Is Paphos, Cyprus really, really bad for a family holiday ?

(60 Posts)
AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 01:27:42

Is it full of spewing teenagers and discarded condoms ?

Or ok for a family holiday with a couple of teenagers ? Be honest please, nothing is booked...

BumgrapesofWrath Mon 07-Jan-13 01:49:16

I think Paphos is lovely, great restaurants, good sites, and Cyprus is great to explore if you have a hire car.

In the evening there are quite a lot of bars with those annoying promoters outside, but I don't think it attracts the 18 to 30s like resorts like Malia etc do.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 10:18:29

thanks (and a bump)

foofooyeah Mon 07-Jan-13 10:19:54

It was lovely 20 years ago .... not really any help am I smile

But dont confuse it with Ayia Napa, but if i remember rightly beaches were not that great.

Lovescourgettes Mon 07-Jan-13 10:28:39

It is lovely but really really (really) hot at certain times of the year . The beaches are beautiful but beware of strong tides

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 10:29:51

July will be very, very hot won't it ?

loopsngeorge Mon 07-Jan-13 11:08:58

Paphos as I remember it was geared towards families and older people. Wasn't particularly struck on it myself as the beaches are scrubby but the old town is quite nice. I much prefer north west Cyprus, around the Akamas peninsula which is lovely and inland the Troodos mountains are gorgeous and well worth exploring.
In the north west we stayed up in Latchi at the Elia Latchi Village. I think the hotel has gone downhill a bit unfortunately but we had a good time there. Other than that there is one very expensive hotel, sister hotel to the Annabelle and apart from that I think it's all self catering villas.
The other resort near Paphos is Coral Bay which is also only 45 minutes drive from Latchi. That has a lovely beach although not sure how much there is for teenagers there.

givemeaclue Mon 07-Jan-13 12:41:34

Paphos itself a bit grim but some very nice hotels bizarrely

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 12:47:19

Have changed my mind after some further research.

Struggling a bit with booking 2013 summer holiday. Was getting a bit desperate and found some nice accomodation in Paphos, but going to give it a miss.

Pootles2010 Mon 07-Jan-13 12:50:08

Totally agree with Loops, paphos itself not my cup of tea at all, but some love it. We hired a car and tbh that made the holiday - lots of driving around up into the mountains, the Troodos mountains are lovely.

givemeaclue Mon 07-Jan-13 12:56:59

To be honest I found troodos mountains over rated, fine for one day out but he you want mountains better off in UK.

Any, what are you looking for specifically, does it have be be Cyprus how about Greece or Turkey?

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 13:02:37

Looking for a one bed apartment, all inclusive.

Don't fancy Turkey, as taking teenage daughter. Have had bad experiences with that.

We usually do Spain, Balearics or Canaries, pretty low brow tbh as money tight but am pretty good at finding something decent on a lowish budget. Struggling this year (and prices have rocketed..)

forevergreek Mon 07-Jan-13 13:16:15

We are looking on holiday lettings this year. Have found a great appartment in Croatia for £350 the week. It's self catering but has private pool/ jacuzzi/ private sea access/ beach, and great terrace and BBQ area. Just cheap flights on top andnorob a hire car to go exploring.

Holiday lettings has lots of places to privately rent and is a lot cheaper that way. We have used the site twice before now and it's been great. Once a 6 bed villa in Spain, the other a two bed apartment within a 5 star hotel complex in Italy including a housekeeper/ cook. You can filter searches by dates/ price/ activities etc etc.

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 13:20:39

We went there about 10 years ago, and it was fine.
We also hired a car, and it was a delight. Once you got out of Paphos we took 3 attempts to get out, there was not much traffic at all.

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 13:22:50

Yes people from around here are going to Croatia and Slovenia. They all seem to come back pleased with it. It is very clean. And the local people are eager to build up their tourism, and give a good service.

We tend to do the apartment AI as it suits my teenagers. I had one bad experience in Tenerife but we had a good cheap and cheerful and not too chavvy holiday in Playa Blanca Lanzarote last year.

I would go to Croatia or the like if we had small children or it was just the two of us, but not with teenagers.

forevergreek Mon 07-Jan-13 13:35:34

Yes we have been doing all inclusive too. But it seems you barely get anything now for a fair amount of money.vwenhave always been lucky enough to go 5 star all inclusive etc, butbthenlast couple of times the food still hasn't been great, rooms ok but smallish, too built up blah blah.. Yup we must be fussy

We have generally done one all inclusive , and one self catering a year, but main summer hols will be self catered this year to get better for our money (IMO). We don't have teens though, just two toddlers.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 13:44:07

FG, sounds lovely but we need the slightly chavvy entertainment and esp sports to keep the teenagers occupied and to keep the teenage daughter from wanting to go off clubbing with newfound mates

have seen l=some lovely private villas but my kids would be bored stiff

AI comes into it's own when you have teenage boys who eat constantly. I wouldn't bother otherwise.
Last year we had one week AI in Canaries in April and one s/c in Balearics in August. The total cost was £1k more for the self catering. Mind you by S/C I mean eating out at restaurants not actual self catering.
Plus the teenagers tend to find socialising easier in a big AI complex. They can safely wander about and hang out with others their own age. On the S/C complex everyone went out in the evenings. I preferred it because we got more of their company wink.

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 07-Jan-13 13:51:11

I have been there for the last 15 years.

I am a snob of the highest order, but I love it there.

Fab weather, lovely Cypriot people, food so-so but did I mention the weather?

We stay in Coral Bay. Paphos is fine, you can avoid the rowdier bits easily, head for Bar Street if you really need to get down with the kids.

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 07-Jan-13 13:54:38

I have just come back from Egypt with a 17year old dd - it was fine, she didn't get hassled tbh, and felt perfectly safe (mind you, we were in a big hotel and didn't actually venture out except to go to Luxor or snorkelling).

It was pretty cheap for a 5 star AI - I have looked for July and it is a lot cheaper in comparison with Spain etc (probably because it is a million degrees).

Anyway, it's a good idea for a lazy sunny holiday. The snorkelling is brilliant. Hardly costs anything for a whole day at sea in a boat. And the hotel where we stayed had a jetty so you could snorkel on the beach next to the hotel as well.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 14:05:52

Don't fancy Egypt. Have visions of being virtually imprisoned in a concrete hell. And too hot.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 14:06:29

I love Spain, tbh. Or Greece.Am an old fashioned kinda gal.

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 07-Jan-13 14:08:19

No, it was lovely, we only didn't venture out much because we were only there for a week and too lazy. The weather was 28 degrees in December though, god knows what happens in summer.

I would love to go to Greece again, haven't been since dd was born.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:01:48

Anybody know Protaras, Cyprus ?

A better beach(es), I believe

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:02:41

GetOrf, I also have "issues" with the Middle east smile

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 07-Jan-13 17:03:50

Though - july in Cyrpus will be hot. It was over 40 when I went in August one year. (Limassol - it was a dump, and expensive)

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 07-Jan-13 17:08:04

You saying Greece has made me look at Greek islands.

I really fancy going there in the summer. Symi, or Santorini. Or Kos. I went to Aegina about 20 years ago but can't find any company which offers that island now (can't be arsed with doing it individually, I don't want adventures).

God I never thought I would say that. I just want to be a dull sheep now on holiday. Someone else can think for me!

Went to Protaras 4 years ago. Beaches crap, small and scruffy. Resort cheesier than cheese. Think "Only Fools and Horses" bar and Tribute acts. The boys loved it

Paphos is very refined compared with Protaras.
I too have issues with Egypt and Turkey.
DH and I used to go to little idyllic Greek islands with nothing to do and only one bar. The kids would hate it though.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:12:49

I am going more sheeplike, tbh

I used to book everything separately and always went self catering. Now I want it all done for me, food and drink included grin

Have never been to Cyrpus, and I keep coming back to it

bigTillyMint Mon 07-Jan-13 17:12:51

AF, I am watching this - I too have teens who want AI, and a DH who wants to keep the costs down!

We did Sharm last year which ticked all the boxes for the DC and was very cheap. It was in the 40's but was not unbearably hot as long as you didn't move far from a parasol by the pool or beach and the aircon was great!

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:14:07

oh noooo, SS, I thought I might have cracked it with Protaras

all the bumf says the beaches along that coast are lovely < grr >

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:14:45

not doing Middle east for political reasons, Tilly

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:16:06

could reconsider Turkey, I s'pose

teenage dd is 2 years older than last time we went and should be better able to fend off the constant in-yer-face sexual attention she got from the sleazebag blokes

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:17:35

I like weather

not hiding away from it in aircon buildings

I am always fucking freezing in air con'd hotels....I end up needing my duffle coast when it's gorgeous outside

chipsandpeas Mon 07-Jan-13 17:17:37

protaras is much better than paphos imo, the beaches are lovely and plenty of watersport stuff to do, boat trips as well
plenty of bars and resturants as well from memory the chinese and the indian on the main strip done lovely meals

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 17:19:04

I need to stop asking for opinions really, like arseholes everyone has one (but keep 'em coming...)

MikeLitoris Mon 07-Jan-13 17:21:12

The beach in protaras is lovely.

I have loads of pics.

It will be busy and very hot in july.

The resort isnt the classiest of places but if you want somewhere chilled but lively enough for teens I dont think you can go far wrong.

Water park nearby too.

BlingBubbles Mon 07-Jan-13 17:22:25

We went to paphos in the summer with my then 1yr old Dd, we loved it! It is super hot so most days we just spent it jn the pool, the water park is loads of fun and dd loved it. There are some lovely restaurants along the harbour front. We hired a car and drove around the island, it was lovely. DH had been to Ayai napa in his single days and said paphos was nothing like that, I think it's definitely aimed at the family market.

The beach in Protaras is too small for the number of visitors IMO. If it was empty it would be ok.
Beaches nearer the dreaded Ayia Napa are better, esp Nissi beach.
We are actually going there in July, very close to the water park. It is a very good water park, though not as good as Siam park according to DS.

We will be a few miles out of Ayia Napa but I plan to take the DSs there one night to show them the dark side. Actually it could not be worse than Blackpool where I made the mistake of visiting last year.
Cyprus will be HOT in July and August which suits me fine.

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 07-Jan-13 17:46:37

Lara beach in turkey is great. A strip of 5 star hotel complexes along a lovely beach. We have stayed at the lara beach hotel, and the concord hotel. I fancy the delphin palace this year, or is it the imperial? Hmm, well no matter they're all excellent.

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 07-Jan-13 17:48:12

Oh and I've been to paphos too, we stayed at Athena beach I was nice but turkey trumps it because it's a shorter flight grin

XBenedict Mon 07-Jan-13 17:48:26

I lived in Cyprus for 3 years (back in the UK for 3 years now). If I was to go back I would stay in Pissouri (just south of Paphos) and stay in the Columbia Beach Resort or Hotel - they are next to each other.

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 17:50:14

We also went to a holiday park in Corsica, that had soem sprts activities attached to it.

They did speak more French and less English than we expected.
But the part where we went, and I think the whole island ,is safe. A place where they do not lock their doors.
Your DD may have to be a bit prepared to have French boys oggling her there though.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 18:10:34

Oggling is fine (to a point)

Full on sexual harassment, not so much. And it carried on for months after the holiday as she very naively made FB friends with a few of them. I won't tell you what kinds of conversations, pictures and requests were made of her, probably from men with families back "home" while they worked in the resorts.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 18:11:27

The budget won't stretch to 5 * sad

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 18:22:11

It was limited to oggling where we were.
Hanging around outside our chalet, or watching her at the pool.
There was a great big language barrier!

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 18:29:55

The language of sleazy bastards is international smile

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 07-Jan-13 18:36:28

Which appt resort in Paphos were you considering AF?

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 18:37:27

It took us a few days to notice!
The boys were about 14 or 15 years old.
I thought they must of had a chalet near ours!

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Mon 07-Jan-13 18:38:58

I went to Paphos last May with my DH. Stayed at a First Choice all inclusive hotel called Louis Phatheleon (or similar)

I'd happily go again, it was lovely. No yobs, no idiots, no hen parties etc.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 18:53:56

Have forgotten, ER, I have looked at that many < head spin >

Am currently wavering over Papantonia Hotel Apts in Protaras, however. Cheap and cheerful. Reviews not too awful.

Can't make my mind up though, am also considering Menorca and Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 18:55:06

AMY, I am talking about men in their twenties and thirties ! (when dd was 14)

yes, really

MikeLitoris Mon 07-Jan-13 19:00:41

Iirc the papantonia is not very close to main part of protaras.

I have stayed in tsokkos beach and Vangelis.

Both decent if basic holiday bases.

Vangelis was an appt and tsokkos beach was a hotel.

We went self catering in vangelis but the food looked ok.

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 19:02:28

Papantonia nearer to Pernera, according to the bumpf....connected by a pedestrianised boardwalk thingy (I like them)

AnyFucker Mon 07-Jan-13 19:03:46

Pernera beach connected to Protaras beach, sorry (and possibly round to Fig Tree bay, towards Ayia Napa)

Have no wish to go to Ayia Napa, but wouldn't mind a nosy.

amillionyears Mon 07-Jan-13 19:05:17

AF! awful.

MikeLitoris Mon 07-Jan-13 19:06:58

It is a lovely walk around the beach.

We love it there tbh. Obviously it isnt the maldives but its clean, the people are friendly and the water is beautiful.

I would definitely be going again this year if the budget would stretch.

mrsfassbender Sun 13-Jan-13 19:20:51

oooh am i too late for this thread AF? Have you booked? Just wanted to say that Fig Tree Bay is lovely, and where the Cypriots go.
I like Paphos and don't think of it as a boozy kids resort at all, that's definitely Napa.
We are hoping to get out there for 1st time in almost 4 years this summer and will either be Paphos or Limassol.

PS Columbia Beach Resort at Pissouri is amazing but vay pricey.

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