When we are going on holidays we have only one thing in mind – have as much fun as it is possible and make the stay buzzing with adventures.
Sometimes I feel like there is not much time left for me to discover and enjoy, so I can make our holidays quite intensive, but remarkable and full of unforgettable moments too. Obviously, like in life, not everything can be planned to the latest detail, so sometimes changes to the plans are made at the last minute.
Besides our traveling taught me to be a little less stressed about seeing all the signs and being in all the important places – so we always find the time to chill out on the beach or have a quiet evening with some nice drinks and food.
In Cyprus we had our rented car, so there was no stopping us from going anywhere we wanted.
We were staying near Paphos in a nice hotel, in the middle of nowhere with a banana plantation on our door step and beautifully shaped coast just few minutes away.
We have discovered it one evening, when we felt the need of escaping busy schedule and drunk Retsina looking at the sunset, giving ourselves our first Greek experience. At the evenings like that you just feel a perfect connection with the world around you and you know you are in the right place, at least for now.
With our rented car we have a total freedom and choice were to go.
I have read about Turtle beach in one of the travel guides I was consulting prior to our trip. The guide however forgot to mention that the way to Cape Lara was hardly a way. We have found ourselves literally in the middle of nowhere, strongly believing in our lovely car, which was not a range rover or 4×4.
On few occasions we did meet other cars and Marcin could use his marvelous driving skills to balance on the edge of the cliff letting people drive by us. The drive took us approximately an hour and was agonizing!
At one point we bumped so hard I thought our car is totally ruined but the beast was still holding on.
Later on we found out that the horn stopped working completly and the wipers were rather temperamental. Good thing we were visiting sunny part of Greece with rather small chances for rain.
We went to Cyprus in November, totally out of season, with a lot of places deserted but still quite popular.
Tourist season for Cyprus was slowly closing down but you could still spot some wanderers around touristy spots, enjoying discovering sunny island.
The Turtle Beach itself was lovely.
It was not invaded by people an you could enjoy its unspoild wildness. Just one small shop along the way, with rather not exciting lunch choice and a long, uninterrupted string of light brown sand with mountains on the horizon. We got there, left our cloths and went for a swim in a cold but clear water, enjoying the out of season emptiness. With just a few people around, resting on their towels, having picnics and enjoying the view, the beach felt like ours.
During the turtle season (August to September) the beach is closed for tourist, to give turtles the best opportunity to breed in peace.
However there is a possibility to go with a trained guide to see the miracle of life.
What I really appreciated about the beach was the way people of Cyprus are treating it – they do not try to change it into money making spot, they respect the nature and let Her thrive where She chooses too. This approach made us to fell in love with Cyprus and we will, if we are able to, come back there one day.