Πάφος: Pafos and its Archaeological Sites
This is my site Written by Φρεντ Χαρτ on 16 Φεβρουαρίου, 2019 – 11:16 μμ

It was overcast in Larnaca this morning, feeling fresh but otherwise dry.

After a late breakfast and a walk along the sea front and through the market, I went to inspect my car in daylight. I figured out how to use the climate control – Clearly the car had been used by a Greek most recently, so I turned the temperature right down.

My car for the weekend

If you look closely at Cypriot number plates – or at least the newer ones – they now show in small print the month and year of registration. My car is 4 years old (dated 02/15), and is quite a good car for a hire car. 6 gears, got quite a bit of power, not that you need a fast car out here though, in a country where the national speed limit is 100km/h – just 60mph!

Today involved quite a bit of driving, but relatively easy – motorway all the way from Λάρνακα-Larnaca to Πάφος-Pafos and then back again this evening – a journey of 140km (86 miles) in each direction.

In a windy Pafos I met up with Will, a friend from Cirencester who has been here since the beginning of January. We spent some time walking around the various archaeological sites in Pafos and drove the short distance to a local restaurant where we had a 3 course meal for €12,50 each. (The στιφάδο-stifado was very good)

Spot the cat sitting having a wash on the mosaic.

It was dark for most of the journey back, as I didn’t leave Pafos until after 5. My observations of the Cypriot roads are that

  1. Absolutely no one pays any attention at all to the speed limits.
  2. No one, that is, apart from the Cypriot police car who trundled along in the slow lane at 100km/h with his blue lights on – but it didn’t seem to bother him that just about everyone overtook him at 120km/h*.
  3. *Unofficially, there is a 20km/h tolerance above National Speed Limit.
  4. High-end BMWs and Mercs seem to make up a large proportion of the vehicles on the roads here.
  5. Tailgating seems common. Some drivers get far too close for comfort.
  6. When an unmarked police car (a very fast Audi) with blue lights on came up behind me on the way back in to Larnaca, I thought for a minute he was about to pull me over. He didn’t.

Back in Larnaca, I strolled down to the sea front and had a light meal in a relatively busy restaurant overlooking the promenade.

Tomorrow not so much driving but I won’t have sat nav available – I’m heading to Northern Cyprus and while I will be able to use sat nav to see my GPS position, it won’t calculate directions from A to B once I cross the border.

That means I’ll be relying completely on Turkish road signs to find my way around (easier said than done)! I’ll try not to do what I did last year, which was to take a wrong turn and end up going down a dirt track for several miles, then driving down a half built (unfinished) motorway in a bid to find my way back to an actual road…

I will update tomorrow on the outcome of that, assuming I can find my way back to the border.



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