Catherine & the contestant’s Tour
A local Tour Guide Thalia Sofiali gave Catherine + the Irish contestant a tour of the Castle – she provided them with some History of the Castle + brought them around the interior space (which is open air) and also up on to the roof to see the views.
Contact Person Marina Mylona Marketing Dept (Cyprus Tourism Organization)
Address: Medieval Fort, Larnaca, Cyprus
Located by Larnaka’s Psarolimano Fishing Shelter, the award-winning Kastella Beach is a 600-metre long strip with fine sands of varying shades of brown and beige, calm, clear and shallow seawaters, and touches of greenery. There are several services and facilities at the beach, including toilets, showers, changing rooms, sun beds, luxury double loungers, umbrellas, beach bar and dustbins. Lifeguards with lifesaving equipment and first aid services are stationed at the beach from June – October, 10:30-18:00. Various forms of marine life are sometimes visible in the deeper waters, including sea bass, sea bream, parrotfish, grey mullet, crabs and octopus, whilst the fresh catch of the fishing shelter next door is served at the fish taverns on the harbour. The area of the beach is also surrounded by many traditional fish taverns, restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlours and kiosks, and attracts both families and younger crowds. Access to the beach is easy and safe by foot, bike, bus or car, with a bus stop a few metres along the road and a cycle path running parallel. There are car-parking facilities opposite the beach at the municipal car park, and also at the neighbouring fishing shelter. The beach also offers disabled access.
Contact Person: Maria Thompson, Beach Manager
Address: Kastella Beach, Piale Pasa, Larnaca, Cyprus
It’s location means the daily arrival of quality fresh seafood.
The restaurant was opened in the mid 1970s by Petros Nicolaou and remains a family business, which ensures the key secrets of Zephyros have remained.
Catherine and contestant tasted the following
- Red Mullet
- Gilt-head Sea bream
Contact Person: Mr. Petros Trapezaris
Address: Piale Pasa 37, Larnaca, Cyprus
Cyprus Taste Tours
Discover the culture & people of Cyprus through traditional foods and wine… Join us for a journey to some of the island’s hidden food establishments, traditional product workshops & award winning wineries. Sample authentic snacks, dishes and drinks whilst exploring the backstreets of Cypriot towns or villages. Cyprus Taste Tours was founded in 2011 by locals with a passion for food and exploring what Cyprus has to offer. We believe that the food and culinary traditions of this island offer a shortcut into the culture & history of this beautiful place and a food or wine tour is a must on any visitors to-do list during their stay!
Cyprus Taste Tours was started by Louisa and Yiota, two good friends with a passion for eating great food and meeting new people. After Louisa experienced a delicious food tour in Barcelona, she came back to Cyprus and shared with Yiota her thoughts on this amazing experience. Full of enthusiasm about the idea, Yiota suggested bringing this experience to Cyprus and of course Louisa agreed!
Yiota Mallas – food writer with a great love for Cypriot cuisine – together with Louisa Georgiou – a food and travel enthusiast – are on a mission to seek out and sample all cuisines, weird and wonderful. After living abroad and travelling to different countries, they’ve developed their palates and learnt to appreciate good food. Now both settled in Cyprus, they’ve explored the island and put together a hot list of the very best eating establishments for you to experience! They took us to Militzis Restaurant, to taste some traditional Cypriot dishes.
Contact: Yiota + Louisa
One of the things Militzis is well known for is its Kleftiko cooked in an authentic clay oven.
If you enjoy a tasty, traditional meal served in a location with beautiful sea views, Militzis is the place to visit, enjoy not only their traditional food but hospitality as well.
Catherine and contestant tasted the following:
- Stifado ( slow cooked beef with onions ).
- Kleftiko (slow roasted lamb with potatoes)
- Galaktoboureko for dessert (Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with layers of golden brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter, filled with the most creamy custard and bathed in scented syrup).
Kleftiko is a traditional and delicious Greek lamb dish. Marinated overnight then slow-cooked, the lamb is fabulously moist and tender. Cook potatoes underneath the lamb and you’ll get the best roast potatoes ever.
The Origins of Kleftiko
The story goes that kleftiko takes it’s name from the Klephts or Kleftes. The Klephts were a group of bandits who fought Ottoman rule in Greece between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries . It’s said that, living in the mountains, the Klephts would steal sheep and cook them in underground pits. The idea was that the smoke and aroma wouldn’t be detected. The Greek word kleftes means thieves (think kleptomania), hence kleftiko.
Address: Militzis Restaurant, 42 Piale (or Pigiale) Pasa, Larnaca
Allokot Café (Halloumi Making)
Allokot Café is set in an old house and they demonstrate the halloumi making (Traditional Cypriot Cheese) in one of their rooms – “Rigena’s Workshops”.
The women who prepared both kinds of cheese were Mrs Maria Christoforou and Mrs Despina Christoforou. Halloumi or haloumi is a semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes even cow’s milk. It has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled.
The kind of cheeses introduced were:
a. Halloumi. Can be used in every possible way imaginable in the kitchen. Either fried, oven baked, grilled or raw, sweet or salty/savoury option. (grilled hallloumi in pitta bread, grated for pasta, pizza topping, sandwich ingredient, cyprus meze dish, replaces fetta in salad, pastries with grated halloumi in them etc)
b. Anari – soft cheese used for sweets (anari cream with baclava pastry as base and cryshed walnuts, warm chunk with drizzled honey, served on pitta or bread with cinammon on top, used as cottage cheese in salads). When hard can be grated for various dishes.
Contact Person: Constantinos (Manager)
Address: Agiou Iakovou 14, (Off the village square), Choirokoitia 7741
Larnaka’s most famous promenade of ‘Foinikoudes’ is a 600-metre long stretch that combines coast, entertainment and culture along its palm tree lined length. The distinctive, towering palm trees were planted in the 1920s and have become a landmark in the city, with the strip attracting large crowds both day and night.
Beach: The beachfront of fine sands and calm, shallow waters is flanked by the marina with its pier and fishing harbour on the one end, and a second pier and the Medieval Castle at the other.
Sports: Water sports are available on the beach during the summer months. During the winter season, there is a Pentaque court on the sands.
Boat trips: A variety of boat trips operate from the marina, ranging from full-day fishing expeditions to short glass-bottom boat rides.
Drinking and dining: The entire length of the strip offers a huge variety of places to eat, drink… and relax! On one side of the beach road, independent cafes mingle with international coffee houses, and fast food franchises sit alongside local and international fine cuisine. On the beach side, kiosks offer ice-creams and quick snacks and drinks and are posted along the entire length.
Entertainment: The Seafront Stage and Europe Square are the scene of many events from concerts and festival entertainment programmes to bazaars and cultural demonstrations. The smaller Kimon Square is also used for events, including charity and children’s events, and is located in front of a small funfair and entertainment centre. The main celebration held along Foinikoudes is the annual Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood), with Larnaka holding the biggest event on the island consisting of premier entertainment, a huge traditional fete of games, food, drink and merchandise, a funfair on the sands and many competitions and activities.
Culture: The promenade offers two main cultural landmarks at either end of its length. At the very start is Europe Square with its restored Colonial buildings (built in 1881) that now house the Municipal Art Gallery, the Municipal Archives, the Historic Archives Museum and the Larnaka Municipal Cultural Services, along with a fountain graced with a sculpture ‘Seagulls in Flight’. At the other end – heralding the finish of the strip – is the grand Medieval Castle (Larnaka Fort), believed to have been originally built during the Middle Ages. Opposite the fort is the Kebir (Buyuk) Tzami Mosque – perhaps the first Ottoman mosque in Cyprus. The road then leads to further cultural options in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Access: The whole promenade is easy to access by foot, bike, bus or car, with several municipal and private car parks servicing the general area. There are multiple entry points with paths and paving leading to the beach and the establishments lining it.
Cyprus Tourism Organization
Contact Person Marina Mylona (Marketing Dept)
Larnaka Tourism Board
Contact Person: Nana Asmeni Pavlou (Tourism Officer)