As the chill factor kicks in, the festive season doesn’t have to be all about crowded places, parties and load music. Take a step away from the buzz, unwind and rejoice with loved ones this holiday season with a little downtime in cosy joints with roaring fireplaces adding an alternative flair to your winter days and nights. From quaint country hotels, to wonderful restaurants and bars that ooze undisputed charm, My Cyprus Insider lets you in on some of our favourite places!
1. Tudor Inn Bar, Larnaca
When it comes to all things warm and cosy while you devour your beloved tipple, the Tudor Inn Bar is a great choice for an intimate winter rendezvous during the holiday season.
And this place which oozes the charm of an old English pub from days of old hosts great music events as the fireplace works its magic night in and night out.
Where? 28A Lala Mustapha Pasha, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 96-511065
2. Chesters Bar, Limasssol
Ideal for those who love a good old fashion style sports bar, you can slurp on your favourite beer at Chesters Bar and Restaurant, with two fireplaces setting just the right atmosphere for that Christmassy night out. If you fancy a nibble, there’s plenty of pub grub to choose from!
Where? 194 Amathoundos Avenue, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-025555
3. To Katoi, Omodos, Limassol district
Delicious food? Check? Lovely ambiance? Check. Crackling fireplace? Check.
Housed in an atmospheric medieval Cypriot mountain house – complete with its hanging chandeliers, pointed arches and wooden beam ceilings – To Katoi serves an array of delicious Cypriot dishes with a twist as the fireplace sets just the right ambiance for the holiday season.
Where? 25 Linou st, Omodos village. Tel: (+357) 25-423033
4. The Sama, Spilies, Troodos district
A lovely little tavern in Spilia village (just off the main road past Kakopetria and up to Troodos), The Sama is as cosy as it is cute, boasting quintessentially Cypriot charm as local dishes filled with flavour arrive on the table in a firelit dining room.
When you’ve warmed up indoors, you may like to venture out for a walk along one of the area’s great nature trails as outdoor splendour beckons.
Where? Spilia village, Troodos. Tel: (+357) 22-519559
5. Platos Bar and Restaurant, Nicosia
If there’s one place that you’ve got to head to for a festive drink in the capital, it’s has got to be Platos Bar and Restaurant; an old sandstone building tucked away in the historic streets of Old Nicosia with random bric-à-brac bringing the olde worlde interior to life.
With a vast selection of beers, spirits and wine from around the world, sip on your favourite drink while ogling at the roaring fireplace in the covered outdoor area. Feeling hungry? They dish up massive burgers and lovely marinated souvlaki.
Where? Platonos St, Old Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22 666552
6. Agrino restaurant, Apokryfo hotel, Lofou, Limassol district
Head up the beautiful winegrowing district and have spot of lunch at the beautiful Agrino restaurant that forms part of the Apokryfo boutique hotel.
With a big emphasis on fresh local ingredients, you’ll be drooling with every bite as you kick back in a meticulously decorated interior by Thesis. And you may just be tempted to put your feet up in one of the cosy rooms for the night…!
Where? Apokryfo Hotel, Lofou Village. Tel: (+357) 25-813777
7. Lyhnos, Askas village, Nicosia district
Lyhnos in Askas is another one of our fireplace favourites, also boasting a fantastic restaurant that dishes up some divine local dishes with a contemporary twist served alongside a lovely selection of wine.
If you like the place, have a look at their rooms – they also boast fireplaces and make for a wonderful cosy winter holiday.
Where? 1 Michail Koutsofta, Askas, Nicosia district. Tel: (+357) 22-642641
8. Pangratios Tavern, Miliou, Paphos district
Many have said that this place dishes up some of the best meze on the island, while others love the fact that it’s small, cosy, and located in what has to be one of the most beautiful areas of the island deep in the Paphos countryside. Crack open a bottle of red wine, tuck into the little dishes filled with local goodness and let the good times roll!
Where? Miliou Square, Miliou village. Tel: (+357) 70 003757