The Greek island of Cyprus is a popular destination for holidaymakers and there are many hidden gems away from the main tourist areas. One such place is the village of Arakapas, which sits at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in the centre of this Mediterranean island. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
This area of Cyprus has some fantastic places to explore and is popular for hiking and sightseeing. The Troodos Mountains are also a popular destination for mountain biking. Perhaps surprisingly though, the mountains also offer winter skiing with 10 ski runs for people of all abilities. There is plenty on offer here for sports enthusiasts with several golf courses and tennis courts in the south western corner of the island A drive to the south coast of Crete takes about one hour and there are some lovely sandy beaches for sunbathing and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Various watersports can be tried in Cyprus including water skiing, paragliding, jet biking, banana boats and diving. Fasouri Waterpark is about half an hour away and has slides, wave pools, tubes and a lazy river amongst other things. There are a few places to dine in the area including restaurants, coffee shops and tavernas serving mainly local and Greek cuisine. Visitors will find some shops here too with souvenirs available including a few local arts and crafts. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink from the supermarket and a butcher shop.
Arakapas has some interesting old buildings including the 11th century church of Panagia Iamatiki. Visitors can enjoy the community gardens as well as the plethora of bougainvilleas, geraniums, grape vines, lemon, orange, pomegranate and walnut trees in the village. The island has many interesting towns and buildings to visit including the ancient Curium and Kolossi Castle in the Limassol area. The Stone Age settlements at Choirokitia are also well worth a visit and are located half way between Larnaca and Limassol.
Cyprus is generally warm throughout the year and very hot in summer. The warmest time of the year to visit Arakapas is generally July and August when the average is approximately 32 degrees centigrade. However temperatures can reach as high as 42 degrees centigrade during the summer months. January is the coolest time of the year with an average of 15 degrees centigrade. Rainfall between June and September is rare with the wettest time of year normally around December and January when there can be occasional heavy thunderstorms.
Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is approximately a 45 minute drive from Arakapas and has flights to and from many European cities such as Athens, Budapest, Copenhagen, Brussels, Gothenburg, Kiev, London