2 independent reviews for Cyprus self guided walking holiday, North Cyprus

Reviews for Cyprus self guided walking holiday, North Cyprus

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review 6 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

An unscheduled meeting with a large whip snake during one of our walks. 3m long and coming straight at us. We know now that they aren't poisonous, but it was a bit of shock. We've dined out on it since. North Cyprus is a beautiful country, outstanding scenery and friendly people everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The walking terrain isn't difficult, but there are rocky / stony sections, so take a comfortable pair of boots / thick-soled walking shoes. If you use them, walking poles could be helpful for the mountain treks.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed in a very comfortable hotel, but ate at local restaurants frequently. The food is excellent. We visited during Easter 2016. It's a great time to visit the country - the temperature is pleasant and perfect for walking, particularly in the morning. We were welcomed where ever we went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Outstanding. Lots to do and see, great walking, great food and a very nice hotel.

review 17 Apr 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Difficult to pick out a single event. The magnificent, tall, yellow wild fennel; the carpet of cyclemen; the single Sufi performing his "whirling dervish" trance; the view of sea and mountains from the terrace outside my room; the scent of orange blossom in the hotel gardens was intoxicating; our guide, Christina, was so enthusiastic, knowledgable and helpful. Her fluent Turkish was impressive and she certainly gave me an insight into the Greek/Turkish actions and their effects on Cypress over the last 50 years. The walks took us into the mountains where it was so quiet, the air so clean and the views so good you wanted to just sit and stare.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You get a lot of food, so don't go mad on the mezes. The evening meals at the hotel were very good for set meals but it would be nice to have an option to have an a la carte meal on occassion to take full advantage of what's on offer. None of us asked but that does not mean we could not have done so. The room was cold despite the heating and the fluffy, white dressing gowns provided. There was a cold wind in the evening so don't bother with sandals or summer dresses! Don't put toilet paper down the loo in the hotel. There was no instruction to do this but when I asked, that is what I was advised to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We had a series of wonderful meals in local restaurants and cafes in both town and countryside. These specialised in local produce and homemade cooking. As a group we were all conscientious about keeping to paths and taking rubbish away with us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A lovely respite from the fast and furious life that is Hackney, London.

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