How Much I Spent Traveling in Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

how much I spent traveling in Cyprus

Cyprus was a beautiful island and an intriguing country. It was never high on my list of must-see places, but I’m glad I went because I really enjoyed my time there. Also, after visiting the 7 smallest countries in Europe, I liked being able to check off the 8th smallest. Here’s how much I spent traveling in Cyprus and Northern Cyprus for 8 nights.

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Paphos, Cyprus in Photos

Paphos, Cyprus - archeological park photos

The last stop on my Cyprus trip was Paphos, another pretty beach town along the southern coast of the island. It was probably the most touristy city I visited, but I still really liked it. The crowds weren’t so bad, but I imagine in the high season there are many more people there. I only had one night, but I packed in as much as I could.

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Scenes from Limassol, Cyprus

how much I spent traveling in Cyprus

After my short time in Nicosia, I was back on the southern coast, this time in Limassol. Limassol is a much bigger city than Larnaca, so I immediately liked it better. I didn’t get to explore too much, but I did see the castle. My main objective for my time there was to visit the Kourion ruins, a little ways out of town.

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Visiting Nicosia, Cyprus

visiting Nicosia, Cyprus

After the minibus driver from Kyrenia dropped me off and pointed me towards the checkpoint between northern and southern Cyprus, I started wandering and looking around the northern half of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. I probably would’ve spent a little more time on that side if it hadn’t been so hot and I hadn’t been walking around with my backpack. Most of what I saw were cheap souvenir shops positioned to lure in tourists who just came over for a couple of hours to see the other side. I spent my remaining Turkish lira on water and chocolate before exiting the north.

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How to Travel to Northern Cyprus

how to travel to Northern Cyprus

Traveling to Northern Cyprus is a bit complicated and yet simple at the same time. This region considers itself a separate country, but the Republic of Cyprus (essentially the south) does not consider Northern Cyprus to be a separate country. Things can get confusing pretty quickly. A little background:

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Visiting Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus

visiting Kyrenia in Northern Cyrpus

My original plan was to take the bus from Larnaca to Nicosia, have lunch, and then walk across the border checkpoint to find a bus to get to Kyrenia on the northern coast. But since the bus schedule was altered due to a holiday, I ended up getting a ride (along with another couple) from a guy with a car service. It was more expensive but at least I didn’t have to worry about figuring out where to get the bus on the north side of Nicosia.

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Larnaca: My Interesting Introduction to Cyprus

visiting Larnaca, Cyprus

As I stood examining the bus schedule, a woman came over to see if I needed help. After telling me the correct bus, conversation quickly turned to small talk, and then somehow she was ranting about Muslims and foreigners in general. She went on like this for the next 15 minutes until the bus arrived and continued until we both exited the bus at the same stop. No matter what I said, in an effort to change the subject, she always brought it back to how terrible the Muslims are and how all the immigrants are taking her pension in the UK.

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