Slow-burning sunsets and transparent seas.

By Chad Gerber

Slow-burning sunsets and transparent seas.

Booking our way from Israel to Egypt, we found that most flights had a six-hour layover in Cyprus. As I said in my post on Brunei, I like to seize these opportunities, so we extended that layover and explored a new country.

We decided to spend a three-day “layover” in Ayia Napa, on the east coast of the island, for the crystal waters and unbeatable sunsets we’d read about online. It’s cheaper to hire a car, rather than take buses and taxis everywhere, so it was a no-brainer to get some wheels. Now, with water like this, I can’t blame myself for putting the camera away. And I did, mostly. But just for the sake of this blog, here are a few shots from our coastal day trips!

If I had to recommend but one place for a swim, it’d be Ayia Napa Sea Caves, where, on top of floating on your back and bronzing your belly, you can leap from cliffs and, as the name suggests, explore the sea caves carved in their faces. I know I said I put the camera away, but when the water is this clear you’ve got to take some shots beneath the waves.

There  must be some sort of magic in the skies of Cyprus because I’ve never witnessed such a spectacular string of evening glows. No matter where you are near sundown, you’ll want a beer in your hand and some time to soak up the colour.

What did we learn here? That the sun sets best over the Mediterranean? Debatable. Maybe it’s that Cyprus has the world’s clearest waters. Again, debatable. Maybe it’s literally that whenever you can extend a layover, do it. Yeah, that’s probably it. Anyways, I’m off to the corner store to grab some local beers for tonight’s sunset. Peace!


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Written by Chad Gerber, Edited by Nick Petrou