As the official summer season slowly comes to an end (despite the hot weather continuing for a while!) many of you may be tempted to skip the sunbed to explore other territories. And we all know how important it is to have somewhere to kick back and relax when you’re out and about on an adventure, and so, the My Cyprus Insider team has narrowed down some of our favourite benches in areas where you can enjoy the natural world in all its spectacular glory, with spellbinding panoramic views. Just put your feet up and enjoy!
1. Stavrovouni Peaks
Head up the winding country roads that lead up to Stavrovouni Monastery and you’ll soon find yourselves breathing in fresh pine air as the monastery makes an appearance high on a rocky peak. The glorious place could well have stepped out of a magical fairy-tale and attracts countless photographers who wish to capture the beauty on camera. Before you get here, however, the lookout point boasts a couple of benches (pictured in the cover photo above) and ample space for parking with panoramic views of Larnaca Bay and the surrounding area, as the mountain greenery tumbled down to flatland that makes its way all the way down to the sea.
2. Caledonia Falls
In mid-summer, hundreds of crowds island-wide descend on the island’s most famous waterfall to cool off under the rich foliage, with slippery stones leading up to the cascading waters of Caledonia Falls. At an altitude 1330 north of Pano Platres village, things become a little more peaceful and less crowded here in September, and you can kick back amid the sweet-scented pine trees for a rest to remember!
3. Cape Greco National Park
If you’re taking a splash in the turquoise waters of the east coast but fancy kicking back to take in some gorgeous views of the entire coastline when you’ve cooled off, then the Cape Greco National Park is the place to be. There are numerous benches just like the one in the photo below dotted around the park, perched right at the edge of the rocky promontory as the waves crash against the rugged shore.
4. Akamas nature reserve
With so much to set your sights on in the gorgeous Akamas on the west coast of the island, you’ll be making your way through gorges that etch through the area, exploring sea caves, and setting up your umbrellas on untouched beaches that arouse castaway fantasies. And when you want to take it all in, kick back on one of the areas designated benches, where relaxation is the name of the game.