the city and get to the pedestrian precinct for some photos in case I spotted something interesting. The bus for Latchi was to come in 15 minutes so I walk fast to see if I can find a reason to remain and if not to continue along with the others.

Another touristy and disappointing for me spot with expensive restaurants and fish tavernas. I spotted a very old little church these few minutes I was out there, but nothing interesting. I decide to run all the way back to catch the bus and I notice that I have just 4 minutes left before the bus sets off! I start running and I reach the bus two seconds before departure.  I am indeed happy and lucky because otherwise I would have lost much precious time and what I actually want the moment I get back is to get to the beach.

I spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach till very late. I have some yoghurt and honey as an afternoon treat and much later on in the evening I enjoyed dinner out at the beautiful restaurant porch watching the colors of the sky changing and the beautiful sunset in the peace and tranquility of the beautiful summer evening in Latchi.
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venoth on

The market is extremely clean I should say Popi. Yoghurt and honey, sounds like a lovely combination.

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