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

Reviews for Cyprus self guided walking holiday, North Cyprus

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review 29 Apr 2018

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

The diversity of our itinerary! We loved that each day was different. And of course being in Cyprus, both south and north plus the Amalfi coast was absolutely amazing! Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Also enjoyed all the extra activities and eateries that were recommended.

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

The recommended packing worked really well. We basically did 3 different countries, GPS and maps essential. Also allow extra room for all your purchases. Lots of local wares, including art, wine and lemon cello.

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

For sure! We stayed and ate at family owned business's. Knew all the local taxi drivers by the time we left! The people were all so kind to us, and treated us so well.

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

I have done a fair amount of travelling, this trip was right up there! This was my first self guided holiday, loved it, you went at your pace. Enjoyed the adventure!

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Kathi. Thank you so much for your excellent review. We are delighted to know how much you all enjoyed your three holiday destinations. Thank you too for all your brilliant feedback; it was good to keep in touch throughout your various adventures.

review 29 Apr 2018

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

The hotel was delightful

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

You have to make a difficult decision - go early (March or early april) for the best wildflowers, or go later in April when there is a greater chance of lovely weather. We went in late april and many of the most interesting flowers were over.

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

Local family hotel, local taxi firm used.

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

It was a very pleasant holiday. The area is more developed than we'd hoped for.

review 22 Oct 2017

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

Climbing to the top of crusader castles and seeing amazing views.

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

The hotel restaurant needs booking ahead - will be convenient to do this for your first night before arriving if needed.

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

I felt the opportunity to stay in the Bellapais Gardens hotel and use many local businesses was good for local people.

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

Excellent, great hotel and beautiful walks.

review 2 Nov 2017

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

Lovely views from the walks

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

Keep an eye on the weather, both for heat and rain, some of the walks are exposed. Take time to look at the castles and monasteries, though not well kept by the local tourist board they are very different and interesting.

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

No really visible elements, car was hired locally by the company and the hotel was a local family run hotel employing local staff.

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

Very enjoyable holiday, some lovely walks and great accommodation

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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