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We sailed west to Ayia Napa and Cape Greco

Sunset at St.Rafael Marina

It was our last day in St.Rafael Marina. It was beautiful and warm weather and we relaxed in the boat. We did a short walk to the beach to see the sunset in the afternoon.

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A cat wanted to walk together with us.

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Beautiful sunset. The blocks are in Limassol. It is a promenade all the way into Limassol, 14 km, and it is also easy to take the bus to town.

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The marina office is at the first floor in this building. Restaurant in the ground floor. Athina at the marina office will help you with everything. It is easy to check in and the neighbours in the marina is very nice.

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On the other side of the marina you will find toilets and shower. Need a renovation, so we didn`t used it.

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It is Wednesday 1th of March and we were excited to meet friends from Norway! We visited the cathedral and walked through old town.

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Oddvar, Anne Berit and me. Anne Berit was my boss when I worked in the travel agency in Førde 20 years ago. I haven`t seen them for a while so it was really nice to see them again. They were travelling on a cruise from Dubai to Athen and had the day here in Limassol.

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When we came back to the boat we moved out from the marina, and anchored right outside.

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We decided to sail further east on the island but first we wanted to visit the ancient city Amathus, close to the marina. On the way we met this beautiful cat.

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It was 1,5 km to walk on along the sea. You have to walk past the ancient city before crossing under the main road and then walk a little bit back again. It is sign everywhere, easy to find.

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Nice view towards Limassol.

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Amathus was an ancient city and one of the ancient royal cities of Cyprus until about 300 BC

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If you are interesting in more of this history you can check out Cyprusisland.net

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In this area you can walk in all year around, for free.

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From the top of the hill you can see towards the inland.

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Not much information on this site, but I guess this has been a cathedral once. With a stunning view!

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You can see St.Rafael Marina in the middle of this photo.

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This place, further down along the main road, is closed and you have to pay to go inside. We didn`t wanna do that because we didn`t had that much time.

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Along the promenade on the way back.

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The harbour of the ancient city was here and if you are diving you can see the remains.

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I put this photo of Astor on different groups on facebook and of course on my profile, both facebook and instagram, and I got more than 1000 likes.

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From there we sailed over to Larnaca. We stayed in Larnaca for two nights but it was hard to get ashore with the dinghy so now photos from there. We wanted to stay in the marina, but then we had to book a berth 3 days in advance. And the marina is one of the most expensive one in Cyprus.

Konnos Bay

After Larnaka we sailed to Konnos Bay on the eastcoast of Cyprus. When it is westerly winds this is a perfect spot. As long as we stayed there (three weeks) we only had one rolly night when the wind came from east. But this is a really beautifull place and I guess it is a lot of boats (most locals) here in the summer.

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There is bouys you can tie to, so we put the anchor in the front and then tied up to a bouy in the back, that was perfect.

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And a perfect thing about staying here – there is trails along the coast, both south and north. It was so beautiful to walk around with all this flowers.

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The first evening we walked north just to have a look, and check out my foot. I sprained my foot in Larnaca when we were ashore to do shopping. No good… This was two days later and my foot was okay.

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It was so nice to walk here. New apartments are ready for the season (but we couldn`t see if it was open now)

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Beautiful flowers!

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First we came to Anthea`s Cave

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And after that cave we came to Cyclops cave. This only 10 minutes walk from the boat.

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I don`t look happy… 🙂

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It was full moon that evening

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We didn`t have to put the anchorlight on that night!

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Cape Greco

The next day we wanted to take an aroundtrip on Cape Greco. I found this on alltrails.com

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Konnos Bay. In the summer the beach use to be full of people and there is a lot of watersports. There is one restaurant and that was also open now.

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It`s easy to find the trail, most of the time…

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And there is benches if you need a rest.

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In front of the church Ayioi Anargiroi there is a beautiful cave, Zangooly Cave. We were lucky this morning because no one else was there.

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It was stairs down to the cave.

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I wanted to come back here when it was wind from the east and maybe at sunrise. That would be magic!

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A video from the cave:

The Church

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“Love Bridge”. It is not allowed to walk there.

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Blue lagoon

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Then we walked over to the western side of Cape Greco.

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And up in the hill

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It is yellow flowers everywhere!

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It can be a bit tricky to find the path up the hill, so you have to follow your gps, and look for signs.

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The view towards Ayia Napa

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The Sea Caves

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On the way back to Konnos Bay. It is gravel roads in crisscross so you can choose where to go.

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From the busstop in Konnos Bay you can take the stairs down to the beach instead of follow the road, the road is much longer.

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That was the beginning of our stay in Konnos Bay. I will really recommend you to anchor here if it is wind from every direction except east/southeast. Stunning place!


  • Phil Griffin

    Hi Astor and Laila,

    Wow you have travelled a long way since we first met in Erikousa! We visited Cyprus about 3 years ago and stayed at Cape Greco. Some amazing caves and snorkling sites!

    We have now sold our house in Paxos and we are purchasing a smallholding (like a small farm) in Anglesey. We will have ducks, bees, a river with trout and otters and about two hectares of land. If you are ever in Wales then you are welcome to visit.


    • laila.schonhardt

      Hi Phil!

      Strange… Astor asked me yesterday if I had heard from you lately… and there was an email from you! We used 2 days from Cyprus to Rhodes and most of the time we didn`t had any signals. After a rolly night here in Rhodes we are now sailing to Symi. It is already 5 months since we left Rhodes for Türkiye and then Cyprus!
      Anglesey?? I didn`t saw that coming!! We were close by in 2019 when we visited friends in Tanygrisiau. We drove around up to Llandudno and back again along the canal to between the mainland and Anglesey. If we are sailing back to Norway we will definitely have a stop in Wales! It would be so nice to see you again!
      Laila and Astor

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