Sunday, 19 April 2015

Cyprus - reflections and some more pics

I can really recommend Cyprus in early spring: there is plenty to see, much to discover and some very nice places to stay.  It was even just about warm enough to swim in the sea.  I would certainly go back.  I would very much recommend a stay at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel - great location for exploring the Akamas Peninsula, extremely friendly owner and staff, great food and comfortable modern rooms.  The hotel is used by many tour goups such as Naturetrek.  I would also recommend Hill View Apartments in Pissouri, great birding on the doorstep, great views (especially from the breakfast veranda) and very well located for exploring east of Paphos, including the Akrotiri Peninsula.  Akrotiri is very good for plants and birding but is not in anyway what you could describe as unspoilt.  Make sure you spend some time in the Akamas area if you like more unspoilt areas and good hiking.

Accommodation and especially car hire is relatively cheap, flights less so for us but you might get a better deal.  There are plenty of good online resources, with blogs covering orchids, butterflies and birding - the latter is organised by Birdlife Cyprus and is good but is only updated every day or two. 

A selection of images: 
eastern Bonelli's warbler

masked shrike
comon rock thrushes, part of flock of seven
Cyprus warbler

Cyprus wheatear, very common in most places
greater flamingoes, Akrotiri
yellow wagtail "feldegg"

scrub with small vinyards below Pissouri - very good for Cyprus warbler
naked man orchid
Akamas Peninsula
Gladiolus triphyllus - endemic
Orchis fragrans
Cretzschmar's bunting
view looking uphill to Pissouri village

Orchis troodi - endemic

long-eared hedgehog tucking into avocado
woodchat shrike

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